Many Christians spend more time covering up their sins or weaknesses by pretending to be something they are not. Rather than frankly admitting their weaknesses and attempting to take advantage of God’s resources in Christ, many Christians are content with living an incongruent public and private life. “Fake it till you make it” may be a popular sales slogan, but it has NO place in Christianity. Let’s examine the need for personal intimacy and fellowship with God.
This morning we look at another epidemic that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – we have lost the art of disciple-making.
The making of disciples is the church’s primary function, and yet often times this task does not enter our thinking on a day to day basis. Much of what passes for discipleship in our churches today is a Western model of academia where the church produces “students,” NOT future disciple-makers. For some, this message will be a simple reminder or re-focus, and for others this will be a paradigm shift in thinking. We’ll consider the art of disciple-making this morning.
This morning we look at one of the epidemics that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – a lack of true community.
True community is what many believers are starving for. To be in a group that spurs you on to greater fellowship with the Lord and with each other is indeed ideal. However, is that ideal attainable in the Church of Jesus Christ? We’ll consider this question this morning.
This morning we look at one of the epidemics that is spreading and doing great harm to the Church of Jesus Christ – poor conflict resolution.
Many Christians desire “church” to be free of any conflicts or drama, because their lives are filled with both in every other sphere (family, friendships, work, etc.). Unfortunately for those wanting to avoid conflict, conflict is a tool in God’s tool-belt designed for our spiritual growth and for the health of His Church. If this is the case, how can we do it well?
This morning, we begin a six part series entitled the “Epidemics of Christianity.” If you could know exactly what Jesus Christ is interested in, passionate about, and if you could know exactly how Jesus Christ would spend His time if He was on earth today, would you want to know? Thankfully, the Word of God tells us that the primary thing Jesus Christ is passionate about is BUILDING His Church! However, many distractions have crept in and infiltrated our churches, much like an epidemic disease – these must be recognized and rejected.