What is a disciple anyway? Is there a definition that will both form us and inform us as to how we are living, and what we are trying to make as a church?
Romans 5:5 "...God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit." This is the hope of discipleship!
We can be thankful for a God who will go to extreme lengths to extend His grace to us, and through us!
Why would anyone rejoice in suffering? Well, suffering produces perseverance, producing character, producing hope. And hope is a really good thing!
The bottom line of hope is having a relationship with God. Praise God, He has made this possible by extending to us His love through Christ! The way to enter into that relationship is to be "justified by faith" as Romans 5:1 declares. Only then can one "...rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! This is THE BOTTOM LINE. There is no hope outside of Jesus Christ!
We always eventually sow what we reap in life. When we sow weak compromising faith based on false worldviews and ideas of 'Happiness', then we reap the discouragement and hopelessness that accompanies a compromising Christian life. Let's see how to build a faith that gives us a deep and abiding hope that keeps us encouraged!
We have covered 5 standing stones in the gospels concerning Jesus life that reveal Jesus' purpose to us and for us. Standing Stone number 6 is the last words Jesus said before leaving the planet. What a moment! What a mission! Hear it and join Him as His follower!
Six standing stones in Jesus life are observed. The first three last week, this week the next two; THE MEN, and THE MODEL. Come be inspired by Jesus life unto the transformation of your own!
We can learn much from significant "Standing Stone" moments from Jesus life.
Jesus was very purposeful in His life and ministry. He was focused and simple in His process. He is the head of the church. His church should be clear in purpose and process as well as His body.