This isn't your Grandma's hospitality: Jesus died so that we could be welcomed into the family of God. How does this Gospel Hospitality play out in the church?
The Gospel brings unity because what we love unites us. That means that the Church more than any other group of people in the history of humanity can experience unity, especially between generations.
In order for any church to be healthy, she must have a biblical answer to the question who is in charge?
If church membership is the same voluntary joining that you'd find in any other club, then you're right, it's not in the bible. But if the Church is the holy nation of God's redeemed people, then membership in the local church isn't optional.
God is the only one who can take dead dry bones and make them live. As we kick off our series on Church Revitalization, we seek our great God to do what only he can do.
True, Spirit-filled Christians are called to be as different from the world as darkness is from light.
Jesus told us that if his followers are salty, then they'll get trampled. The stats seem to show that the church in the US is experiencing some trampling why is that?
We all want to be loved. Why then does Jesus say we are blessed when we are persecuted?
Joseph and his relationship with the brothers who sold him into slavery provides a power example of what forgiveness is and how it plays out in relationships.
Peace never just happens, it is made by sons and daughters of God.
Because of Jesus made by the blood of his cross, saving us from our hostility towards God
Pure Gold is just gold. We are pure in heart when our desire is to know God.
In order to show mercy, we must first receive it.
When Mary and Thomas see Jesus after he rose from the dead, everything changes. How we live shows us whether we are serving a living Jesus or a dead Jesus.
Jesus washed dirty feet and whipped people and flipped tables over. Both of these things are meekness because to be meek means to live out the fullness of your identity.
Sadness has a bad rap. Often times we avoid it at all costs. But Jesus shows us that in His Kingdom, we experience the comfort of our heavenly Father when we mourn our sin and the brokenness in the world.
Jesus is not a nice golf buddy to introduce to your friends. He's a revolutionary King who is establishing his counter-cultural Kingdom in our hearts and through our lives.
Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom which means you can have life with God under His rule.
Gospel repentance is way different than religious repentance, and it is the entirety of the life of the believer!
After seeing his baptism and his temptation, Jesus hits the road and begins calling his crew to join him. We see a lot of details in the setting of Jesus' ministry and can embrace our own mission in light of his!
The relationship between Jesus and the Church, His Bride is just astounding. He gave himself up for her, and he faithful cleanses her, and will someday present her as holy and perfect!
Right now the Church isn't perfect, but we have the joy of being apart of Jesus' work to cleanse her! And we have the hope of knowing that someday she will be with out blemish.
Prayer is how the truth of the Word, the glorious doctrine of our Faith becomes something we experience. It's a duty that leads to delight!
With the rest of the Armor of God, you'll be able to stand, to avoid being defeated. But with out the Sword of the Spirit you won't be able to be victorious.