Monthly Archives: February 2014

Questions For Christians Series #1: Christian Image

I’m launching a new series called Questions For Christians. These questions are compiled from personal conversations and research from non-believers.

QUESTION:

If Christians are so worried about their faith, why is it that 10% of Christians now go to church just to say they can without actually going to LEARN?

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ANSWER:
Christians who are “worried” about their faith usually fit into just one category: those that go to church to learn and to grow their faith and their relationship with Christ. Typically, Christians are even more worried about the faith of others*.

While there is no way to accurately determine the percentage of Christians who attend church for an appearance, I can assure you that it is probably fewer than you think. There are vocal Christians, and there are vocal and acting Christians.

Christians who are vocal tend to vocalize their faith in Jesus but they don’t feel the convictions or obligations to abide by Biblical laws or even try to. These people may fall under the idea you have of attending church to say they did. Christians who are both vocal and acting, will not only vocalize their beliefs but in many ways follow the Bible and better themselves and who have a relationship with The Lord. These Christians may be in the minority now-a-days but it our job as Christians to keep each other on the right path with God (Matthew 18:15-17, Galatians 6:1-2, Luke 17:3.)

*Opinion of my own.
**All scripture is from the New International Version unless noted otherwise.

Be You Online Bible Study: 02/18/14

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Author Heather Bixler has been hosting an online Bible Study series titled Be You, based off of her newest book Be You: Four Week Mini Bible Study.

Here is my review of her latest session, held on February 18, 2014:

Tonight’s online Bible Study was nothing short of liberating for me. It was very thought-provoking and forced me to ask myself questions which I either hadn’t addressed before or had completely dismissed.

The biggest question, the question which kind of umbrellas the others (for me) was, “If we’re AFRAID, how are we different from the world?” Our goal as Christians is to be like-Christ, to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. But when fear creeps in, doubt, guilt or shame, we give a poor reflection of Christ in our lives.

Sharing things of my past is still challenging for me simply because of my own fear. I’ve realized tonight how big a role FEAR has played in my life and in the purpose that God has created for me. Fear has handicapped me into believing the lies of the enemy when instead I should be listening to how GOD defines me, written in the scriptures.
The enemy doesn’t define me. My deliberate (and constant) decision to step out of Fear into Faith will empower me to doing great things. I believe this will be a constant effort on my part, a daily need for reminder and affirmation in prayer, but something that will be life-changing and greatly improve my relationship with The Lord.

Thank you so much, Heather Bixler for allowing us into your home Tuesday nights and especially for this eye-opening message.

If you’d like to be apart of this awesome online study and fellowship SIGN UP TODAY HERE. It’s FREE!

My Sunday Sermon Journal: loveONEanother

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.

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Starting the series called (Kal-eh-o) which means “Calling”, pastor Kyle opens up with some great points and brings us to Ephesians 4:1-3. 

4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  • Live a life WORTHY of the calling.

We have been called to KEEP the unity. We’re meant to have this unity- we’ve received it. It is our job to maintain it. To KEEP it.

The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. -Mother Teresa

Meaning, our family only consists of our relatives NOT the church body. We need to become one body for Christ and unit believers as ONE FAMILY.

    • A calling we’ve received NOT achieved
    • Be humble, completely, and patient
    • Keep the Spiritual Unity HE created. Maintain it.

We are called to Keep the unity with maturity and extreme efforts. Make EVERY effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. Keep in place what HE created. [Ephesians 4:2-3]

Do this because it is who God is and what God does. [Ephesians 4:4-6]

Believers should not speak ill of one another. We must love each other as ONE BODY. One unified force. We will spend eternity with one another. We need to get along.

Live On Purpose!

Think to yourself these questions:
Do I love what Jesus loves?
Would an outsider see that?
Am I making every effort?

Watch the sermon loveONEanother

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: loveONEanotehr

Series: (Kal-eh-o) “Calling”

Aired 01/12/2014

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

*Photo credit: http://ramblin-reed.blogspot.com/2013/06/unity-of-body-walking-worthy-of-call.html

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