Simple Doesn't Mean Easy: Everyday Faith

Simple Doesn't Mean Easy: Everyday Faith

While faith is a simple concept, there’s nothing on the box that indicates that it’s easy. In fact, most scriptures that speak of faith include both elements: There’s both simplicity and difficulty. When it comes to faith, simple does not mean easy.

Action Steps

1) Self-assessment is absolutely essential: Do I believe & trust God?

2) I will keep my eyes on Jesus and not on others. I will look for what he is doing in my life.

3) I will live the way God desires, even in the midst of conflict and chaos.

4) I will be still before God and wait patiently upon him. I will not allow my emotions to dictate my faith.

5) I will read Romans 8:35-39 and Psalm 37:1-9 daily and ask God to help me to trust & obey.

Encounter Church

Encounter Church

Our church was proud to host the team members from Encounter Church this morning to share their vision and what God is doing through them. Encounter Church is a church plant in Commercial Point, Ohio which is scheduled to launch March 10. Community is proud to be a part of their sending network. If you would like to support the work of Encounter Church south of Columbus, you can find their contact information on their website, or you can give online to support them financially.

Christian Cannibalism - Eating Flesh & Drinking Blood

Communion is the celebration of God’s physical presence in the body of Jesus.

  • When we take the bread that represents the body of Christ, we celebrate God’s crazy love for his creation.

  • While the world looks at blood through the lens of war, hatred, and horror, the Bible celebrates blood as the essence of life.

While everyone is telling us that we need to find a purpose IN life, Christianity proclaims that we were all created for the grand purpose OF life!

Action steps:

  1. Throughout the week, I will reflect upon the weirdness of Christianity and embrace its wonderful strangeness.

  2. I will allow God to call me out of the aimlessness of our wayward culture and into his radical truth.

  3. I will make a conscious decision to feed upon Jesus daily; to consume all he is and can be in my life.

  4. This morning, as I enter into a time of Communion with God, I will clear my mind of all distractions and concentrate fully upon his majesty, love, holiness, and presence. I will be in awe of my God. I will consume him and allow him to consume me.

  5. If I have never placed my faith in Jesus, or need to recommit my life to him, today I will do it at the table of the Lord. He has invited me to the feast!

Thriller - Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

Thriller - Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

Romans 6:4 tells us that "We died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives." A Christian can sin, he does sin, but he doesn't want to sin. Why? Because he loves God and doesn't want to be separated from him.

Action Steps:

1) Don't confuse freedom with permission. Don't forfeit the grace God has given you.

2) Deny sin the attention it demands.

3) Focus on worship.

Where's the Unity?

Where's the Unity?

We are created for one another. So that, together, we can worship God and tend to creation, to multiply God's goodness throughout the world, care for one another and announce the reign of God to all creation. This is God's design for, not only the Church, but for all creation.

Action Items:

1) Focus on Jesus

2) Set your ego aside

3) Be patient with others

4) Listen to the Spirit

Commutiny: Dealing with Conflict in the Church

Commutiny: Dealing with Conflict in the Church

The world handles conflict in a variety of ways: violence, ignoring it, letting it build up, bitterness, broken relationships, walking away, blaming and name-calling. However, God calls his church to a higher standard - He sets us apart. Jesus is our standard. We are called to settle our differences in his love and holiness; in ways that glorify him.

Action Steps:

1) When conflict arises, always remember that Jesus' desire for the church is unity, not division

2) Always check your own heart

3) Take interest in others!

4) Make Jesus your standard!

From Joy to Being Content

From Joy to Being Content

Nearly 1/2 of the world's population - more than 3 billion people - live on less than $2.50 per day and more than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty - less than $1 per day. And yet...many of these people live in the contentment of one treasure alone: Jesus! If we are looking for joy in the things of this world, it will be elusive, but when our live becomes about Jesus and pouring into others, our perspective is changed.

The Cost of Joy

The Cost of Joy

Joy is not found in what we bring to the table, rather it is found in what we lay down at the feet of Jesus, in hopes of joining him in his suffering. So that, we may experience the joy of knowing him intimately.  There is a theme of joy in the book of Philippians, but it is secondary to the theme of pursuing or knowing Jesus. Joy is the byproduct of knowing Jesus.

Worship

Worship

Worship is how we express our love, adoration, admiration, and wonder at God's presence. The Christian breathes in God's goodness and exhales worship." - Jayson D. Bradley

Real worship is never about us, it is about God. If we don't learn the necessity of real worship both in the church and in our personal lives, we're trapped within ourselves and within the peace-less, powerless, preoccupied world in which we live, and we miss the freedom of being in the peaceful, powerful, otherworldly presence of God.

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Renew: Changing the Way We Think

Jesus came to free us from our sins and indeed he has, but we may still be captive to the thinking of this world. God has come to free us, not only from sinful actions, but also from our sinful thoughts and motives. We need God to transform our minds and change the way we think.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Submit & Resist

Submit & Resist

The Bible teaches that we are in this world, but not of it! We’ve been sent into the world as God’s ambassadors to share the life-giving message of his eternal Kingdom. We live here, but we live by a different set of rules. As God’s ambassadors, we must submit to his ways and resist sin where we are drawn to it.

The Problem With People

The Problem With People

Are we more concerned about what people can do for us, or about their souls? It's easy to focus on how people can make us feel loved or what they can do for us, but when we do that, we miss that they are people made in God's image. As the rich young man demonstrates, one of God's requirements for us is to love people. If we're not loving people, then are we really loving God. We need to live every day remembering that everyone matters.