Here are some quotes from the week:
“People come to know God as we get to know them.”
“The only way to tell the difference between the church and the world is where we park our cars on Sunday. We have been captured by an American, materialistic society.”
“Your goal, once you’re saved, is the health and growth of the Body of Christ plus nothing!”
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:7(NIV)
“You were not saved to sit, soak, and sour until the second coming.”
“You were saved to serve.”
“Baptists are known to keep score by buildings, baptisms, and budgets. We should keep score by the number of mature, reproducing believers we leave in our wake.”
“More American Christians are affected by the Declaration of Independence than are changed by the radical New Testament message.”
“What happened to Jesus (on the Cross) was the ordained will of God.”
This man (Jesus) was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
“What happened to Jesus is what‘s meant to happen to you.”
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.
“There is no theological definition of the church unrelated to your immediate, self-less, availability to the will of God to reach the world for Christ.”
To be honest, I do not know what to say. As I reflect on the above statements and scripture, I come under such conviction that I want to crawl under a rock and hide. I am overwhelmed by the gap between the reality of my life and the purposes for my life in Christ. We must put into practice authentic New Testament lifestyle choices and commitment if God is to have an impact on our community through us. Please pray for God’s church at Crossroads, which includes both you and me, to embrace these truths as God has revealed them to us.