The Next Step

The life of a Christian is a life of following the lead of the Holy Spirit. It is a series of next steps. If we stop going we will stop growing and our faith will stop showing.

When we go into the world and share our faith, we never know what God might do. If we can learn to worship God, even in the bad places of life, we will dramatically impact the world around us. Our witness is in what we say, but it is powerfully validated by what we do.

The Barnabas Factor

The Barnabas Factor

Encouragers are powerfully influential people who are desperately needed and greatly used in the work of God’s Kingdom. Encouragers see life’s circumstances through the light of God rather than seeing God through the light of life’s circumstances. The are important to Gods Kingdom because they see the potential and willingly invest in others.

Will you intentionally encourage others by sharing your hope and investing in their lives?

What Moves You?

What Moves You?

What moves you? When we look back at the early church, they started out clustered in Jerusalem until persecution broke out. It was then that they were moved out of Jerusalem and the church truly began to spread and flourish. In the same way, God sometimes uses circumstances in our lives to move us in ways we never would have wanted to go on our own.

The Church Empowered

The Church Empowered

After God raised Jesus from the dead and he later ascended into heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples to empower them. If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have this same Holy Spirit today. But what does it look like to be filled with the Holy Spirit? The book of Acts gives us four things to look for:

  1. Growth in maturity

  2. Growth in unity

  3. Growth in favor

  4. Growth in number of conversions

To apply this, ask yourself: What can I do in the next 48 hours to let my enthusiasm show in one of the above areas?

The Mission

The Mission

The mission of the church, given to us by our Lord, is to go into all the world and make disciples of others. Three key points in this mission, typically called the great commission, are:

  • It is authorized by nothing less than the power of Christ

  • It is accomplished by nothing less than the plan of Christ

  • It is assured by nothing less than the presence of Christ

Resurrection and Restration

Resurrection and Restration

Peter was not just one of Jesus’ Disciples, he’s a central character in the Jesus story. He’s every man and every woman. He’s a picture of humanity in which we see good and bad, belief and disbelief, giving and taking, humility and arrogance, loyalty and disloyalty, victories and failures, death and resurrection.
 
We can do 3 things with our failures:
1)     We can try to ignore them and act like nothing ever happened.
2)     We can be honest about them, and with God’s help find healing and resolution.
3)     Or, we can let our failures defeat us and define our lives.
 
The devil will always push you towards choices 1 or 3. He will always try to lure you away from choice #2.
 
Failure is not final unless YOU decide it’s final. God has taken some of history’s greatest failures and turned them into enduring monuments of his redemptive grace.