When I think about the day Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, and when I think about the serious nature of what He was accomplishing on that cross, I am reminded of the fact that we should conduct ourselves with the kind of gravity and seriousness which His death on the cross deserves. When Christians come together their primary function should be to worship. Discipleship and edification close seconds, but worship is the primary function for which we were created and it is our central purpose when we gather corporately. Continue reading
There is a principle laid down in John 15:18-19 that was spoken into existence by none other than Jesus Himself. And, once a principle or law is placed in God’s Word it can never be changed. There is just such a principle in the statements of Jesus mentioned above. Basically it says: “The world hates me and it is going to hate you also.” Never in the history of mankind can we find a point at which the world loved Christ or His Church. So, we need to understand that the world isn’t going to like us. It is spiritually opposed to us and will repel the Church. The church isn’t repelling it, but the opposite is true for the world. The world repelled Jesus, but He did not cease from seeking to redeem it. We must not cease seeking to redeem the world, but we must realize that becoming like it is not the Biblical way to do it. Continue reading
This article was submitted by Harold Bullock and Will McRaney. They are sponsoring the Rewiring the American Church Conference in October in Florida, information and registration can be found here. Because of the pertinent nature of the article and our desire to promote this conference, we are taking a break from our typical format in order to share some of Harold’s expertise in church planting and leadership.
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