I read recently, "God didn't create a mission for His church, He created a church for His mission."
His mission is to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish HIs mission, we are to be a relentless church because we do have the only real answer to the puzzle of life that people around us are seeking to put together.
In Colossians 3, Paul details things that were a part of our Pre-Jesus life. He includes sexual deviance, anger, rage, malice, obscene language and lying. In contrast to all of that, he tells us that we are to be living a brand new life that is continually learning more and more of what is right. Like a snake sheds its skin,
God wants us to know and not be surprised at difficulties that come into our lives. He describes those temptations, distractions, and disappointments as being normal. He goes on to say that He knows our limits, how much we can handle and when these things go beyond our limits, He will always provide an escape hatch. He set's us up to experience victories.
Have you ever felt that there was no way possible that God could use you after you did........
We all have that thing that we fill in the end of that sentence with. But God isn't done with us yet. He has a plan and a purpose that for exceeds anything we could possibly do or not do in our lives. Pastor Nate delivers a powerful message of hope and and a powerful Word from the Lord. If
Like trees we have to make sure that our root system is strong and deep so that we can grow and live tall in the purpose and plan that God has for us and our lives. If we fail to nourish ourselves on the things that will last we will be like a withering tree that is pushed over at the slightest of storms. But even still we have hope! Even if we are a dried up stump there is still opportunity for us to flourish.
Anything Can Happen! Do you believe it? With God anything can happen. it is amazing the power of thankfulness and the hope that is birthed inside of us when we begin to thank God and recognize his goodness in our lives. It begins to shape us and restore our vision to what it is that God has in store for us and the fact that with God anything can happen.
Tragedy seems to be all to regular of an occurrence these days. What do we do when we wake up to hear that another mass shooting has taken place, a hurricane has wiped out an entire island or region of the world, or that an earthquake has destroyed a country. What do we do when the questions begin to flood into our minds;
When the temple model became dominant in the church, even with a little Christianity sprinkled over it, five ideas from the Jesus Movement were diluted. Today we are going to take those five crucial ideas and see how they exist and how they are defined in the Jesus Movement.
Any parent can tell you, "Don't treat my kids badly." It just so happens that God notices when we treat His kids, His creation badly. That is why we talked about where you and I are to show concern. Because in your lives, your concern it's not to be focused on you, instead the focus is to be on the you beside you.
Jesus launched a brand spanking new movement that was intended to replace the old way of how we worshipped God. There was more talk about love as opposed to law and animal sacrifice would be replaced by self-sacrifice.
Instead of going to the temple, we were the temple. In fact the holiness that was confined to the holy of holies in years past,
Jesus stepped into a world where religion was characterized by the temple model: sacred places that housed sacred texts that were interpreted by sacred men who used those texts to control superstitious people. Jesus initiated something entirely new, a complete departure from the temple model.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus came to this world with the purpose of founding the church. Christianity was born and it had nothing to do with building or programs it had everything to do with a community of people being a part of a brand new movement. Problems came about when well meaning Christians tried to bring the old model along with them into the new community that Jesus was leading people to.