Paul tells the Church in Corinth to be generous in giving to others. God will take care of them. We will be generous in our financial giving, wherever God calls us to give.
The parable of the Good Samaritan shows the importance of being generous with our time to serve others. We will take time to be generous and serve others in our Church and community.
A single Bible verse changed the world as we know it. Verse 17 reminds us that God’s righteousness is not earned but given through faith. Every day, but especially on this Confirmation Sunday, we stand to confirm that we are unashamed of the Gospel.
Talk is cheap. It’s easy and it only costs .02. Actions speak louder than words. Action is hard and costly. Getting stuck in a rut of talk without action should not be the norm for the Church because we are called to be doers and not only hearers of the Word.
Focus: Perfection is not our goal, but we do believe that the Lord Jesus and those He calls us to serve are worthy of our best. Do our words and deeds reflect this value?
Let’s be honest – Christians are often not fun people to be around. In fact, they can be downright rude, judgmental, confrontational, and all-around sticks in the mud. Can we be honest about the challenges of life while also demonstrating the life of Jesus in a way that is attractive to people who do not know Jesus?
Lydia was most likely a prominent businesswoman who was instrumental in planting the Church in Philippi. Through faith in Jesus, Lydia came to understand what Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi – “in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
We believe that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church. However, it seems that the phrase “We’ve never done it that way before,” can bring the mission of the Church to a halt. If his friends had said that, would the paralytic have ever met Jesus?
What is the Church known for, today? Are we know by what we are for or by what we are against? Can you imagine a time when the people outside the Church held us in, “high esteem?” What was the early Church about that garnered this kind of support from the people?