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 […]



Grow

The goal of witness is not to dunk people in a baptistery, but to see them transformed into Christlikeness. Growing spiritually is of significance for both the witness and those who are receiving the witness. The presence or absence of spiritual growth has the perhaps the greatest capacity to advance or inhibit our witness.



Share

Once we have connected with lost people and demonstrated God’s love for them through acts of service, there comes a time when we need to open our mouths — and share our stories in a way that points people to Christ. Often we have made the task of sharing much more difficult than it needs […]



Serve

After we have connected with lost people, we have not completed our life on mission. Life On Mission also includes serving others, especially those who would be considered the outcast and the despised. When we live a life of service, we show the love of God to people in tangible ways. The parable of the […]



September 2014

Connect

Jesus has called us to be witnesses. However, the question remains on “how does this witness thing happen?” If you are going to live a life on mission, you will have to connect with lost people. You cannot reach those who you do not touch.



The Starting Point For A Life On Mission

When Jesus Instructs the disciples to notice the readiness of the harvest, and urges them to prayer for laborers to bring the harvest in the central focus is not on seeing the harvest or on praying for harvesters. The key to the text is the compassion of Jesus. Jesus’ compassion contrasted with Jonah’s contempt for those […]



An Invitation To Life On Mission

Jesus tells the story of two lost sons in luke 15, and through the story he invites us to embark with Him and the Father on a Life On Mission. This message is a first-person telling of the Parable of the Lost Sons from the perspective of the older brother.



August 2014

The Church That Makes Jesus Sick

It is quite an indictment to be labeled as a church that makes Jesus sick, but that describes the church in Laodicea. They had lost their witness as either a refreshing, invigorating (cold) community of faith, or a healing, restoring (hot) place. At least three symptoms were present for Laodicea’s malady, and Jesus prescribes at […]



July 2014

The Church In A Tight Spot

Pergamum was a city with vast religious options. Believers would face constant temptation to seek fulfillment for their life needs from any number of these gods, and turn their back on Jesus. When we start looking for someone else to full our needs in life, we are traipsing into Satan’s throneroom.



The Church Struggling To Survive

Spiritual struggles are not to be feared because they are an opportunity for growth. Those who surrender to cultural seduction will not suffer the persecution, oppression or pressure that will build their faith. Neither will they escape the Second Death.