I came across a very funny sounding phrase this week when I was reading 1 Peter. In chapter one Peter writes that we are to Gird up the loins of our mind, and it got me to think ing about not only what this phrase means, but the level at which it impacts our lives. This statement though short and somewhat strange sounding at first glance has huge ramifications for us today as followers of Christ. Are you Girding Up the Loins of Your Mind?
Pastor Nate Devore spoke a powerful word Sunday about Breakthrough in your life. The time is now to dream again. The time is now to step out and shift the climates and cultures of the world that we live in, the places we work, the places we have influence in and even in our own families. We need to be a people of risk and begin seeking God, asking him for the things that scare us a little. We need to never forget that God cares
In the Bible, we see people do what they think they should without considering God’s take on the issue. So many do as they see fit, what they “feel” is right.
We see God in the Scripture seeking to draw us away from the error of simply doing as we see fit. It’s easy to become casual about God and not take Him seriously. All the time there is the pull to simply do as we see fit. Our culture would have the effect of diluting our faith if we become passive about what we believe.
We were so blessed and excited to have Pastor Steve McGowen with us today from Thailand. He encouraged us that no matter how dark it may seem God is always working. And that God has called us to continue the the mission, to continue the work as co laborers with Christ. We will see the kingdom grow when we build people. When we focus on the people in the market and sphere we live in and ask God to bring people to us we pray for them, and we speak truth and hope into their lives. The gospel is simple and we have an exciting life we have been called to live.
So often we are chasing the “what” of life. What is it that we want, what is it that we want to see happen in our lives; at work, at home, in our social circle. But too often that question revolves around one figure, US. We are experts at putting ourselves in the middle of the story.
In his continuation of last weeks message where Pastor Ryan laid the foundation of the Why, he reframes what the “what” should be for us as believers. There are no two greater questions that we should ask ourselves and have solid footing on their answers as believers.
Pastor Ted said a couple of weeks ago that Conversations are construction sites and our words are the building materials. This is true for any human that has ever lived but it is especially important as followers of Christ.
If we claim to have faith in Christ, what should that mean for the way that we live our lives. To have “Faith” is to live as God intends us to live. This morning we unpacked what this word “Faith” means and implies and allowed the story of Philip and the Ethiopian to shed some light on it.
Have you ever thought about your conversations being construction sites? If they are, then the words we use in those conversations become the building materials. What is it that you are building with the materials that you are using? Is it building a structure that will stand the test of time? Will it survive the earthquakes, floods and fires fo life? This is such a crucial part of our life. the ability to communicate but not just to communicate randomly. We have to be able to communicate in ways that build.
The second in a series of messages about the power of our tongue and the words that we use. Each word is a gift and should be given as such. Especially when it comes to forgiveness. Forgiveness is giving someone from the past something they don’t deserve so you can give to those around you what they do deserve.