Today was Back To Church Sunday. And we want you to know that you belong here. You were never meant to go through life alone. God did not design the human experience to be lived as lone rangers but instead to be lived in community. If you have been away from church for awhile, or have never been we want you to know that church is not a place that you go or attend, it is what we are as believers in Christ and we want you to know that God’s plan has always been for you to be a part of it. You belong here!
Have we lost the art of “One Another”. Over 100 times in scripture we read the word’s “one another” we are called to pray for, serve, love, remain in unity, not bite and devour, bear with, forgive, and on and on it goes with '“one another”
But I wonder, have we lost the art of “One Another” in our lives and in our culture? People more than ever are craving relationship and yet we are lonelier and more depressed as a culture than we have ever been.
We are called to be a city on a hill not a city behind a hill. In many ways things haver changed regarding the culture and it can be hard to stand firm and shine bright in a world that is looking to put the light out. Throughout history God has chosen people to stand and to represent the truth and the light to a dark and lost world.
Our time is no different. The gospel is the most positive thing to have touched this planet. If we believe that, it should compel us, and drive us to show the love of the gospel.
What Does God want of you? Do you know? Is it a dominate element in your life? In the Old Testament we get an idea of what God wanted for his chosen people. He very carefully laid out what He wanted, what He expected of people who would be called Children of God.
God has never changed in the sense that He has some powerful expectations for people who have been born again. Our texts today will lead you and I to what He expects of us.
How many of us are one good conversation away. How many people around us are one good conversation away from seeing God move in their lives, their marriages, their workplaces, their homes, their neighborhoods? How many people are one good conversation away from coming to Christ because of hearing the gospel for the first time?
It is a powerful thought. And it is something that we see played out in scripture over and over again.
The Vehicle for change is Conversations
It is never to late for God to work. Many of us have needed help and felt hopeless just as Jaris was when his sick daughter has died. He came running to Jesus for help and even though his story on the surface at that point looked hopeless and seemed to be over. God had other plans. The story did not end there. There was still healing and health to be had and the reminder that it is never to late for God to work.