Posted in believers, church, connected, growth, love, ministry, strength, suffering, support, work, tagged calling, Christ, church, discipleship, help, love, ministry, relationship, service, support, work on September 11, 2010|
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From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. – Eph. 4:16 (NIV)
As the body of Christ, we have some real work to do. Our work includes supporting, growing, strengthening, and loving together as the “whole body.” God expects us to do our work under Christ who is the head of the body. We are to do our work joined and held together under Christ, the head of the body. Our work is to be done in love.
Our work should lead to the body of Christ’s growth and strengthening. The body should grow and grow stronger. We are responsible to Christ for what we do and how we do it as a body of believers. Paul says that if one part of the body suffers or receives honor, every part is impacted because it is one body with many parts.
- Does what you do help to grow the body?
- Does what you do help to strengthen the body?
- Do you do what you do for the body in love?
Take these questions into careful and prayerful consideration. Look at how you can help grow and strengthen the body of Christ. Pray over your role and function within the body of Christ. Build up and help grow the body of Christ.
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A person who wholly follows the Lord is one who believes that the promises of God are trustworthy, that He is with His people, and that they are well able to overcome.
We connect in church many different ways and at many different points. The unbeliever connects with the entire, universal body of Christ upon accepting Christ as Savior and Lord. Once a believer, that same person has an opportunity to connect with his or her local church as an active and professing member. As I said, there are numerous ways people connect to the church. however, we must also understand that we, as the church, must offer new and numerous points where people can get connected to the church.
We need to offer connection points, places where people can connect with Christ, connect with other saints and connect with what the church or its affiliates and partners have to offer. Here is a short list of connection points to consider. You may want to talk to your small group or Sunday school class to explore more specific connection points that exist for you and your ministry.
Entrances: Think about first impressions. You can look at them as “touch points” or whatever, but you need your best greeters and brightest smiles working the door. Certainly, you should have “people people” working the door and meeting the visitors and guests, even returning people, into your church. Make sure that your people offer those who come in an opportunity to sign up for the church newsletter (handing them a copy) and be sure to provide them with any essential church literature, i.e. first-time visitors FAQ sheet and an outline of the order of worship. [Sometimes we invite people to church without helping them to know what to expect.]
Sanctuary: Most churches have some period during their worship service where they welcome or recognize visitors and guests. Be sure that people act genuine without a whole lot of “coaching” from the pulpit. People like other people to be friendly in a natural sense, not out of a sense of duty or obligation like “because the pastor said to do it.” Let it be part of the natural organic chemistry of who you are.
Exits: Don’t let someone leave without thanking them for joining you in worship. Invite guests and visitors to a special area to receive “gifts” like a free CD or DVD of a past sermon by the senior pastor, calendars or other items with the church logo and contact information or something as simple as a tract and a coupon for redemption at your bookstore or gift shop.
Be sure that you allow people to connect at least at each one of these points, offering them prayer, an invitation to salvation or joining the church, or even a special time for visitors and guest with the pastor and his special greeters. If available, assist people to fill out contact information and include business cards for staff persons who will contact the person as a follow up to their visit.
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Posted in Christian, compassion, connected, evangelism, evangelize, faith, fruit, gospel, growth, inspiration, Jesus, methods, networking, outreach, priority, productivity, reflection, salvation, study, works, tagged Christ, college, community, evangelism, fishers of men, gospel, outreach, salvation on July 10, 2010|
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Evangelism is a lot like College
It is a lot like college in many ways. You can only imagine how so, but here are a few of the ways that evangelism resembles college life.
- You are tested by people at times who may know just as much as and sometimes even more than you on the subject at hand
- You have to use a lot of what you have already learned to face new challenges
- You meet people from nearly every walk of life
- Doing your homework pays off
- You’re own your own but you can always come back home
- The study and discussions help you when you interact with others outside of class
- You can just show up if you want to, but you have to put in some hard work in order to reap the rewards
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
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Posted in change, choices, Christianity, connected, encouragement, example, exhortation, faith, growth, inspiration, instruction, Jesus, new nature, salvation, solutions, teaching, trust on June 15, 2010|
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Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)
It’s all in your mind. What makes a difference is already within you, if you believe in Christ as your Savior, but what may be holding it up, what may be blocking it from becoming your way of life, may also exist within you, too. It may be what’s in your mind.
God wants you to have the mind of Christ. God wants your thought process to change. He wants your thoughts to mirror the thoughts of Jesus. He wants your mind to operate like the mind of Christ. The New Century Version says that we should “think and act like Christ.”
Yet, a lot can clutter our mind, especially in this “information age.” We are so connected these days through Facebook, IM, Twitter, Gmail, and other means that we can often grow disconnected to the serious business of being a Christian. We can easily lose our way and find ourselves thriving in worldly success and failing at faith.
God is calling you to be like Christ. He wants you to become like the Son. He is not asking you to be Christ. He is not asking you to die on the cross for the sins of the world. He is not expecting you to be Christ, but He does expect you to be like Christ.
We should embody the very essence of Christ’s being, starting with a change within us that manifests through our actions and interactions, even our words. Yes, we were created in His image at Creation, but we have not been transformed into “new creations” until we accept and embrace being changed by Him to become like Him.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
John 13:15 (NKJV)
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