Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

Stair-Master “Faith”

10/12/2011
Church of Christ at Wedderburn, Victoria

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Today is part one of a two-part message, I put together to describe two different kinds of “faith” people like to follow, or tend to, and it is unfortunate that they chose either.

Have you ever been on a stairmaster? Ever gotten off of one, realized how much work you had just done, and acknowledged the fact that you are standing in the exact same place you were, pre-workout?

That is the crummy faith life that many in our modern society have. They show up for church on Sunday, maybe even two or three more times during the week, but as soon as the key is in the ignition and they drive out of the parking lot, followed by unlocking the door and walking into their homes, it’s over until next time.

They built up a spiritual sweat during service and worshipped with all of their hearts while learning with all their minds. But when the lights of the church go off for the day, so do those people’s faith.

The workout in the gym might be great, but living your faith life that way is absolutely counterproductive to what Christ instructed us to do. We are instructed to serve the purpose of Christ in all aspects of our lives, not only at church.

My advice for you today, if any of the above applies to you, as your personal spiritual trainer for the day, get off of the stairmaster, and hit the spiritual cross-country track of the world to share the love and redemption of Christ.

 

Chris

Faking It

10/11/2011

Today closes the books on our series “Lose your faith in 5 easy steps”. And lastly, but certainly not the least of those steps is faking it.

How many people have left churches over what they called “hypocrisy” in the church or church leadership. My church is currently working on a fall campaign titled “Christian Atheist”. It is someone who behaves and claims to be a christian, but behaves and thinks as if God is not really there, or doesn’t do what he says he will.

My wife once had issues with a family member, and was told by another family member to “fake it, until you make it”. I can see how being in a situation where you are forced to work with a family member or be around one can make you grow more fond of them over time. Fungus does grow on you right?

All jokes aside, I love seeing her interact positively with that family member these days. They get along GREAT. So why is this a bad thing in church? Why is bad to be a fake christian until you become comfortable enough to be a REAL DISCIPLE?

That is simple. If Jesus himself doesn’t know when he will be sent back to Earth by the Father in Heaven to collect his children, they how can you possibly KNOW THAT, but act like you have all the time in the world to make the REAL and GENUINE transaction that will insure your eternal security?

Food for thought.

 

Chris

I don’t really know Him.

10/06/2011

Bulletin/Handout notes

 Original Message/Sermon:  Pastor Jeff Daws
 
From morning service at Stockbridge Community Church on 10/2/11.
 
(listen to sermon or make a donation at SCCview.Net)
 
Today’s point: Know God, Know Life
 
How to move from “No God” to “KNOWING GOD“. 
 
1. Admit I live like there is no God. (1 John 2:3-4 NLT)
 
2. I must turn or return to God, NOW. (Acts 17:24-25,27 CEV…Matthew 11:28-29 NCV…Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)
 
3. Get to KNOW GOD personally. (Psalm 63:1-4 CEV…Psalm 9:10 NIV…Romans 10:9-10 NLT)
 
 
 
**Join the SCC Family in reading the book “Christian Atheist” by Craig Groeschel. Purchase the book or E-book at :
www.christianbook.com or www.amazon.com**
 
 
 
Your next steps today:
1. I am asking Jesus to come into my life and be my savior for the first time. 
2. I will make the effort to get to know God personally by reading His word, praying, and listening to His still, small voice.
3. I will commit to the best of my ability to be here each week for the remainder of this series.
 
 

Superstitious or Supernatural?

10/05/2011
Bulletin/Handout notes
 
Original Message/Sermon: Pastor Ricky Mosel
 
From One50Five service on 10/2/11.
 
(listen to sermon at one50five.com)
 
From the series: “Christian Imposter”
 
SUPERSTITION: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. 
 
SUPERNATURAL: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable; especially : of or relating to God.
 
WHEN WE PRAY, WE WANT JESUS TO BE FAIR.
 
(But He isn’t always, has never claimed to be, and never will.)
 
WHEN IT COMES TO PRAYER
 
1. Sometimes God says “NO”!  (Acts 12:1-5 NIV)
 
2. Sometimes God says “OBEY”!  (Acts 12:6-11 NIV)
 
3. Sometimes God says “YES”!  (Acts 12:12-17 NIV)
 
 
ONE LAST THOUGHT:
 
God’s character is not determined by our circumstances!

Step 3: Temptations

09/27/2011

Thanks for stopping in today for Episode 23 of Inspired Audio. You can listen to today’s audio by CLICKING HERE NOW. Also, Christian’s 1st birthday is this Thursday so in celebration of my little guy’s big day, I am taking the rest of this week off. See you next week and God bless!

Step 2: Bad Influences

09/26/2011

Thanks for stopping in for Episode 22 of Inspired Audio. You can hear today’s audio by CLICKING HERE NOW.

Serving > Ourselves

09/22/2011
Bulletin/Handout notes
 
Original Message/Sermon: R. Frisone
 
From One50Five service on 9/19/11.
 
(listen to sermon at one50five.com)
 
From the series: ”  > ”  (Greater Than)
 
“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
 
Three truths about serving:
 
1. Serving is NEVER about us.
2. People see God through serving.
3. Serving HUMBLES us.
 
Walk away point:
 
We need to become >.

Lose your faith in five easy steps!

09/20/2011

Today is the first in a five-part series I am titling “Lose your faith in 5 easy steps”. That probably sounds a little counterproductive to what we normal shoot for at I.M., but I think it is far past time we talk about the five main things that immediately kill our faith, and these things aren’t even the BIG things people normally think about, these are the small things, that eat away at our faith like a cancer slowly but surely over a long period of time. I was inspired for this series by reading the book Weird, which I recommend, Craig Groeschell is an awesome Christian author.

Have you ever found a piece of glass on the beach? Probably not, but trust me, they are there. The thing about glass shards dropped on beaches is that over time, the elements smooth the rough edges, grind the piece down, and eventually, it just looks like another smooth-sided pebble on the beach. We have a choice to avoid becoming like very other pebble on that beach by resisting these five things.

First on the list is our title for today, BLAMING GOD. We will be getting in to that tomorrow in our audio section, stay tuned!!

Why the blood?

09/15/2011

Thanks for stopping in for Episode 19 of Inspired Audio. You can listen to today’s audio by CLICKING HERE NOW.

Prayer that goes beyond blessings

09/13/2011

I have recently finished reading Pastor Craig Groeschel’s book titled “Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working”. It is a life changing book if you take it to heart, because it makes you look yourself eye-to-eye and see the real you. Not the you that everyone else see’s, the REAL you. There is a prayer in his book that I wanted to share with you all today, as opposed to our usual format. I pray you enjoy, print, and continuously take the steps in your life to be weird also.

“Years ago someone wrote this prayer for all of us who long for more than just the gratification of normal blessings:”

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, and starvation, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. May God bless you with the weirdest blessing possible—his divine burden.”

When many people pray for blessings, they pray for financial needs to be met, their kids college grades to come back higher than last semester, their local (or favorite) sports team to win the big game, their health or the health of others. Praying for the health of others is probably the noblest of those listed above. But what about praying for the ability to feed the hungry, take care of widows and orphans, teach the gospel, or lead people to Christ? I pray you ask God to place a divine burden on your heart today. A divine burden to do more, to help more, to serve more, to aid wherever it is needed in His work.

 

God bless,

 

Chris