God’s Elect (those who God has redeemed in Christ) live a world that is not our own. We need to be obedient people who know that the world is watching us. Our obedience to God is our loudest witness to a world in need of Christ.
Making disciples (teaching others about Jesus), and being a disciple (a student of Jesus), is embedded in the “Great Commission.” The expectation is that every Christian will live that out. The lack of discipleship today is why the church is lacking in so many ways.
The final words of Jesus in the Gospels and Acts emphasize sending us into the world as messengers to proclaim the gospel (Mark), make disciples (Matthew), baptize (Matthew & Mark), and that the Holy Spirit empowers us for this gospel work (Luke, John, & Acts). The gospel is to be shared, not buried.
Every Christian has gifts, abilities, or talents, that are from God. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are to be a part of one local church body where those “gifts” are used in mutuality to one another, and together for the Kingdom.
Jesus commands us to love one another. We are to bind ourselves together in community in the local church for the “one another” in Scripture. It is impossible to be a faithful Christian apart from being in community.
The Bible speaks more about money than any other resource God gives us. Money reveals more about Gospel, faith, idolatry, obedience, and heart, than anything else. As challenging as this subject may be, tithing to the church is a gospel discipleship issue.
We can practice offering our life by following 5 points. This will be a time of self-reflection where we will be able to look back on our past experiences, present desires, and current opportunities. What might you be able to discern about God’s will for your life?
We have all been given talents, abilities, resources, and gifts, for the building of Christ's Kingdom. We live as if what we have is simply ours to do with as we please, but Jesus makes it clear that what He has given us is for His purposes.
A PRAYER FOR 2020
Our focus as we end this year will determine how we begin the next year. A Right place, as followers of Jesus, for us to focus is on our prayer life.
THE ETERNAL PLAN OF REDEMPTION
Today we get a rare look at a conversation between God and His Son Jesus before Jesus is born. The focus is on Christ’s purpose of redemption. This passage is a great way see the Christmas Story in a new way.
GOD PREPARES THE WAY
God used Isaiah to prepare Israel for their deliverance from Babylon. God used John the Baptist to prepare Israel for Jesus. God uses Scripture to prepare us for Christ to work in us this Christmas.