January 22, 2019
This coming Sunday we will wrap up the sermon series, Matters of the Mind. Philippians 2:5 which says, “Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” has been our guiding verse to start this new year. Perhaps the clearest way to know for ourselves that the mind of Christ is growing in leadership of our lives is through our lifestyle. I believe it was author Josh McDowell who once said, “If being Christian was a crime would there be enough evidence to convict you?” The evidence we’re thinking like Jesus will be revealed in our behavior. As I write this article, I am entitling the sermon for this Sunday, 180 Degrees. Sometimes, even though we may not intend to do so, much of our faith can consist more of theory; than action. We can tend to get caught up in the dogma/teaching topics and increasing our knowledge of God; but not our experience of God. The most important point is the teachings of Jesus living in us so that hour by hour, day by day, the work of the Holy Spirit is changing who we are into who we need to become. The greatest evidence that faith is taking life in us is seen through our actions when belief gets translated into behavior, and prayers are put into practice. However, the issue is never just about our relationship to God and experiencing fulfillment. Our relationship to God is personal; but never private. Jesus blew up the distorted thinking, “me and Jesus only” when he called us to “go into the world and preach the gospel” or to “let our light shine so our Father in heaven would be glorified.” Faith in God is to have the ripple-affect, it is to touch somebody. The ripple-effect our spiritual maturity, or lack thereof will impact someone.
If we are not moving 180 degrees away from sin, and from whatever influences us to be less than we were created to become, then were moving 180 degrees in the opposite direction of God. We might like to think there is middle ground, some gray area to stall for a little bit, but that is not biblical. Jesus once said, if we’re neither hot nor cold, he would spew us out of his mouth, meaning there is no having it both ways. We heard this past Sunday from James chapter one that we are to be “doers of the word and not only hears.” Join us this Sunday as we explore from the scriptures the definitive signs we are leaning into and seeking to have the mind that was in Christ fleshed out in our lives.
See you Sunday.
It’s all About Him