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?
We often consider anger to be a sin. In reality, it can very quickly lead to sin if it is not appropriately dealt with. We need to be careful that we do not sin while we are angry, and that we deal with anger quickly and forgive others.
The fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians ends by referring to the rapture. Many times, this event is used as a way to scare people into trusting in Christ. Paul uses the rapture as a way to give hope to our day-to-day lives, and to motivate us into sharing the love of Christ with others.
This week, Pastor Ben teaches what it means to take on the leadership roles that God has given to us. While we may not have a formal position of leadership, we need to look around to see the people that look to us for guidance. We need to take these relationships and steer people toward Christ.
This week, we look again at the biblical view of the church. God has called the church the bride of Christ. Pastor Doug begins to walk us through this idea by teaching what a marriage is to look like. He then moves on to show us how Jesus shows his love for us.
Jesus tells us that we have a message of peace to take to the world. If we know who Jesus is and what he has done for us then we have an obligation to carry this message to the world. We're not to worry about the outcomes or responses from those who hear the message. Those are in God's control and our job is to just share what Christ has done.
We have gone through the idea of loving our neighbor. This week, Pastor Ben explains the importance. When we bring the love of Christ to our neighbors, we give them freedom from having to reconcile ourselves to God, and we bring freedom from the destructive nature of sin.
As the nation of Israel complained about the conditions as they entered the desert, they showed how they would rather be like God than with Him. They wanted to take care of themselves rather than follow God and His promises. As a result, God allowed some of the consequences of their choices.
God will not always take away the repercussions of our decisions, but He will always want us to learn from our mistakes. What we do with God on a daily basis may have generational impact, so we need to be sure to allow our Father to love us and provide for us.
Pastor Doug teaches us the role of the Holy Spirit as our Helper. This role is to convict us of our sins so we will come to belief in Christ, remind us that we then have his righteousness, and to judge Satan. Whether we seek to understand our need for a savior, seek encouragement, or seek a measurement of our productivity for God's plan, the Holy Spirit can provide us with the help we need.