Two vital things churches need to do (Are you doing them?) – Acts 1, Part 5

If you had to narrow it down to only two things, what would they be? I’m asking in regard to the title of this post: two vital things the church needs to do. What do you think? Before you read on to my suggested answer, take a minute and consider how you might answer. I’dContinue reading “Two vital things churches need to do (Are you doing them?) – Acts 1, Part 5”

How to wait – Acts 1, Part 4

What are you waiting for? Waiting is hard. Are you waiting well? Or are you waiting poorly? What does waiting well look like? As we continue studying Acts 1, we’ve arrived at verses 12-14, where the disciples are waiting, and they show us how to wait well. After Jesus left them, we read that theyContinue reading “How to wait – Acts 1, Part 4”

Jesus' surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2

Yesterday I started what a series studying the book of Acts, and the central question we’ll be asking each week is this: How did the first Christians live as followers of Jesus, in their world? This week we are working through Acts 1. In the first three verses, we learned that, over the 40 daysContinue reading “Jesus' surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2”

How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1

How should Christians live in the world?  Do the Republicans have it right?  Should we follow the Democrats?  Is American life the way to go?  What about some other country, like England, that has a Christian heritage?  What about Spain or France or Italy which are predominantly Catholic nations.  Should we follow the Catholic way? Continue reading “How Should Christians Live in the World (Introducing Acts) – Acts 1, Part 1”

Does God hate your church's worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3

Has your church ever evaluated your worship services? How do you know what is good worship and what is not? What metrics do you use? Quality? Excellence? Professionalism? Attendance? Growth? Better yet, what metrics would God want you to use? As we continue our study this week on affordable housing, surprisingly perhaps, one Old TestamentContinue reading “Does God hate your church's worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3”

How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5

Have you ever been a part of a sports team that wears jerseys with labels on them?  Usually a jersey has a team name, logo, and your player number. Some also include your last name and maybe a sponsor name and logo.  NASCAR driver uniforms have, perhaps, the most labels of all.   We, too, canContinue reading “How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5”

The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2

We are citizens of the Kingdom of God now.  What does that mean?  How does our citizenship in God’s Kingdom matter now? The answer to that question is something called, “the already, but not yet”.  We are a part of the Kingdom of God already, but that Kingdom has not yet come in its fullness. Continue reading “The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2”

How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5

If you are a Christian, you carry the Holy Spirit around with you everywhere you go. So what? What does that matter? How do we live out our identity as temples of the Spirit? It starts with confession and repentance for the sin in our lives.  Admit it, and turn away from it.  One ofContinue reading “How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5”

What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2

What is the Holy Spirit? As a spirit, you cannot see the Spirit.  The Spirit is invisible.  But the Spirit is God, God’s true spiritual being.  The Spirit is equal to God in every way.  In Scripture we see various descriptions of the Spirit. The Spirit came like a dove alighting on Jesus during hisContinue reading “What is the Holy Spirit? And how do we receive the Spirit? – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 2”

Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “eternal life”?  Probably heaven right?  Life after death. But that’s not the only way that Jesus talked about the new life that we can have in him.  In John 10:10 he would go on to say that he came that people would haveContinue reading “Jesus wants us to have so much more than eternal life – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 3”