Though we are many, we are each called into the unity of uncommon community known as the body of Christ. Each of us needs the community and the community needs each one of us.
In Christ, we have been made complete before God, liberated from the bondage of sin, raised to newness of life, forgiven all of our sins, and have victory over demonic powers.
God promises to give you everything you need to do anything he asks.
What does a faithful gospel conversation look like?
How do we go from building a relationship with people in our circles of influence to proclaiming the Gospel?
Living missionally means cultivating a meaningful gospel presence in the lives of the people in our circles of influence.
God has called every follower of Jesus to engage in sharing the Gospel with people who do not know him.
Water baptism is an important symbol of a believer's union with Christ.
God's word is the best safeguard against sin.
If Jesus didn't rise our world would be a very different place than it is today.
God is worthy of endless praise for his strengthening work and infinite wisdom.
We can accomplish far more for the Lord together than we can individually, but we each must play our role.
If the church is going to be effective in accomplishing its evangelistic mission, we've got to maintain our priorities.
Life is not about pleasing yourself, but about serving others for the glory of God.
Be careful never to allow the exercise of your personal freedoms in Christ to cause another Christian to stumble.
The gospel should affect the way we view our personal freedoms in Christ and keep us from being judgmental toward those who might have different convictions.
Love is not just a warm feeling; it is doing what God requires, and he requires that we urgently keep his commands.
God wants every believer to be subject to the government in both attitude and action.
The Gospel transforms the way we conduct ourselves in love toward both believers and the people of the world.
The Gospel transforms the way we conduct ourselves toward believers in love and in peace toward the world.
Effective ministry in and through the church is advanced when everyone humbly uses their God-given gifts to serve one another.
Discerning God's will doesn't have to by a mystery. He has provided a way for us to discern his good, acceptable, and perfect will.
The gospel challenges us to think differently about why we worship and how we worship.
We can and should expect fruitful gospel ministry in 2017, but it can't be taken for granted. We must do our part.
Based on the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5, the Lord has us here because he has given us a job to do. He has called us to be his ambassadors.
We can worship God fully when we understand who he truly is and the extent of what he has done for us.
By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who truly need our help.
The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone is not material, but relational.
The humility of Advent should change the way we think about how to spend the resources God has entrusted to us.