As your pastor, there are things on my heart that I just need to let you know. These thoughts have been aching to get out for awhile. I am calling out to our church to be a church of prayer.
- I don’t want us to be a church that is like any other church. I don’t want to put on a good show and we never touch people’s lives with the gospel. I don’t want us to be satisfied with the mundane or the status quo. I want us to always be on the edge of uncomfortable.
- I want us to pray. Pray audacious, big, what seems like impossible prayers. Stop praying safe prayers. To us, what seems like impossible is not impossible for God. Your prayers are a reflection of your faith.
- Be desperate for God. Stop relying on your money, your stuff, your ability. Be desperate for God. Realize that without God, we are not a church. Read Psalm 42:1 and Psalm 73.
Acts 17:10-11 fascinate me. Luke writes about a church in the city of Berea.
What fascinates me the most is that this church did not just take Paul’s word for truth. Look at verse 11:
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
I am excited because Paul’s preaching drove this church to study the Bible for themselves.
Every Christian is a theologian. Dictionary.com says that Theologian is:
A person versed in or engaged in the study of theology, esp Christian theology.
As a Christian you are a disciple. A disciple is a student. You are a student of God.
Study the Bible. Read it. Devour it. Immerse yourself in it.
I pray that studying the Bible would open the floodgates of communion with our Heavenly Father. I pray that your relationship with Him would grow deeper, and more intimate. I pray for the fire and passion inside you to be rekindled and that you are truly unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I pray that studying the Bible would drive you to see that God is the author of all truth. The Holy Spirit will use the Bible to rebuke, correct, change, convict, purge, and grow you.
I would like to introduce you to a few resources that can help you in your personal Bible study. These are my favorites.
- www.esvbible.org This site is by the same people that put together the ESV study Bible. You can have the Bible read to you, follow different reading plans and they offer devotionals.
- www.biblegateway.com This site is a good tool because if you want to read the Bible in a different translation, you have that ability. They also offer reading plans and devotionals
- www.monergism.com This site can answer a ton of questions on theology as well as recommend other sites and books. If you are interested, they even have sermons available for download and you can plug those in your iPod and listen for your growth and God’s glory.
Pac-Man is a game about consumption. Pac-Man must eat all the dots in the maze before he is killed by the ghost monsters. Sounds simple enough right? Eat all the dots in one maze and then move on to the next. Consume or be consumed.
Have you ever stopped to consider that Pac-Man is how most people live out their lives? The American Dream teaches people to consume and consume some more. When you think you are finished consuming, consume more. Many people have caved to the idea of the American dream and it controls how they live their life.
People will bounce from job to job for whoever offers the best paycheck. People will go into debt just for the sake of having an item that they think they need. Confusing needs and wants will be evident in how you spend your money. Bigger, better, faster, shinier, prettier, newer is the way the game is played.
I don’t know many people that own a car for more than 5 years before they trade it in. Why? They have to have a newer model. People need to upgrade their cameras, computers, cell phones, televisions, video game consoles, and more. People do not often keep an item until it breaks anymore. They would rather have the newer one right now instead of later.
Like Pac-Man, the American dream has taught us to never be satisfied with what we have. We trade in cars, tech, houses, and we even try to trade in our spouses. There is a problem that people do not seem to grasp. Church pay attention.
You do not own your stuff. God owns it and you are a steward of what he has allowed for you to own. Paul says, “What do you have that you did not receive?” God has given us all things. God is the Creator of all and the rightful owner of all. God just allows us to manage his things. How are we doing with that?
Do not be consumed with keeping up with the Jones. Be consumed with passion for Christ. Hebrews 12:29 says, “Our God is an all consuming fire.” Be consumed by that fire. May God be so desirable in your life that he is made evident and great by your conversations and how you live your life. Be consumed with the Gospel.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we can introduce you to him today. Leave your email address in the comments section and we will contact you.