Every congregation of God’s Church that was written to was dealing with internal and/or external problems, just like the different congregations today. Government interference, offense, financial problems, a lack of Love, and the list goes on. Yet, they were called to be the Church and fulfill their mission. Just as we are today.
Galatians 5:1 – 6:10 Chapter division is manmade, for our use, to make it easier to find something that was written. The separation between 5 and 6… Read more “The Crucified Life (part 2) 7-7”
It is only in love (God’s love for us and our comprehension of it) that we can be, “built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). We, the Church, have received the Holy Spirti, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, so that we can reach into our communities, build relationships, and be God’s Church to those same communities. But we must live the crucified life, being led by the Spirit.
But a congregation or individual that is Spirit-led welcomes and invites any and all. They are passionate in, and for, the mission. They come along side others in their walk, they live out their freedom in God’s Love and power in obedience, they are putting the one anothers of God’s Truth into action, and helping others to overcome the world, sin, and the temptations the enemy throws at them. They are Spirit led, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives…
When you try to make yourself look good by following something other than Christ, whether it is tradition or some other set of standards, then you easily set yourself apart, or above, other believers. When you separate yourself to exclude those who don’t measure up, when you consider yourself better than other believers, you are just plain wrong!
How often do we place God in the friend zone? We put him in His corner for ourselves to go to when needed but never allow Him to be a part of all our thoughts and actions.
The greatest commandment calls us to do just that: heart, soul, and mind… that sounds like we are to allow God to flood our lives. This is love: when two become one.
This week’s message features guest speaker, Tyler Ross – the all-American who fell into the pit of addiction, hit rock bottom, and now shares his story to give hope to others. He turned his mess into a message.
When the prodigal turns back to go to his father he has no right to claim a blessing, no right to expect a welcome, and he has nothing to offer except a life of service in repentance of his previous actions.
If you want to be near the King you must move toward the King!