Since Jesus died for us, we are to live in His holiness. Holiness means that there is no division between our sacred and secular lives. How, then, do we treat those we consider to be outsiders to our lives? How do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them throughout the week outside of church?
This week, Josh Knipple challenges us to ask ourselves three questions. Are we trying to live on God’s terms, or are we trying to make God live on our terms? How well are we making disciples and setting an example of Christ to others? How are we responding to God’s convictions in our lives?
Giving is often a touchy subject within Christianity. Josh Knipple teaches that giving is a matter of faith: Do we trust God enough to give to His causes? Can God trust us to be willing to give when we are called upon?
This week, Pastor Doug begins by speaking about the need to both know the Bible as well as to go out and act upon it in the world. He invites Josh Knipple to speak about living every day for the word of God. Josh emphasizes the idea of inviting people to come with us, as well as the need to reach people where they are. Pastor Doug wraps up with the idea that giving our time, talent, and treasure is something that we need to do on purpose. If we don't, these things won't happen.
After Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus, he went to the home of Ananias and scales fell from his eyes so that he could see again. This week, Josh Knipple challenges us to ask that the Lord removes the scales from our own eyes. We need to start by seeing our need for Christ in our lives. Along with that, we need to see the needs of others. Who is the Holy Spirit bringing into our lives on a daily basis? How can we look into the communities around us and bring change into the lives of those who may need it most?
This week, Josh Knipple challenges us to consider what it means to become more and more like Jesus. How do we recognize the people around us who are marginalized by society? Do we reach out to the hurting and broken? How can we bring the healing power of Christ to those who need it most?