A Beautiful Mess

What made this doctrinal crisis work out as beautiful as it did was the Church’s AIM.

First, the church in Jerusalem made sure The gospel, was never compromised.
Throughout this debate, the gospel of Christ, the gift of Jesus shed for our sins, the call to repentance, was never compromised. The church understood what people—Jew or Gentile—have to do to be powerfully saved.

This could have been a moment when the gospel of salvation could have been terribly confused, and the church could have divided over doctrinal misunderstandings.
• But the church preserved what Paul would say to the Corinthians in chapter 1, when he said: If anyone pulls the cross out of the gospel in any way, shape, or form, they’re wrong.
• So the gospel of salvation was preserved in this great debate.

Second, they preserved the unity of the body of Christ.
No one walked.
• We don’t hear ourselves well in today’s society.
• We are being so in love with a customized society in which every person wants everything his or her way.
• Whether we’re talking about business and the stores we go to,
• or the clothing we buy,
• or the job we do,
• everybody demands that you do it his or her way.
• If not, they walk.

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Code Blue – The Church at Sardis.

Scientists studied a native tribe in South America whose people have been dying prematurely for generations. After a thorough investigation, the cause of premature death was determined. The disease was…

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Giving It All.

The Church in Smyrna found themselves in an interesting dichotomy. Their home city was wealthy and beautiful, faithfully connected to the power of Rome. But while the city was rich…

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UNRAVELED

We all have searching questions. What is the church? What is our purpose? What is our source of truth? How are we to relate to each other? To the world? To God? Answers to those questions are found in the stories that make up the book of Acts.

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PRAYER, PENTECOST, AND THE PRESENT

So one hundred worshipers [meeting] together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

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What the World Needs Now!

There is an emptiness in man that can only be filled by love. This man took advantage of that. We can learn something from this. God is the source of love, he is love, and people will never be happy or fulfilled without this love that comes from God!

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[RE] Focus

In a distracted world, what we need right now is focus. We need to have the kind of focus that brings clarity to confusion. We also need the kind of focus that separates the essential from the non-essential, the real from the outrage.

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