What Does God Expect Of Us THIS Week

What a week.
It has been a week that shouts of transgressions and tragedy. Social media, news outlets, and coffee conversations are filled with discussions of the boundaries of the law, the state of our society, and the many ways human decency seems to be challenged right now.
As a Christ-follower, it is important that we move forward in our words and deeds intentionally at times like this. It is important for us to identify what is good, and do what God asks of us rather than joining in the noise of opinions and frustrations.
In Romans 12:2 the Bible describes that we must be cautious. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Discerning the will of God for our lives, let alone our society and country can seem difficult. Fortunately, God provided a guideline in Micah 6:8:
He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
In simple terms,
Don’t repeat the same talking points you have heard. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve heard them said, do not allow your mind to conform to the things the world offers as false wisdom.
Instead be humble! “Walk with God” into times of prayer and study in the Word to “renew your mind” and get guidance from God on what is “faithful love”.
Want to start now? Read Romans 12:14-18 and reflect on what the Bible is teaching about this week’s situations.
See you Sunday at 10 AM as we worship the living God! We believe this one hour each week can change every other hour of your life! Invite a friend, you may never know the difference it will make.

Our Relationship to God and Others

What is our role as believers?
It is one of the most misunderstood aspects of modern Christianity. Perhaps because we are not aware enough of God’s active role in our life and in our world, we can become confused about where we stand, and what is required of us, in relation to God and others.
But the Gospels, the words of Jesus Himself, are very clear. There is no wiggle room to put on a different hat than what God ordains for us each.
We are commanded to:
Love others (be patient, kind, long-suffering etc) (John 13:34, 1 Cor 13)
Serve others (Mark 10:43-45)
Invite and welcome others to Jesus (Matthew 28:16-20)
Be bothered by & work on our own sin (Matthew 7:3, Luke 18:9-14)
We are commanded not to:
Pass judgement on other’s salvation / righteousness (Matthew 7:1-6)
Be self-righteous in comparing ourselves to others (Luke 18:9-14)
Pass judgement on others because of differences in how they follow Christ (Romans 14:13-23)
Place any rules/ law above Jesus’ love and salvation (Gal 3:1-14)
We exist to
1) Share Jesus 2) Welcome others 3) Give God better.

This is meaty stuff. Yes, we simplified it into 7 words. However, don’t ever be misled that something simple is not also the highest bar set in the history of humanity.

We will each feel tempted to fall into the trap of placing ourselves and our opinions and even our beliefs and experiences in faith higher than others. Be careful, believers! Jesus, and Jesus’ followers must walk forward into the world in love, humility, and deep self-awareness of our own frailty and faultiness. Only Jesus saves. Only grace triumphs. Only the Lord is God. Everything else, every idea, every sin, every word and posture, fades into nothingness in the light of His glory and goodness.
See you Sunday at 10 AM! We believe this one hour each week can change every other hour of your life! Invite a friend, you may never know the difference it will make.

Do Not Worry Over Anything

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” -Søren Kierkegaard

Do you ever wonder why life is so full of anxiety? We worry over money. We worry for our kids. We worry for our health. We worry about our jobs.
As believers we are invited into a loving relationship with an all-powerful God who gives us the good (and challenging) gift of free will. We are invited to welcome Him as our Lord into our decisions, into our choices, as our Advisor and ever-present Counselor… but we are free to NOT.
This week while driving we heard this quote on the radio: “God will either give us what we ask for, or give us what we WOULD HAVE asked for if we knew everything He knows.” (Tim Keller) Even as believers we still often buy into the notion that God is absent from our prayers or ignoring our needs as times become challenging.
As Christ followers we can trust that:
God is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28)
God is presently giving us our hearts desires (Psalm 37:4)
God will help us in times of temptation (1 Cor 10:13)
SO answer these very important questions right now:
What is causing you stress / anxiety?
Who are you struggling with loving (being kind, patient) right now?
What do you need help with?
What do you WANT / hope for?
What are you thankful for?

Now invite God in. “God, I give these to You. I trust You. I believe in Your power in my life and over all things of earth and heaven. I love You. Amen.”
Do the work to make this an automated habit. Try to list these at least once per day until you are accustomed to inviting God in as every need / want / gratitude arises. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
See you Sunday at 10 AM! We believe this one hour each week can change every other hour of your life! Invite a friend, you may never know the difference it will make.