Showing posts from March, 2018

Confronting Sin in a Culture of Moral Relativism

Why do we need a Savior? We often talk about the saving power of Jesus, but do we ever pause and think about “what is it about us that needs saving”? What is wrong with you and I and why do we need to be rescued? The simple answer to that is sin.  But in reality it’s more complicated.  The nature of sin goes all the way back to the garden of Eden.  To the first man and first woman.  In choosing to disobey God, they set mankind on a course to live underneath the curse of sin and death.  Death afterall is the just, deserved wage of sin (Romans 6:23).  See death is actually unnatural to the human condition as it was meant to be.  We often associate sin and death as just part of humanity, but that is not how the Bible defines humanity.  Humanity was suppose to live in perfect harmony with God, in constant fellowship with Him, taking delight in Him and all He provided, and enjoying and cultivating the perfect world He had made.  Sin destroyed that.  So sin and death are actually an invasio

Engaging the Unconnected in Your Church

Discipleship is both a command and a privilege.  Before Jesus left this earth, he commanded his disciples to go and make other disciples.  It is one of the clearest commands of Scripture.  Discipleship is also a privilege.  By being part of a church, we get the opportunity to connect our lives to others.  We get to pray with and for each other.  We get to help each other bear burdens.  We rejoice together.  We mourn together.  We celebrate birthdays, weddings, and births of babies.  We lament when a brother or sister is struggling with sin, and do everything in our power to help them out of that struggle.  That's what it means to be part of a  local church, a local body.  Every church should strive to build community that makes all of these things possible for every member, and many churches do this within the context of small groups. Too often though, many of our churches struggle with community building.  We find that while many in our churches are connected to groups, many are