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The Church: What Type of Christian Are You?

The Church: What Type of Christian Are You?

Pastor Conway Edwards

Bible Reference(s): Matthew 5:1-16

There are three types of Christians, the:

  • Isolationist: Christians that decide they don’t want to be part of God’s larger plan they worry about themselves; they want separation from the unbelievers.
  • Conformist:  Christians who want to blend in and sometimes join in.  The problem is lines become blurred, you don’t really know which side they’re on – the world’s or Christ’s.
  • Ambassador: Christians that are called to represent another set of values, Christ’s values.  They want to help bring as many people to God as possible.  They are like the “salt of the earth”.

To understand the statement “salt of the earth” you need to understand what salt does.  Salt creates a thirst and slows decay.  When we reflect Christ’s character in our lives, others begin to want the peace and joy we have. It creates a thirst in the un-churched to have Christ in their lives thereby reducing the decay, chaos in our society, one person at a time.

The goal within the Church is for all of us to be “Ambassadors”, the “salt of the earth”, anxious to share Christ’s story and promise, enthusiastically living a life that provides a positive example, and ready for each opportunity to engage others in the discussion that’s important to supporting their positive relationship with God.  Sharing does require the “right approach”; that is important and must be our priority.  Our approach is critical to connecting with others; reaching them so God can do what he does best, change their hearts.

This is why once we have the person’s attention, content is key.  We should:

  • Make the message engaging
  • Make it something helpful to the person’s current situation
  • Connect the message to what you have learned; make it personal and real

Are you up to the challenge of being an “Ambassador” for Christ?

An Extraordinary Life Through Grace

An Extraordinary Life Through Grace

July 6, 2014

Pastor Eric Wooten

Bible references: Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 3:23, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 5:20, Romans 6:1-2; John 3:16; Galatians 1:25; Hebrews 10:29

How are we to live a life that is extraordinary? By tapping into the power that God has given us. Grace is free, it’s a gift that we receive through our faith. Grace is the key concept to understand how God relates to us. It is up to us to receive it. It’s a somewhat scandalous idea – grace. God’s nature has never changed. Jesus was not plan B. God’s nature has always been grace. No matter how often we turn away, God’s grace is there for us. The good news is, since we did not have to do anything to receive grace, there is no way we can lose it.

There are three approaches to grace:

1. Selectively religious – Some trample the spirit of grace when they pick and choose what aspects they like and will follow. They dismiss the ones that do not make sense or may be viewed as inconvenient.

2. Religious way – Some believe we get closer to grace through our actions. The idea of God helps them who help themselves. They create stepping stones to get from where they are to God by works. These people begin to rank sin from absolutely wrong to borderline wrong. With God, sin is sin.

3. Gospel way – (the God-honoring approach) This is done the Gospel way by grace. Under grace God came to us (He took the initiative). God carries us (He took our burdens), and God controls (took the lead).

When we truly come under God’s grace, we can’t help but to transform into his image.

Empowered to Win

Empowered to Win

Pastor Stephen Brown

Bible references: Romans 8:26-31; 8: 1-4; 8:18-21; 8:15; John 14:15-18; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Do you ever feel weak? How do you process the weakness and not waive the white flag?
Remember, that when we cannot God can; God has already figured it out. When we are weak that’s when our strength will be manifested because God recognized our limitations and had not left us to our own devices. He sent us the assistance of the Holy Spirit, which is our strength and advocate. When we pray, the Holy Spirit goes to the Father and translates our words and deepest desires on our behalf. Three important points to reinforce the fact that we are empowered to win are:
1. Know the blessing of our status (We are children of God)
2. Know the source of our strength (Holy Spirit)
3. Know the purpose of our suffering (God’s glory)
The things we go through on this side allow us to be perfected for that day when we are all called home.