What sort of a church should we be in 2013? What’s our vision as the people of God on the northside of Brisbane? The words of 1 Peter 4:7-11 are a great starting point. Growth groups helps us to live out the bible’s teaching on genuine relationships and practical love. And we all have gifts to share to see gospel ministry go forward.
Good leadership is critically important in life. And the same is true for church. Good church leadership is defined in 1 Peter 5:1-14 and so is what’s the right way to respond to church leadership. Church leaders need prayer because the dangers are great.
The way Christians have responded to living in this world has often be with ‘conforming’, ‘combating’ or ‘cocooning’. But God commands another way – community. Church should be a place of genuine deep love and care, and we have gifts and abilities to serve each other.
There’s no point sugar-coating the truth – the Christian life brings hardship. But we can remember that Jesus paved the way of suffering when he died for us. Jesus went to the cross and rose to have new life so we can have hope and purpose even in tough times.
There’s a form of Christianity that’s defensive and angry when relating to the surrounding culture and relating to other people. But the bible teaches another way. Not conforming to the ways of the world but responding with gentleness, respect and having a willingness to suffer for Jesus Christ.
Is the bible’s teaching on men, women and marriage misogynist? It’s easy to have a reaction against that word ‘submission’ but what if submission means something different to what we first think? We need to understand submission in marriage in relation to God’s design for marriage. You might be surprised.
How should a Christian live as a citizen in this world when this world doesn’t submit to God as their king and in many ways doesn’t follow His ways? It’s not to conform, combat or cocoon. Christians should pursue holiness but it’s ‘purity with proximity’. And it means submitting to authorities and following in the […]
Jesus was rejected and went to the cross. And because of Jesus, the priviledges that were for Israel, come to us through faith in Him. We are chosen and we become holy priests who belong to God. This is only possible because of grace.
Faithful Christian living requires discipline, self-control and determination. It’s a type of discipline that far outstrips any Olympic athlete. It means to puruse holiness and not conforming to the world around. It means to love others deeply and it takes wanting to know more and more of the good news of Jesus.
When people are confronted with the reality that following Jesus makes them different to the culture around, they often make one of three choices. Conform, Cocoon or Combat. But there’s another way which involves staying true to Jesus. Christians need to know their true identity, their future and that there is a purpose to suffering.