We need to recapture the idea of the power and authority of Jesus' Word in church life. That is what will feed people; that is what will grow people. And the lack of it is why we have nominal Christianity—people aren't being fed.
Atonement is made at the point of confession. When we sin, grace abounds. Where we fail, mercy thrives. When we are broken, healing comes. God's grace and mercy comes to the point of our real need and brings healing.
When you have a small god people look big. You fear being open about who you are because you care about what others think. The only way to have people be real about who they are is to have them be real about who God is. As you center your life on God, you find fulfillment, integrity, and authenticity.
Consumeristic Christianity finds people choosing a different church just because they don't like the music. When we talk about worship, our goal is to forget about the technicalities of music and actually worship God.
What do you think of when you think of church? Perhaps you just can't see that it's going to make any real difference in the world in the times we live in. Sometimes we compartmentalize God from the rest of our lives. But church is a mission to the world.
Some of you are disappointed by church. To be honest, you would rather play golf on Sunday morning. We all need to be called back to a vision of what the point of church is.
Often we start off on some path in life, and in the end we have a sense that it was not as good as we had hoped it would be. Even the best of human journeys ends with a sense of mild disappointment. But we have a lot to look forward to in the future in God's purpose being fulfilled in us.
The blessing of unity is a great pleasure, and there's really no other experience like it. When you're united with God's people, when you're on a team that's centered on Christ, you discover the secret of teamwork.
Unity has its origin high up and then descends. Our own human attempts don't create unity; ultimately unity comes from God. We are not all the same, but we can experience successful teamwork through Him.
The best-laid plans of men often go awry. This applies to everything from dinner plans to bigger issues. But what about those times when you feel that something God promised to you hasn't come about? God hasn't really let you down because His character is reliable and He has a bigger plan.
People spend their lives doing things that they don't really enjoy. We can think that if we really get spiritual, life is going to be easy. The reality is that's not what we experience. Find out what the Bible has to say about that.
The book of Philemon is a masterpiece of persuasion. Paul appeals to the readers, which is always better for gaining internal transformation rather than getting begrudging cooperation with what you have told them to do. The end point of his appeal is something of real, social, practical implication. The gospel must have that kind of impact in our world today, too.
Knowing the truth about ourselves is so much more than just looking inward. It's coming into an increasing awareness of who we are in relationship to God. And along that journey comes wholeness.
We can build walls to protect us, but without the right values, walls are as weak as the humans who guard them. A little bribe will make the gates open up. Psalm 125 points us to how to be truly secure.
We think of love as a noun, when biblically it is a verb. We think of love as passive, when biblically it is active. We think of love as an experience, when biblically it is a sacrifice. Paul expresses how both the fear of the Lord and the love of Christ motivate him.