Laboring in Prayer
A key element in any healthy church is a group of people who labor in prayer. Calling upon God to visit them, bless them, care for them, and stimulate them to growth is crucial to a local body. Finding people willing to do this is difficult because faithful prayer is a labor of love. It takes dedication, strength, and steadfastness.
Being Fit for the Kingdom
Christians are called to live distinct lives. To be a light to the world and a city on a hill. We all must check to see how our lives are being lived and ask ourselves: “are we fit for the kingdom of God?”
The Gospel or Law
There is a stark difference between the gospel and legalism, yet it can easily be confused. We must be serious about protecting the gospel in our lives. Paul leads us in to how we do this.
God is Good, All the Time
The affirmation that God is good is a warm sentiment when life is going right. But when we hit hard times, experience disappointment, and face moments of uncertainty we can be left with the question – is God good? Surveying key points in Scripture allow us to see that even in our most difficult moments, God shows Himself to be good, working out what is best for us, even when we cannot see it.
Father Abraham Had Many Sons
The life of Abraham was marked by faithfulness and trust in the promises of God, which was “imputed to him as righteousness.” In the gospel, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to those whose lives are marked by faithfulness. Salvation is not found in stellar law-keeping, but rests in simple Abrahamic faith in, and obedience to, the promise of God to raise up all who believe and to give them an eternal inheritance.
For the Love of God
Living the mission God has given every believer demands a deep motivation to sustain the effort. The call to love God with all your being as well as loving your neighbor as yourself is overwhelming without lasting motivation. God’s love for you, found in Jesus Christ, is a motivation that gives you eternal motivation.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
The search for fulfillment can take us many place and to many things. King Solomon was a man who had wealth, power, and access to anything he wanted. He used that to search for fulfillment and concluded that all of life finds itself within the glory and greatness of God, our Father.
Finding Fellowship in Christ
We were made by community and for community. This is why all people seek to find some kind of connection. Our ultimate connection is with our Creator. Once that is right, all else can become right. If we seek to fill our connection need with others before Christ we will form fellowship based on circumstances or shared interests. But if we build our connection to Christ first, we’ll then find a fellowship that transcends all other variables.