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Archive for October, 2009

Is It All About Jesus?

Jesus 2I wonder as a Pastor what some who attend Church regularly are driven by. I think for some people it can become a routine that completes or starts their week. They may have grown up in the Church and like the routine because it makes them feel good about themselves. People who get into a Church routine might even start to think that they are pleasing God by showing up on a weekly basis. A certain amount of pride or self-righteousness follows that hinders a true relationship with God. Our life with God was never meant to be a routine! Jesus did not die a bloody death and take our sins upon Himself so that we could go to Church once a week and feel good about ourselves.

If we are saved and its truly about Jesus how does that play out in our everyday life? As a Christian I don’t want to just go through the motions every week like those who don’t know Jesus. I want to see transformation in my life and those who attend the Church. I think it starts with the attitude that each person in the Church has. Every one of us who have been saved by grace should desire to be transformed by grace everyday. Our attitude is to be one of submission to everything that Jesus taught and preached about. It is submitting to the authority of the Word regularly. Without an attitude of submission I am nothing more than a pride filled hypocrite. I don’t want to live my life that way. When we lose sight of submission to Jesus and His Word (the entire Bible) we get stuck in a Church routine which never brings pleasure to God. Any person who lives a life of submission is a person that is going to be used by God and knows God. Everyday we have the choice of being submissive and moving forward. Because God is so gracious he gives us the choice. This country, our Churches, and this world is in need of submissive Christians.

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PaulPaul the Missionary by Eckhard J. Schnabel is one of the best treatments on the Apostle Paul to come out in recent years. This book is slow through the first 120 pages because it deals with background material. With that said I do think that most Christians wanting to go deeper and understand background material should give this book their time. After the background material Schnabel takes us into the message and methodology of the Apostle. In a day when the Church is filled with programming over the basics of method and message we need to learn to simplify our task of what ministry truly is. We do live in a much different world than the Apostle lived, but the message and how God works is still the same. We forget that aspect a lot of the time. If you want to be challenged on a different level and are tired of the basics this book is for you.

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Let the Wise hear and understand.

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