This passage is a user's manual for harmonious community. Paul gives practical advice to the church on how to get along. Pastor Josh teaches about living for Jesus.
Real worship isn't just singing songs or learning doctrine; real worship must have hands and feet and action. It is a response of our whole selves that becomes spiritual worship Monday through Saturday as well as Sunday.
People think that in order to be a truly committed Christian and be able to believe, you have to leave your brain behind. The problem of our modern world is that it is thinking too little.
If we are not joyfully worshipping God, it's often because we see him as a slightly bigger version of ourselves. It is a huge mistake to bring him to our level; we need to have our minds blown!
There is a lot of human-level activity in the church and much of it is good. But God is noticeably absent. We celebrate people's authenticity and our community, but we do not center our celebrations on God.
The issues of unity and connectivity and being one in Christ are key. There is nothing more important than for a church to be bonded together around Christ and the gospel.
God has chosen to give you great opportunities through his mercy for a reason. You might use those gifts—your brain, money, time, love, and personality—all for God.
We often think of the Bible as a random collection of quotations, but actually the Bible has a story from beginning to end, and once you see it like that, it helps open up your eyes to its true meaning.
We have to get our minds off of the idea that we're paying our dues to God when we pray or do "works." We can't give God a bill for services rendered and expect payment. Works don't work; faith does work.
Paul talks about unceasing anguish over his people not knowing Jesus and having their eternal destiny on the line. We can use that pain to search for riches.
Holiness seems a little unreal and maybe a little intense. We think holiness is for monks or nuns. If we get too into God, it might prevent us from enjoying life. Sermons about holiness can seem like one long guilt trip.
This verse is misunderstood; it is not for everyone. It is so often used as a band-aid to try and encourage a person, but we have to look at it in context. Pastor Josh explains.
There is a great tendency in today's information age to assume that information is the same as wisdom. Habakkuk is a model for us. When he had a question, Habakkuk didn't go to Google, he went to God for answers.
The book of Habakkuk is a great reminder for those of us who are committed to the Scriptures, particularly those of us who are preachers or Bible study leaders or parents, to not only be committed to the Scriptures, but also be committed to prayer. It is wise for the church to choose leaders who lead from their knees.
The great root of personal insecurity is not being known. That's the great part of being at home—people greet you. What election tells us is that God knows us. And we have hope that we're going to be with Him.