Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Passive Christianity?

Is it possible that after receiving the FREE gift of "eternal life" and the restoration of a God-Me relationship, that we just want to settle in and enjoy life until the real party begins - in Heaven? As a believer, do you think you have a responsibility to share the good news? Share the JOY? Be a disciple?

Like most Christians, I used to think that all I needed to do was a) go to church; b) tithe 10%; c) have a daily devotional; and d) pray. Like most Christians, I used to think that spreading the Gospel was the responsibility of Preachers and Evangelists. Like most Christians, I thought going to church was enough. I was wrong. The "will of God" is that ALL should be saved. The "plan of God" is that all who are saved will become disciples who learn how to disciple others.

There are MONSTER churches with thousands of spectators being entertained and psychologically cajoled into believing that it's all too complicated to understand. BUT, if you keep coming back week after week we will continue to help you sort out the mystery of "faith and right living." If this is where you are hangin' I pray that you wake up ... come out of that coma you are in!

If I were asked to explain the whole "relationship with God" thang and "what it means to be a Christian," I would share these few verses.
Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believed in Him would NOT PERISH but
have everlasting life.

Matthew 22:37-38
And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' "This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."
Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore into all the world making disciples,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;
teaching  them to obey the commandments that I gave you.

Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
It's not complicated or mysterious. It surely doesn't take a college degree or credential to figure out. These few vital verses transcend virtually every denominational and doctrinal divide. If you have been given salvation, you are instructed to become a disciple to a disciple. This accountability to one another is what makes the church strong and allows the world to see the truth - that Christ (God with skin) came to seek and save and transform mankind.

We can make disciples, ONE meal at a time.

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