Why do you follow Jesus? How far are you willing to go with him? Are you a casual fan or radically obedient? Even though Jesus was God in the flesh, he taught us how to live in radical obedience.
Abiding in God’s love means that He will work in us to strengthen our faith toward Him and He will work through us to show fervent love toward our brothers and sisters. When we love each other, we will experience the joy of God. When we love one another, we also allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and grow in us.
Our God is a sending God, as shown when Jesus gives the great commission. When we send, we are reflecting the heart of the Father. When we obey by going, we reflect the obedience of the Son. However, not everyone is called to go to a foreign country, plant a church, or share the gospel with random strangers. We are all in the world and are called to reflect God’s glory by completing the work God has given us to do as an act of worship.
Psalm 23 is extremely significant because it was written by a king. - King David was only another sheep in God’s fold. No matter who we are, we’re all profiled in the same way; we are sheep and God is the Shepherd. David was just another imperfect human being who had to learn to rely upon God. Just like every other person, he struggled with sin, insecurity, weakness, discouragement, and failure. He became tired, fearful, and empty. And, some of his greatest failures happened when he was over-confident, and self reliant.
It’s generally the rebellious, over-confident, careless lamb that leaves the fold and gets devoured by the wolf or caught in the thicket.
Rev. Santes Beatty, the Director of Multiethnic Ministries for the Wesleyan Church, joined us to speak about God being a God for all nations. He speaks to the challenges the Church faces as we try to become a body representing the nations. For this community, racial reconciliation is not just a leadership issue, a social issue or even a diversity issue, it is an issue of discipleship.
We all have stories to tell: stories that have deeply impacted our lives - whether we know it or not. In this way every human on the planet is alike. Life is full of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and those stories make us who we are.
Our experiences will make us stronger and better or weaker and bitter. It depends on how we allow them to impact our hearts.
Trey Freeman shares his amazing testimony with us this week, sharing how God rescued him from a life of sin and transformed his life.
Trey walks through Ephesians 2, sharing how God uses conversion and the way it should transform the life of the believer.
What a great Sunday with Dr. Jeff and Cheryl Mansell! Dr. Jeff shared a strong message about the adversity we face as we pursue God’s will. And yet, God makes a way for us to fulfill His call upon our lives! After Pastor Jeff spoke, Cheryl gave us a passionate update about Seven Baskets and their great ministry in Columbus. God is working and moving in amazing ways. An offering for Seven Baskets was received but we do not have a total at this time. However, Community Church gave a $1500 check to Seven Baskets from our funds for Domestic Missions.
God’s heroes never stop to think about being heroic. It’s not about them. They never tell anyone how great or wonderful they are. They’re not concerned about awards, applause, or accolades. It’s not their story. It’s God’s story. God’s the real hero - and we’re His partners. God makes heroes out of average, ordinary people as they humbly go about living in His story.
Paul wrote that an urgency to give away the Gospel is based upon something he called “fearful responsibility.” I want to call that urgent faith.
Urgent faith dictates that we have to do something with what we believe. Sharing our faith is not optional; it can’t be neglected. At every opportunity, a person of urgent faith will do or say something to lead others to God. In the Early Church the Christians believed people were lost, hell was real, Jesus was the answer, and one day he was coming back. They had work to do and a world to reach! In the modern church we honestly act like we don’t care.
1. I have been called to be a disciple-maker and a spokesperson for Christ. I will not say no.
2. I will let Jesus’ love control my life so that I can share it with others. When he calls me to love others, I will not say no.
3. When I look at the people around me, I will see all of them as potential disciples, loved and desired by God. When he calls me to believe in his life-changing power, I will not say no.
4. I will be open to every way in which God wants to use me to reach everyone around me. Whatever he asks me to do, I will not say no.
5. Jesus is the answer for a lost and hurting world. I will make it a habit to share my faith. I will not say no.
This week, I will ask myself these questions:
1. What do I really believe?
2. When God calls, am I willing to follow – or do I walk away content to settle for less?
3. What does God desire to do in my life that I can’t do on my own? How is God calling me to do something bigger than myself?
4. Will I surrender every aspect of my life to God, believing that no matter what happens, he is faithful and I am his child?
5. What do I need to do to so that Jesus will become greater and greater and I will become less and less?