Sunday was awesome! God moved and people responded! So here is the recap.
- I took my part in preaching the Encounters Series. I spoke about Caiaphas rejecting God’s Will. The Scripture that I used was Mark 11:15-19, 27-33. Because Caiaphas was ultimately in charge of the Temple, here are three things that he rejected; right worship; caring for others, and God’s Authority. The problem with worship was that the Jews were not keeping God’s Temple Holy. The priests had a scam for money going in the Temple. They were selling pre-approved animals for sacrifice. The priests rejected that Jesus is the Lamb of God and therefore, rejected His judgment upon the Temple. Caiaphas was finally persuaded officials that Jesus should be put to death as the ultimate rejection. I asked three What if . . . questions. What if Christians did not reject right worship of Christ? What would The Church look like? What if Christians did not take advantage of others, but really cared? What would The Church look like? What if Christians really accepted God’s Authority? How would we live our lives? What would The Church look like?
- We had 45. This is discouraging.
- We had around 7 come to the altar to move closer to Christ. This is awesome! Praise the Lord!
- I noticed a sincerity in several to win others to Christ. This is encouraging.
- Giving was up.
- I pointed out that most Christians give 10% of their income. The problem with this is that many Christians limit God to just 10% of their income. What I mean is that they only allow God to God of that much, and they limit His Authority to only the financial aspect of their lives. Because we don’t want Him to have access to the other 90% of our income. We also don’t want God to have access to our time and personal lives. This is the danger of paying 10%. We clear our minds of any other responsibilities. Many think, “I’ve done my part.” Yet, the question remains, “Have you really?” I think that God is interested in more than money.
- Sunday night was mediocre. We split into men’s and women’s groups. The men talked about Holiness. What does it mean to have the mind of Christ?
- As I look back at Sunday, I think it was a good time of worship. Yet, I see that it was not good enough. We must, as a church, begin to deliberately win Sunday back.
- I think Sunday has been lost to recreation, relaxation, and retailization. I had to have another R. People, let me tell you straight. God knows if you are really His or not.
- If you are cutting church without a legitimate reason, then you are missing the mark. Please do not respond to this post that you can be a Christian without going to church. I don’t think so. Unless you are in a country that does not allow you to. That talk just makes me tired. I bet when we all get to Heaven people will enjoy being in a worship service with each other.
- Finally, thank you Lord for new believers. Amen.