Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
If FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST are to restore the perception of CHRIST and what RELATIONSHIP is all about – we must understand accurately WHO the CHRIST of the NEW TESTAMENT was – we need to become more thoughtful of our FAITH!
Instead of spending our time lashing out at the CULTURE (which Jesus Christ NEVER did) – we need to focus more on CONFORMING OURSELVES INTO HIS IMAGE!
The apostle Peter describes the ancient form of EVANGELISM that we need to REDISCOVER and EMPLOY (Put into ACTION!) … 1 Peter 3:15-16
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
THIS is what I’m saying…
JESUS CHRIST expects His followers to LIVE an EXEMPLARY LIFE that is INTRIGUING TO OTHERS – not one that repulses them!
Peter is implying in this verse that a ‘discussion of personal faith’ should be initiated by someone else – not the “CHRISTIAN!”
‘BEING PREPARED” is suggesting that someone is going to ASK A QUESTION!
-That will only happen when BELIEVERS learn to ATTRACT people rather than turn them away!
I thought that we would close this SERIES out with a POA! (Plan of ACTION!)
That Being... STOP ACTING LIKE A CHRISTIAN… BE ONE!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Imagine if CHURCH was a place where you could come and be accepted for WHO you were! A place where you could come and people actually cared enough about YOU that - when they told you the truth - THEY DID IT IN LOVE!! THEY DID IT WITH GRACE!! There wasn’t anyone trying to tear you down – you knew you could go home without any fear that someone may talk about what you said or how you looked that day! In essence – the CHURCH was a place where ALL they did was BUILD YOU UP!! Imagine a place where anytime you made a mistake or you offended somebody else - that it was met with FORGIVENESS and ACCEPTANCE!
THE CHURCH IS NOT AN INSTITUTION -
IT'S AN ORGANISM!
-We go to INSTITUTIONS to be SERVED!
-ORGANISMS exist by SERVING EACH OTHER!
Don't miss the first week of this NEW SERIES!
(Maricopa Wells Middle School / 9a & 10:45a)