The difference between Jesus and the religious experts of His day was more practical than we might imagine—He loved people they refused to. Will we?Read More / Listen
When we follow Jesus' lead in our everyday lives, listening to Him and obeying Him at work, at school, at home, and everywhere else, we have countless opportunities to proclaim His goodness. He's real. He's good. He's at work, even now—and we can join His work by testifying to what we already see every day.Read More / Listen
Our faith isn't in lifeless principles. Our faith is in a living God, who's been seen on earth, who lived, who died, who resurrected, and who's still available to us today. Talk to Him. Relate to Him. Share with Him. Enjoy Him. Have fellowship with Him!Read More / Listen
The way Jesus spreads His message of hope is through His people. In Luke 10, He empowers 72 followers to be just like Him, with spiritual authority, words directly from God, and a commission. If our goal is to see His gospel of hope spread around us today, all we have to do is embody hope where He's sent us.Read More / Listen
Even when life doesn't go as planned, there's a way to end up with an overwhelming sense of purpose and thankfulness. That's what Paul discovered as his life and being became so merged with Christ's that he became the aroma of Christ everywhere he went.Read More / Listen
Once upon a time, God's people built Him a magnificent temple. Then they asked Him to be present in it, hearing the prayers and looking upon the sacrifices that they'd make in that place. And God agreed. His presence came in brilliant glory, and when His fire and smoke filled the new temple, the people fell on their faces in awe.Read More / Listen
Paul is joining in the work of Jesus, filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions, and carrying both the life and death of Jesus in his own body everywhere he goes. And beyond Paul's claim that he can help Jesus with His work, he goes on to show throughout the rest of Colossians that we can too.Read More / Listen
This week we looked at Romans 1 to see that evangelism happens in the church. We want to be a church that shares - that loves people enough to invite them into the life of our community.Read More / Listen
To evangelize is to share the Spirit of the living Christ, as we share the gospel. This weekend we were invited to encounter the Spirit for ourselves that we might be able to share that same Spirit of hope with all those around us.Read More / Listen
Is it loving to evangelize? If so, under what circumstances? Didn't the guys in the Bible just show up and preach truth without regard for anything else? This week we looked at Paul's experience in the town of Thessalonica as a model for our own evangelism.Read More / Listen
If God is living and active in the world (He is) and if He really is in control (He is), then it is no accident that we live where we live and work where we work. God has determined specifically when and where all of us live. In fact, God has determined when and where everyone lives - so that they would seek Him and find Him. This is what God does. This is what He is doing. He is drawing people around us to Himself, like He did with a man from Ethiopia in Acts 8.
Philip “randomly” meets a man on a desert road – a man from far-away Ethiopia of all places. This man who shouldn't be seeking after God is hungry and thirsty to find Him. Philip listens to and obeys the Holy Spirit. As a result, he meets this man who is already seeking God. Because Philip was deeply spiritual, he experienced a "divine appointment" - an encounter with someone God was already drawing to Himself.
Why can’t situations like this happen among us? Why shouldn’t we expect God’s Spirit to move in us and lead like this? Let’s pray and search for “divine appointments” – encounters with people God is already drawing to Himself. Maybe God will actually bring us into contact with people who are already itching to hear about real hope – people who are ready to hear the life-giving story about Jesus.