Four suggestions to grow faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 5

What can help us to grow faithfulness? In addition to removing the four roadblocks we talked about in the previous post, here are four suggestions that might help you grow faithfulness in your life. Serve people.  Is there someone you have a bad relationship with?  Serve them.  Reach out in kindness to them.  Sometimes itContinue reading “Four suggestions to grow faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 5”

Four roadblocks to faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 4

What causes people to not be faithful? See if any of these potential roadblocks resonate with you. Roadblock #1: Fear – If we have an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone, to step out in faith, we can be afraid that we can’t handle it.  We hold back rather than trust God toContinue reading “Four roadblocks to faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 4”

The surprising definition of faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 3

In the previous post we learned that for faith to be true faith, it must lead to a life that is faithful.  And that brings us to the surprising definition of the word Paul used in the Fruit of the Spirit passage. The word Paul used in Galatians 5:22, “faithfulness,” is defined as “the stateContinue reading “The surprising definition of faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 3”

The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2

In the previous post we studied a couple passages of Scripture that declare God’s faithfulness. You might read those verses and think, “Okay, I see the words of Scripture, but based on what is happening in my life, it doesn’t always seem that God is faithful.”  If we’re honest, we can feel like lamenters inContinue reading “The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2”

We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview

What do you think of the name of my church: “Faith Church”?  I checked the historical records we have on file, and they begin in 1968 after the name of the church was already decided.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a transcript of the discussion that led to our name “Faith”? Why did whoever pickedContinue reading “We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview”

How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5

Will you be counted as worthy of the Kingdom of God? Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1 verse 5 that the Thessalonian Christians’ growing spiritual maturity in the midst of persecution is evidence that they will be counted as worthy of the Kingdom.  That’s quite a statement.  What if we are Christians who haven’t beenContinue reading “How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5”

Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2

What do you think about calling a person “holy”? To many of us, calling people “holy” sounds wrong. Only God is truly holy, not people, right?  If we happen to use the word “holy” about a person, we might be describing them as, “holier than thou,” and we’re not complimenting them.  Paul, however, uses “holy”Continue reading “Calling people “holy” or “saints” – Colossians 1:1-8, Part 2″

How to have faith that pleases God

Do you know what faith is?  Do you know if your faith is pleasing to God? Yesterday I mentioned a definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1.  After teaching that description of faith, the writer of Hebrews begins to describe some of the heroes of the Bible and how they demonstrated faith in God. First heContinue reading “How to have faith that pleases God”

Projection gear, Mystery Light, Membership Application – The Monday Messy Office Report – February 24, 2014

My Friday, tidy office is mysteriously messy by Monday.  Here’s what I found today: 1. Mystery light – I saw this on Sunday, much to my surprise, because I had no idea how this got in my office or why.  It’s a pretty cool little light with a hanger that pops out of it’s backContinue reading “Projection gear, Mystery Light, Membership Application – The Monday Messy Office Report – February 24, 2014”

Follow-up to What does faithfulness to God look like in the middle class?

We had a gorgeous day Sunday morning for worship in the park!  Afterwards the food and fellowship were great too. The only glaring omission was our weekly sermon discussion group…  It is one of my favorite hours of the week.  Over the last couple years since we started it, we’ve had conversations that have rangedContinue reading “Follow-up to What does faithfulness to God look like in the middle class?”