February 2015

Preparing For Your Spiritual Exam

John prepares us for the tests that he will give for checking the authenticity of our faith by giving a thumbnail sketch of the four items he will describe more fully in the rest of the book. These items help us to evaluate the legitimacy of how well we KNOW GOD. The four points in […]



January 2015

A Funny Way To Begin A Letter

John begins his for letter to believers in a funny way for us. He doesn’t enter into small talk. He jumps right into what is the most serious of matters, and my doing that introduces us to the essential content of the book – upon what will your salvation be tested authentic? The message includes […]



Why Connect In Groups?

God brings about our spiritual growth in the context of relationships. When I participate in group life, I place myself in an environment that God can bring about my spiritual growth because groups serve as a laboratory for knowing and experiencing God’s grace and love and engaging in ministry.



What Does Connection Look Like?

If Christianity is all about connection, what does that connection look like it? And if Christianity is all about connection, does connection look like something that can happen during Sunday morning worship?



A Case For Connection

Christianity is all about connection! God is a God of community. He has always existed in community, and created us to live in community. However, since sin shattered our relationships with Him and with each other, God has been working overtime to recreate connection for His people.



December 2014

One Worthy Of Our Witness

The shepherds serve as more than walk-ons for the Christmas drama. The shepherds were the first witnesses of God’s gracious act of salvation in Christ … and they serve as a prompt for us to go out and share the good news that a Savior has been born.



One Worthy Of Our Worship

The story of Christmas is a story of worship as episodes of worship spontaneously spring up throughout. But in an age when worship has been reduced to song sung during an hour of corporate gathering, one of the most pronounced episodes of worship often misses out on the richness of the observance. The wisemen invite […]



One Worthy Of Our Wills

Mary demonstrates that fulfilling her role as the mother of the Christ-child was worth the risk in order to play her part in God’s salvation-history plan. We often may battle to surrender our wills so completely to God’s plan that we are willing to make tremendous sacrifices in order to see Jesus born again through […]



One Worthy Of Our Waiting

In the period between the OT and NT God remained silent. Sometimes, he is just as silent to our ears. However, we learn in the waiting that God is working behind the scenes. They waited for the Messiah, we wait for God’s movement in us through the Holy Spirit. He leaves us waiting – working on us as […]



November 2014

I Will Not Let Church Be About Preferences And Desires

The church is not about our personal preferences and desires. In fact, church demands that we give up our desires for the benefit of the body. As members we sacrifice for one another, and become servants.



I Am A Functioning Church Member

Membership has become out of vogue, partially because we have come to view membership as the pathway to perks and privileges. Membership, though, in the body of Christ is about responsibility. We all have something to contribute to the body of Christ, even if we seek our contribution as irrelevant and innocuous, or if we […]



October 2014

Pray

Living a Life on Mission is too great a task for us to accomplish on our own. That is why Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be given to the church to help them in that task. However, the time spent in prayer opened the early church up to a powerful working of the Spirit […]