When we have this bigger picture of what Christ is doing and see that we have a role in bringing about the unity of all things, we should live as bigger people and not smaller people.
All of us are called to be witnesses. All of us can do the work of evangelism. We don’t need the gift of evangelism to share the Gospel. God never intended for that to be the understanding of the church.
When people come into the church, they do not come in like young, raw recruits into the military who are wanting to be shaped into a fighting force. Instead, they come into the church broken, torn, ripped up and in need of healing in their lives.
There must be a vision among the leaders to equip God’s people to do the work. Unfortunately, some leaders want to do all the work.
We are not just passing on information to satisfy intellectual curiosity. We must not fall into the trap of thinking that if we impart information everything will be OK with people. We must teach people to obey!
Do we have apostles and prophets today? The answer is “no” and “yes”. Listen to our message today and learn what I mean by this double answer
We should not be indifferent toward our gifts. Can you imagine giving a gift to someone, someone you love, and then they just set the gift aside and don’t care for it?
A natural ability is given to us at birth. It is built into our DNA. A spiritual gift comes to us at rebirth and is from the Spirit of God and the grace of the enthroned Lord Jesus Christ.
There is only one Body that experiences God’s salvation. There is not a Body of Jews and a separate Body of Gentiles and then among the Gentiles a Body of Blacks and a Body of Whites and a Body of Hispanics and a Body of Asians. There is one body.
As helpful as Christian programs are, as great as Christian music is, as wonderful as different kinds of leadership in the church is, we must go deeper to find and experience the unity that the Spirit of God creates in the church. Unity in churches and among churches is based upon God Himself.
Sin knocks on the door of our hearts and wants to come in masquerading as our friend and servant, but once we let it in, it becomes our master and never wants to leave.
I have some good news for you today. Even though we all have times where we stumble. These are the times to remember that our relationship with God is based upon him and his perfect record, not us and our imperfect record. Let’s learn how this can set us free.
One of the most important lessons to make progress in a holy life is the difference between condemnation for sin and conviction of sin. One is from the devil. The other is from God. Have you learned the difference?
Yes, we live on a fallen planet, but God’s promise is to renew the earth. John saw a new heaven and a new earth. The paradise that was lost through Adam’s sin will be regained as we look forward to the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven.
If people would embrace Christ, imagine the peace that would come as people find reconciliation with one another and unite in the new body that Christ is now creating.