We can't always see God in hard times, but we can trust that God has a plan for His glory and for our good.
Testing in the Bible reveals people's faith and God's character in new ways.
Christians typically worship on their own terms: give what is financially convenient, attend and serve only when nothing else interferes, and keep the gospel message to themselves. Then we wonder why God isn't more present and powerful. Our worship must be obedient to what God has called us to.
God has given everyone the same amount of hours in their day. As followers of Jesus we see time as something that has a purpose to it. We should make time to glorify God, and to enjoy what He has created
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?