God wants to raise up men and women in His Church whose lives count for His glory on the landscape of human history. But what does that look like day to day? In the parable of the talents we find some truths to carry us into the New Year as we commit to not waste our lives.
Why did Jesus come? And what difference should it make in our lives? In our marriages? In our families, our work, and leisure? In John 18 & 19, we learn the very reason Christ came and the decision we need to make on a daily basis.
Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost but who is lost? It’s easy to think of people like the tax collector, Zacchaeus, as lost, however, we don’t like to think of ourselves as lost. In Luke 19, we learn a very important lesson about Christ thoughts on the matter.
The word blessed gets thrown around a lot but what does blessed really mean? Is it a prime parking spot or an unexpected sale on a much-desired item? If we’re honest, we know that’s not the case. In Luke 1, we learn about a woman who despite challenging circumstances, saw the true favor and blessings of God in her life.
In the world of Ancient Greece, Aristotle believed that the household was a microcosm of the empire at large. From this point of reference Paul writes to the Ephesians in a most scandalous way. He poses that if the kingdom of God invades a household, it can have a large exponential difference through genealogy and by working its way out to the community. In Ephesians 5 and 5 we see how this is played out.
It’s been said that God is not about religion but relationship. There’s some element to which this is true. But what does being religious really mean? In Mathew 9, we’ll take a look at what Jesus really thinks about religion.
We're creatures of habit, and habits are powerful. Daily decisions create habits that determine the substance of our days and either drag us down or help us become the person God created us to be. With all the voices vying for our attention, how do we practice Life in Christ day after day? How do we grow up in our faith? In 1 Timothy we learn the value of spiritual disciplines.
Nothing is wasted when our lives are lived together as the Body of Christ, carrying out His mission in our community & throughout the world. Because of the resurrection, we live a different life. We learn in 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection is not just something we celebrate. The resurrection is something we live.
The Holy Spirit helps to give us an identity in Jesus together. He desires for us to grow up into one another & each find our place in the Body; in the family together. We learn in 1 Corinthians that He thoughtfully gives us spiritual gifts to help with that.
The Church is not a place to go but it is a people, a family, with whom we belong. It’s not a place where you just show up but a people with which you live together in harmony of purpose. In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn we will not be, experience, or express the full wisdom, beauty, and power of God unless we embrace that He has Sovereignly guided our steps and our lives, to one another.
It’s really inconvenient to be a good friend but that is what God is calling us to be. In Mark 12, we learn that in order to be a true friend, you have to make room for people and their brokenness. If we do it right, it makes room for the gospel to shine.