An Ordinary Church

Almost everyone, attenders and non-attenders, have ideas about what the church is and how it should function. Acts 20 gives us the elements of an “ordinary” church: Unshakable Convictions, Spirit-given Elders, Deep Spiritual Friendships.

We might want to say, “I don’t want to be part of an ordinary church, I want to be part of an extraordinary church!” But God means to use the ordinary church to do extraordinary things in making disciples both near and far, for the glory of Jesus!

Scripture: Acts 20-21

The Commitment to Bless Despite Sin!

God hasn’t forgotten you. You don’t fight alone. You don’t go out into this crazy world alone. You will never be alone (a lie from the enemy). No matter how desperate and alone you feel, no matter how much opposition you face, no matter how precarious your circumstances become, no matter the difficulty and physical suffering, He has said, “I will be with you.”

Scripture: Genesis 5:1-6:8

The Hardest Thing: Forgiveness

The gospel is not just a message about how to be saved from God’s wrath, or have heaven as your home because you’ve entered into a right relationship with the Father through His Son, though all of that is true, right and good! It’s also about Jesus the King having His way in your life. Jesus is a real king, over a real world, where there are real people with real problems and one of the issues He wants us to honor Him in is seeking forgiveness when we’ve sinned against others and giving forgiveness when people ask it of us.

Scripture: Philemon; Colossians 3:12-15

Growing in Friendship

To be wise is to understand how to choose friends, cultivate your friendships and understand where the power of friendship comes from. In fact, you won’t live a wise life and you won’t make it in life if you’re not skilled in choosing, seeing and cultivating friendships. Solomon, in Proverbs, even goes so far to say that fools (individuals who lack wisdom) perish for a lack of friends.

Let’s walk through a portion of the Book of Proverbs and see what God tells us concerning friendship.

Scripture: Proverbs 17:17, 18:24, 27:5-6, 9, 17; John 15:12-17