A blog about my life as a follower of Christ, husband, father and pastor.
You Are Sealed
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firmin Christ. He anointedus,22 set his sealof ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
My word for 2018 is abide. I have this great picture over my fireplace made by a good friend that reminds me to abide each day. My understanding of abide is to "be with Jesus."
What does it mean to abide? Here are some definitions to help us better understand the word. The Greek word "meno" which is a verb means "to stay". It can also be translated as abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry for. We will also see these in the Old Testament as well.
Each week I will share a verse (or two) to help us better understand abiding. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lordand dwell there forever.” (1 Samuel 1:22)7 And when the men of Ashdod saw how things were, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.” (1 Samuel 5:7)2 And Jonathan told Da…
I recently finished reading Prodigal Church by Jared C. Wilson. It was a book that resonated with me because of how we do church. Wilson does a great job of explaining just because it works and is growing does not mean it is healthy. Many will disagree with Wilson, but I agree with much in this book. Below you find several of the quotes that connected with me.
What we see happening most often is that a Christian bored or unsatisfied with the goods and services at his church goes to the more attractive church...but five to six years later they become dissatisfied with that experience and are ready to go find another.
The ends don't justify the means.
What drives the way we do church. Often they are built on these functional ideologies: pragmatism and consumerism...Pragmatism is anti-gospel...Pragmatism is legalistic...it functions in law mode.
We must have a stronger faith, to trust that a sermon mainly about Jesus will "help people grow" more than our set of tips wi…