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.
Like working out at the gym, it takes showing up regularly and determination to “do the work” in order to build true Biblical community. We read in Acts about the first gospel shaped community; a community that we can be a part of as well but it takes work.
In this technologically-driven age, it has become quite easy to isolate ourselves. We take on the lone-wolf mentality that says, “I don't need anyone. I can pull myself up from my bootstraps. I can fend for myself.” We see in Ecclesiastes, however, that the most powerful and wisest man in the world says we need community.
The Psalms are a collection of praises, complaints, pleas, declarations, & questions. They teach us how to go to God at all times & trust Him in all things to be our God & Good Father. When we do that – we are worshippers in Spirit & in Truth.
God is speaking to us in many ways. The question is: “Are we listening?”
In Psalm 19, we learn two ways that God communicates with humanity; through creation and His Word.
The reality of the cross is meant to wreck our lives in the most beautiful of ways. It changes everything inside of us and calls us to live holy lives that honor what Jesus has done for us. We often think of holiness as simply 'the act of right living', but we learn in 1 Peter that holiness is much more than that.
Paul traveled to many different places and spoke to many different cultures influencing them for the sake of the gospel. How did Paul posture himself to act as a good and faithful servant to such a multiplicity of people? We learn from Paul, who was a follower of Christ, first and foremost, what that looks like and how we might model our lives in the same way.
Paul was "all things to all people" for the sake of Christ. Now it's our turn. We are to go to the people and preach Christ. Our Lord calls us to be "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). But how? We learn in Acts that the method may very well be there is no method but, rather, a willingness to be used by God in very unique ways.
Today the gospel is too often being proclaimed apart from the Bible and catered specifically to it’s audience. The early Church, however, had a very different approach that we should follow. How do we turn the world upside down? What do we talk about? What is our method? In the book of Acts we find out.
God has a mission and He calls His church to join His mission. What we see in the book of Acts, is that the mission of God is to draw people in to Himself through faith in Jesus Christ. But what kind of people does God use to turn the world upside down?
As the Hebrews prepare to enter the Promise Land, God instructs Moses to gather up ALL the people to hear His Word for them. Oddly, in this critical moment in the history of God’s people, God is giving parenting advice. In Deuteronomy 6, we learn that whether we have children or not, we have a role in the next generation.