Monday, March 30, 2009

Four Things the Church in Acts did Well

# 1- They thought Biblically

I am convinced one of the toughest things for anyone to do is to think Biblically. I believe the toughest thing to accomplish in ministry is to get people thinking Biblically. We like to pick and choose from the Bible the things that best suit us because there are times when the Bible doesn’t make since. For example when Jesus says tells us to “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him” it doesn’t make since. Why on earth would we deny ourselves and why would we want to follow Him if this is how we do it.

I believe this separates the real Christian’s from the want-a-b. Not simply obeying this one passage but taking the Bible, laying it out before our lives, and then constantly making sure our life is looking like God’s Word. Instead what we like to do is to take the Bible and make it fit our life. We try to interpret the Bible the way we want to.

The Bible is the most uncomfortable book in the world. I’m like dang when Jesus tells me to “forgive seven times seventy” that makes me uncomfortable. There are times when I don’t want to forgive, I want to hold on to things, and become bitter. Yet Jesus is there saying forgive continually. It’s uncomfortable to think about Isaac being offered as a sacrifice by his own father for the sake of obedience, David facing a giant because no one else would, and Stephen being stoned to death when he could have kept his mouth shut and lived. Yet Colossians 1:16 says “we were created by Him and for Him.”

Today, what is God’s word saying to you that makes you uncomfortable?

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