Posts Tagged ‘Church

15
Jul
19

Craving Nourishment

One of the reasons people give for leaving a church is that they were not being fed. This is entirely possible if the church is devoid of study and growth opportunities or the preacher is feeding the congregation a diet of sermons lacking in substance. At the same time, it is up to the believer in Christ to not only take advantage of growth opportunities, but to also feed himself or herself. You have to want to grow. You have to want to be fed. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT) says:
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
When we come to faith in Christ, we are like newborns. What do newborns do when they are hungry? They cry out for milk. If you are a spiritual newborn, you have to go where the nourishment is and cry out for spiritual food. If you are a more mature believer, you need to pick up the spoon and feed yourself, too. Read your Bible. Get in a group. Worship regularly. And don’t think that a 30 minute sermon once a week is enough to nourish your soul. If you only ate once a week, you’d be physically malnourished. Why do that to your soul? Use the tools God has given you to feed your soul.
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09
Jul
19

Love One Another

As part of God’s family, we have an important command to follow: love one another. Jesus commanded it in John 13. Paul commanded it in his letters. Peter said the same thing. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) says:
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
When you came to faith in Christ and obeyed Him by being baptized, God washed away your sins. God made you a new creation and adopted you into His family. You were then called to obey a new command: love one another. This is not a lip-service kind of love, either. Peter says to love one another deeply from the heart. We rejoice with one another and we mourn with one another. We accept one another in all of our faults and failures. We encourage one another. We support one another. We walk through the storms with one another. Christ’s church is built on love – love for God and love for one another. He commanded it and we submit to Him. If there is someone you’re having a hard time loving, start by praying for them and for opportunities to show them love this week and then follow through with action.
07
Oct
18

The Most Important Thing

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 13:34-35.

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.
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.



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