Sunday, September 23, 2007

Life on Loan: Your Life Counts - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Jacob wanted to be someone else. He was jealous of what his brother had and what he was going to get. Sound familiar? In today's world we are constantly told what we should want and what we should try to be. But what about what God wants us to be? He created us as individuals with specific talents, faults, friends and connections to serve Him. Plus, he gave us a new life in His son, one fraught with benefits that enable us to make the most of the life God loaned us.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come! - 2 Corinthians 5:17

As a new creation in Jesus, YOU Are:
  • A Child of God - John 1:12
  • A Friend of God - John 15:15
  • Forgiven - Psalm 103:2-3
  • Loved - John 3:16
  • NEEDED - Matthew 9:35-38
We LIVE in the harvest field. God put us there because He needs us there.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Are You Ready for Monday? - Colossians 4:2-6

Why do you attend the church you attend? Chances are that at some point someone you already had a relationship with invited you. This is the way that an overwhelmingly large majority of church attenders first came to church and it is the way that most people who are not Christians will become Christians. Before He was taken up to heaven, Jesus gave us the job of creating disciples in all the world. This process doesn't start on Sundays. It starts on Mondays, when we go back out into the world and create relationships with others, giving them a fleshly, personal link to God.
  • Prepare a Plan
    • "...he had compassion on them..." - Matthew 9:36
  • Pray, Pray, Pray
    • "Devote yourselves to prayer..." - Colossians 4:2
  • Personal Petition
    • "...make the most of every oppoortunity" - Colossians 4:5
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. - 1 Corinthians 3:6-7