Posts Tagged ‘Church

23
Jul
18

Showing Our Concern

The apostle Paul was sending one of the Philippians’ own back to them. His name was Epaphroditus. Apparently, this man became sick and nearly died while he was visiting Paul. Paul wrote:

For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. – Philippians 2:26-28 (NIV)

Epaphroditus was a beloved member of the Philippian church. His illness was a great concern to his church family. We need to be concerned about one another in the church. When people are sick or hurting, we need to pray for them and tend to their needs. Pick out someone in your church who is hurting and sick and find out how you can ease their burden or lighten their load. It’s one thing to say you’re concerned and another thing to show the love of Jesus to our brothers and sisters.
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20
Jul
18

Who Knows Your Name?

There are people in the Bible whose names you probably know. There’s Abraham, David, Mary, Peter and Paul among others. There’s Job, Solomon, Esther and John the Baptist, too. These are the ones who appear in the “Hall Of Fame” of the Bible. They all played important roles in God’s story as revealed in Scripture. There are some lesser known people, too. Paul wrote about one of them to the Philippians. He said:

But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. – Philippians 2:25 (NIV)

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Epaphroditus. He was a messenger sent to Paul from the Philippians to report on how things were going in the church there. He also brought Paul a gift from the church. While he may have been a bit player in the Bible, he was important nonetheless. It is important to know that there are no unimportant people in Jesus’ church. Everyone’s name is written in a book – the Lamb’s Book of Life. You have incredible value in the church and in God’s Kingdom. Don’t let anyone dismiss you as a bit player. Jesus died for you because you are precious to Him. He knows your name.
10
Jul
18

Loving Like Jesus

Jesus humbled Himself and left Heaven’s throne for a lowly manger in Bethlehem. He went from being adored by angels to serenaded by goats and sheep. Jesus humbled Himself to the point of being crucified. Paul described Jesus to the Philippians in this way:

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

Jesus died on a Roman cross for your sins and my sins. Crucifixion was a horrible and humiliating way to die. Why would Jesus allow this to happen to Himself? It was because of God’s unconditional, unlimited and unselfish love for the world. God loves us all so much that He would rather suffer and die than live without us for eternity. If Jesus loves us like this, then we should love each other like this. We need to learn to humble ourselves and put Jesus first and others second. Then, we will truly be the church that reflects the love of our Savior.
04
Jul
18

Binding Up The Wounds

We are a nation that has become increasingly divided. There is division everywhere you look. Political parties are fractured and their constituents are fighting. People of different ideologies are bickering. People of different colors and ethnicity are against one another. Even the church is divided, which breaks the Father’s heart.
But what if…
What if the church could clean house and do away with division and fighting?
What if the church could stand as one in the name of Jesus to combat hatred and discord?
What if the church could shine the light of Jesus into the darkest corners of our country and show the world His love?
What if the church could bind up the wounds of a divided nation and demonstrate what true unity looks like?
What if we could be one church under God so as to lead America back to being one nation under God?
Jesus’ prayer was that His people would be one.
May we, as His people, strive for unity in essentials, liberty in opinions and charity in all things so as to let the world know that Jesus is Lord.
03
Jul
18

Like-Minded

The apostle Paul’s greatest desire for the Philippians was that they would be one in heart, spirit and mind. It would bring great joy to him. He wrote:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)

Imagine what would be possible if a church family could come together as one to work together in unity. What would happen if a group of God’s people could be one in love and purpose? What would happen if your church was one in spirit and mind? Instead of fighting with one another, they would be contending for the souls of people. Instead of complaining about not getting their way, they would be focused on more important things. The apostles of the book of Acts were united and God used them to change the world. Imagine what would happen if your church was united behind loving God, loving people and sharing the good news about Jesus and His love. Just imagine that…
21
Jun
18

A Prayer For Love

Paul told the Philippians that he was thankful to God for them and their generosity toward his ministry. Then, he told them about a specific prayer he was praying for them. He wrote:

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)

This is the kind of prayer we should be praying in the church today. Jesus said that the world would know that we belong to Him by the love we have for one another. We need an abundance of love for each other. We need our love to grow because love changes lives. Jesus works through the love of His people for one another to change the world. Pray today for your church that God would increase the love so that people will know that Jesus is real and we belong to Him.
20
Mar
18

What False Teachers Do

Peter, addressing the topic of false teachers, said that they will lead many astray. They would deny the truth and bring it into disrepute, Peter says. He wrote:

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

When false teachers spread lies, two things occur. First, they lead people astray from the truth. Whatever heresy they spread, they end up leading people from the truth. Their version of the truth is really more of a perversion of it. Peter says that their conduct is depraved.
Second, not only do they lead people astray, but they hurt the witness of the church as well. False teachers cause confusion in the church and they hurt the church’s reputation in the world. The world doesn’t know any better for they tend to be ignorant of God’s Word. What is sad is when Christ’s followers are ignorant of the Word of God as well. If we don’t know the truth, we’ll be apt to be led astray and the church will be hurt as well.



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