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Watch Off The Kirb Ministries - 3 Scriptures That Are BANNED in Most Churches Today! 3 things unbelievers should never google, but why we can trust the Bible because it never lies or hides the Biblical truth from us even in these horrific Bible stories.
The Benefits of Belonging to a Church Family, Part 2 - Rick Warren Daily Devotional (February-23-2023)
Rick Warren (February-23-2023) Daily Devotional: The Benefits of Belonging to a Church Family, Part 2
“[God] made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock." Psalm 100:3 (GNT)
Belonging to a church family has many benefits. Yesterday we looked at two of those benefits: Through the church, you learn your true identity and you are supported by others. Today we’ll look at three more benefits.
You discover your unique value. Everyone is unique. Nowhere else on Earth is there anyone like you. That’s why the church needs you—to make the body complete. Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others” (TLB). You need other people, and they need you.
You receive protection. Psalm 100:3 says, “[God] made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock” (GNT). What’s the benefit of being part of God’s flock? You are defended and cared for. You have other people looking out for you. And you can enjoy the safety and security that come from belonging to a family who trusts in Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Being connected to God’s church—God’s flock—also makes you more confident and less anxious. When you’re struggling in the business world, you can say, “I’m not on my own.” When your relationships are strained, you can say, “I’m not on my own.” Or when you’re facing a health crisis, you can say, “I’m not on my own.” Why? Because you belong to a church family that loves you.
You become productive. Most people want their life to count. They want to make a difference. How can you best do that? By staying connected to a church family. And that’s the key—you have to stay connected.
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener . . . you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:1, 5 NIV).
The point is this: You’ll never be as productive as God intended for you to be if you’re not connected to a church family. Your church teaches you the right questions to ask and the right priorities to set. A cut-off branch cannot bear fruit. But when you’re connected to the true vine, Jesus, life-giving energy flows through you to others.
Nothing in the world can give you what the church gives you. Only the church can meet your need for significance, stability, protection, productivity, and being valued.
Talk It Over
- How is God using the talents and giftings of other people to benefit your life?
- With everything going on in our world today, why is it important to seek the protection of a church family?
- Think of someone who is making a huge difference in the world through their church. How do their efforts encourage you to do the same?
Have you trusted God’s promise of salvation?
If you’re ready to commit your life to Jesus, then pray this prayer:
“Dear Jesus, you have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.
“I confess my sin, and I receive you into my life as my Lord and Savior. Today, I’m turning every part of my life over to you. I want to follow you and do what you tell me to do.
“Jesus, I am grateful for your love and for your sacrifice that makes it possible for me to join you in heaven. I know I don’t deserve it. And I thank you that I don’t have to earn or work for my salvation, because I know that is impossible. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you instead of serving myself. I humbly commit my life to you, and I ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
The Benefits of Belonging to a Church Family, Part 1 - Rick Warren Daily Devotional (February-22-2023)
Rick Warren (February-22-2023) Daily Devotional: The Benefits of Belonging to a Church Family, Part 1
“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Romans 1:12 (NLT)
The better connected you are to a church family, the more you will experience everything the church has to offer.
What does the church have to offer? You get five benefits when you belong to a church family. Today we’ll be looking at the first two.
You learn your true identity. People often look for their identity in superficial things, such as their career, wealth, or favorite sports team. They may even try to find their identity in the brands of clothing they wear. But when you belong to Jesus, he gives you a whole new identity.
The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).
When you belong to Jesus, God adopts you into his family, the church. Unlike your physical family—in which people die, grow apart, move away, or divorce—your spiritual family is permanent and will last for all eternity in heaven. Ephesians 2:19 says, “You are citizens with everyone else who belongs to the family of God” (CEV).
You are supported by others. Like the strong structure of a building, we hold each other up. Without the stable support system of a church, you may find yourself collapsing at some point in your life. You weren’t meant to do it all on your own. You need physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental support.
The Bible says, “In [Christ] the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22 NIV).
Years ago, I began putting LEGO sets together with my grandkids. You know what I discovered? Each LEGO brick has no purpose on its own unless it’s connected to others. Disconnected, they’re just a pile of plastic. But when you connect them, you can build just about anything you can imagine.
Romans 1:12 says, “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours” (NLT). That’s why we belong to the church—so God’s people can say together, “Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”
Talk It Over
- Where—other than in Jesus—are you sometimes tempted to place your identity?
- How does your spiritual family encourage you to embrace your true identity in Christ?
- Describe a time you were disconnected from the church and didn’t have any support. What circumstance brought you back to a church family? If you’ve never been disconnected from the church, how has your church supported you through a hard time?
