The Need for Community…

(Ephesians 5:23-27)…Christ loved the church so much that he died for it. How could we even think that church is not important. Church is not about some place your go on Sundays, it’s about community. The community that Christ modeled was built around sharing lives together, holding each other accountable, and being totally real and authentic.

This type of community is something I had an opportunity to be immersed in this past week at NTS Camp. It’s so amazing to live among a group of people that live real, and aren’t afraid to show their faults. It’s not about saying that our faults are ok, but purely the fact that none of us is perfect and allowing everyone to be open enough to seek the help of each other to overcome those faults. That’s what Christ intended for the church. We cannot be Christ followers alone. We need the help of fellow Christ followers to help us on this journey.

Has The Church Become Bland?

(Matthew 5:13)…We are called to be “salty” in this world. Far to often we see that the church, and Christians, have decided that they are simply going to keep to themselves and not be apart of the culture we live in. We wonder why things have gotten so out of hand in society, well if believers aren’t there to make Godly decisions within society then it’s sinfulness that’s making the decisions and driving the world.

How are we as Christians living in our secular work places? I try to do the best I can at my job, however I’m not always good about making sure that I stand out as different from the rest. I need to work on being the guy that stands out, I need to bring salt into my workplace and even other places outside the church.

Poor Financial Management is Sinful…

(Jeremiah 29:27-28)…In the United States, we are led to believe that we can just borrow to get anything that we want. This is not how God has commanded us to live as Christians. And when the world around us lives that way it becomes even harder to resist that temptation and not come up with some excuse for doing so. Christians should be the last people to be in financial hardship. All that we have comes from God and He calls us to be good stewards of it. We are disobedient to His calling when we mishandle what He’s given to us. God wants our tithe of course, but He is just as concerned with how we use and manage the rest of what He has given to us. We can really change this world especially if we’re financially secure.

Disunity = Unanswered Prayer…

(James 4:1-3, 1 Peter 3:1-7)…God has shown us in many ways that we are not meant to go it alone. He gave us marriage because He knew we needed a help. He gave us churches because He knew there were strength in numbers, to hold on to our faith. Prayer can also hang on whether we have unity, with our spouse or with the rest of the church. If our prayers are not united that can cause them to go unanswered, and especially if those prayers are under wrong motives. We’re called to be united, and when we aren’t that’s when Satan can take a foot hold and tear us further apart.

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