We often define morality by looking only at our actions. When we fail to peal back our actions and look deeper into our hearts, we miss the fullest depth, beauty, and power of the gospel. Desires underly our actions. What do you desire? What do you WANT?
The certainty of salvation rests in the faithfulness of God's. The assurance of salvation rests in your walk with God. Are you sure you are saved?
There is no better explanation and inspiration of salvation than Jesus' dialogue with Nicodemus in John 3. We all have been BITTEN and the poison of sin and death courses through every vein of our lives. Jesus is the anti-venom!
If discipleship is about doing certain things, it is at risk of being 'too easy'. But when we listen to the words of Jesus Himself... is it too hard? Too easy? Too hard?
I propose that the way to love life is through sacrifice and service. When the world continually proclaims that the way to satisfaction is to promote and prop up yourself, why is sacrifice and service the real thing?
How do you engage in the process of loving people? Through GROUP and GIFTS. Love God, Love People, and Love Life! ENGAGE!
To make disciples, we must love God and love people. Loving people requires a level of vulnerability that we are afraid to risk. How can we come out of hiding to be and make disciples as Jesus did and commanded?
You were created in the image of God with incredible meaning and purpose. That purpose is intensely relational, intertwined in your relationship with God influencing your relationships with people. Being and making disciples is all about our love for God and people. Let's get on with it! Let's engage in the process of discpleship!
How deep is your faith? Is it deep enough to reconcile your pain and confusion with the truth about the character and nature of God? Is God your best friend, or just an acquaintance?
To engage in the process of discipleship, one must first disengage from the hindrances and entanglements of lesser life. You engage in what you habitually look at. But fixing our eyes on Jesus, what does that process of engagement in discipleship look like?