Posts Tagged ‘Church

07
Apr
20

Back To The Future?

Toward the end of the book of Colossians, the apostle Paul sends greetings to various people. While we may not know who some of these people were, we know that they were important to the first century church. Paul sent greetings to a few more in Colossians 4:14-16 (NLT) when he wrote:

Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas. 15 Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house. 16 After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.

Notice that Paul said to greet Nympha and the church that met in her home. Church in the first century was much different than the church that meets in the 21st century. They met in homes and not in large buildings. The settings were more intimate and usually centered around a meal. What is interesting is that in this time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it is almost as if we’ve gone back to doing church like they did in the first century. Small gatherings meeting in homes hearing a message and praising God. They didn’t have live streaming then, but many churches do now. What was old is now new again. Let us thank God that we live in a time when we are able to go back to the future and still have church. Even if it is done differently than many of us have ever experienced before.

22
Mar
20

Faith In Uncertain Times

Here is the latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

You can also catch the live stream of our services at http://gfcc.online.church or http://vimeo.com/griffithfcc on Saturdays at 5:30 PM (CDT).

You can watch the live stream on demand anytime at http://vimeo.com/griffithfcc.

Thanks for tuning in!

Shawn

13
Mar
20

Wives And Husbands

The marriage relationship between a husband and wife is a mirror image of Christ and His church. Just as Christ is the head of the church, so too is the husband the head of the households. Just as the church follows the lead of Jesus Christ, the wife is to follow the lead of her husband. Husbands and wives have different roles in the family, yet they are equal when it comes to salvation and eternal life. This is what the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:18-19 (NLT):

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

Was Paul some kind of misogynist? Is this an archaic teaching that doesn’t stand up to 21st century cultural norms? Not at all. Again, the marriage relationship mirrors that of Christ and His church. The church, as the bride of Christ, submits to the leadership of Jesus. Jesus loves His bride and never treats her harshly. Wives should submit to their husbands’ leadership in the family. Husbands are commanded to love their wives unconditionally and never treat them harshly. When it comes to family roles, our eyes should focus on Jesus and His bride for this is our model for how to get it right.

10
Mar
20

Peace In Our Hearts

There are all kinds of reasons that are given as to why people don’t go to church or have left the church and not looked back. I’ve heard it said that the church is full of hypocrites. It’s true and there is always room for one more. People say that they don’t believe in organized religion. If you’re a part of a church, then you know that it there is hardly anything that is truly organized about it. You should see my desk! Maybe you’ve been a part of a church that was always fighting. There was a split or people just couldn’t get along and it left a bad taste in your mouth. It’s not supposed to be that way. We are supposed to love one another and live in peace with one another. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15 (NLT):

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Did you hear that? The peace that Jesus brings is to rule in our hearts because we are called to be united in peace. We need to be peaceful and thankful people, especially in the church. Church, we need to be loving each other and living in peace with one another because we’re all we’ve got. So make amends with other believers with whom you are at odds and live in peace. After all, we’re going to be together for a long, long time.

09
Mar
20

Love Is Always In Fashion

The apostle Paul described the new “clothes” that Christians are to wear in Colossians 3:13. In verse 14, he tells us how to finish off our outfit with the ultimate fashion statement. He wrote in Colossians 3:14 (NLT):

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Love is always in fashion, especially in the church. Have you ever been to church and it felt more like a fashion show than a worship gathering? Paul says that if we really want to put on a fashion show, let it be because of the love we have for one another. When someone walks into a church service, love should be as noticeable as a three-piece suit or a brand new dress from the highest of high-end stores. When you walk into a church for the first time, you should be able to almost feel the love and harmony between the saints who have gathered to praise God. Jesus said that if we want the world to know that we belong to Him, we have to love one another. It is the secret sauce when it comes to being the church. Love changes lives. It is the only thing that ever has. So when you think about putting on your “Sunday best” this weekend, let love be the best thing you put on.

04
Mar
20

Equal In Christ

As followers of Jesus, we put on a new life with a new nature. Gone are the sins that we used to commit. Our lives are changed the moment we are born again. Our status is changed, too. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:11 (NLT):

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

There are so many things that could divide us as people. Our race or ethnicity could divide us. Our religious observances could divide us. Our economic status could divide us. Paul says that those things really don’t matter. What matters most is our status in Christ and He lives in every born again believer. That means that we are all equal in Christ. I’m no better than you and you’re no better than anyone else. Christ lives in every single one of us equally. He doesn’t discriminate and neither should we. Christians of every color are equal in Christ. Christians of every economic class are equal in Christ. Christians of every denomination are equal in Christ. If you are born again, you’re my brother or sister in Christ. Jesus is all that matters and He makes us equals. Let’s tear down walls of division and start working together to change the world for Christ.

18
Feb
20

Connected To Christ

Jesus is the head of the body, which is the church. He holds everything in the church together. He is the ultimate reality when it comes to our lives. Those who are quick to condemn others are full of pride and arrogance. They believe that they are holy and devout, but their sin blinds them to the truth. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:18-19 (NLT):

Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

The fact is that Jesus alone is worthy of worship. He alone is our judge. It is not our job to judge or condemn anyone. We are called to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them to obey what Christ has commanded us. He will judge us by His standards and not our own. If you feel tempted to look down on someone because they don’t follow your rules today, you’d better check your pride and your connection with Christ. You may not be as great as you think you are.




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