John MacArthur Responds to First Church Orlando Pastor's Comments on the Diversity within the Church
Rick Warren (February-16-2023) Daily Devotional: The Church Isn’t Perfect; Love It Anyway
“Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love." - Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
Unity in any area of your life—in your small group, church, or family—requires you to be realistic in your expectations.
Many people bring unrealistic expectations to church. To expect any church to always do everything right and to minister perfectly to everyone all the time is just fantasy.
A church can be healthy, but it will never be perfect. A group of imperfect people will never be able to create a perfect community.
Psalm 119:96 says, “Nothing is perfect except your words” (TLB).
Everything on this planet is broken—the weather, the economy, our bodies, our relationships, our minds. Nothing here works perfectly except God’s Word. To expect perfection in your church is to set yourself up for massive disappointment.
When people read books about the ideal church, they become cynical. Why? Because they’re hoping for something that doesn’t exist. When you discover what God intends real fellowship to be, it’s easy to get discouraged by the gap between the ideal and reality.
Jesus passionately loves his church, even with all its faults and failures—and he wants you to do the same. If you’re going to be Christlike, you must love the church in spite of its imperfections.
Longing for the ideal while criticizing the real is evidence of spiritual immaturity. On the other hand, settling for the real without striving for the ideal is complacency. Maturity is living with the tension of what you know the ideal could be and what reality is.
In parenting, you don’t wait for your kids to grow up before you start loving them; you love them at every stage of their maturity. In the same way, you need to learn to love people at every stage of their growth, and you need to learn to love the church as a whole in every stage of its growth.
Other believers will disappoint you, but that’s no reason to stop loving and fellowshipping with them. You’re going to live with them for eternity—so you should be practicing now how to love them more like Jesus.
“Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2 NLT).
Talk It Over
- When you are tempted to criticize your church, what should you do instead?
- Why is it important to have people mentoring and being mentored in the church?
- How can you get a realistic view of what church is supposed to be and what your role in it should be?
John & Lisa Bevere - Watch Conversation: Church, Life & Leadership with Craig Groeschel (pt 2)
On the last episode of Conversations with John and Lisa we started a conversation on church, life, & leadership with our friend Pastor Craig Groeschel. So many of you have reached out and told us how part one of this conversation has impacted you.
We’re so excited to bring you part two of the conversation this week!
In this episode, you’ll hear thoughts on raising godly children, building a marriage that thrives, and how to keep your family culture strong.
We’re so excited to dive into part two of this conversation with you! We hope this episode empowers you to live and lead well!
Derek Prince - Watch Sermon: The Beauty Of Diversity In The Church. A multiethnic church is where Bible teacher Derek Prince really liked to be. All the nations, every tribe and tongue is on God's heart. They all need to be reached with the message of the Gospel.
Rick Warren (February-14-2023) Daily Devotional: How to Work for Unity in Your Church
“Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character.” - Romans 14:19 (PHILLIPS)
Do you want to become an agent of harmony and unity in your church? If so, the first step is this: Focus on what you have in common with other Christians, rather than your differences.
The Bible says, “Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character” (Romans 14:19 PHILLIPS).
When you concentrate, you focus and give something your full attention. You don’t casually concentrate; it’s intentional. As a Christian, you can choose to concentrate on commonalities—the things that create harmony and unity in the body of Christ.
What are the commonalities that you share with your brothers and sisters in God’s family? Ephesians 4:4-6 says that Christians share seven big things in common: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (NIV).
We’re one body. Jesus doesn’t have multiple bodies. He just has the church!
We have one Spirit. We all have been given the same Holy Spirit at salvation.
We share one hope. We share the hope of the second coming of Jesus. He didn’t stay dead. He was resurrected, went back to heaven, and promised to return.
We have one Lord. We don’t worship multiple gods.
We have one faith. Our faith is contained in one book, the Bible.
We have one baptism. We don’t have to be re-baptized every time we sin.
We have one God. He knows all things, sees all things, and is with us at all times.
As members of God’s family, we also share the same salvation, the same forgiveness, the same grace, the same mercy, and the same future. These factors are far more important than your gender or race, your shape or size, your economic status, your background, your sins, or anything else.
Even while you focus on those seven big things in Ephesians, don’t forget that God didn’t just give you things in common with the other people in your church. He also made your differences.
God chose to give people different personalities and equipped each person with different gifts. You can unite around the foundation of the Gospel, while you also value and learn from all the ways God made you unique.
Don’t just get along with the people in your church. Work toward true harmony and unity as you remember the hope you share.
Talk It Over
- How does today’s culture work against unity in the church?
- In what ways can you celebrate differences in your church while still focusing on the core things you have in common?
- Why is it encouraging that every Christian has the Holy Spirit inside them?