If you could change one thing in your life and you knew it would work and knew it would be the right thing, what would it be?
Everybody has something they want to change, something they wish were different.
It isn’t that we can’t think of something. Our problem even isn’t a problem of desire to change.
The problem for many people is that they change the wrong thing.
Sunday we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of Galatians called Change. We will be looking at Galatians 1:1 – 5 if you want to read ahead and looking at how Jesus rescues us. But to rescue us, we need to know what exactly he is rescuing us from. This is where many people run into problems: they aren’t sure they are a sinner, they aren’t sure what they would change, they aren’t sure what is broken in their life.
Here are a couple of things happening I want you to know about:
Paul is teaching a new song this week called Grace so Glorious. This a powerful song that fits perfectly with our theme on Sunday and this series. Listen to it here and be ready to sing this powerful song.
The Stations of the Cross is on Good Friday, April 18th from 6 – 7:30pm. This is a powerful night of considering the cross and what Jesus did in our place.
We are having a baptism on Easter Sunday. If you have not taken this important step and would like to, or if you have questions about it, you can go here.
As I’ve been preaching through the gospel of John at Revolution Church this year, I am blown away by the conversations Jesus has with people. There is a difference in the way Jesus talked to them, his expectations for people outside of Christianity compared with today.
It always strikes me as interesting when Christians talk about the culture, politics, current issues and are surprised when people who don’t follow Jesus act like they don’t follow Jesus.
Why are we surprised?
If Christians believe that the gospel changes us (which we do), then we should expect someone who has been changed by that truth to live and act a certain way. The New Testament writers did. That’s what all the NT letters are about, how to live and act as the body of Christ. Paul did it one way in 1 Corinthians, a different way in Philippians and James and Peter added their own takes to it.
Here are a couple ideas on how to interact with this culture in light of this:
If you are a follower of Jesus, live like it. One of the best ways to move the gospel forward is to live like the gospel has changed you. Too many people who attend church every week do not live, think, feel any different from those who claim to not follow Jesus. As I said this past week in a sermon, a follower of Jesus should be obvious because they will have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22 – 23).
Give space for those exploring Jesus to explore. Your church, community group, missional community should be a place where those who don’t know Jesus feel comfortable asking questions and exploring Jesus. You should be the kind of person those who don’t know Jesus feel comfortable being around. Too many Christians don’t know how to be friends with people who don’t know Jesus, let alone share their faith with them. Be a good friend. Be someone who can be counted on, trusted, respected. This goes a long way in sharing the gospel.
Have a community/life that is attractive to those who don’t know Jesus. Same thing as above. If you are a pastor, how many people who don’t know Jesus do you see coming through your doors each week? How many people are getting baptized? Following Jesus? If the answer is low, you do not have an attractive community for the gospel.
Lovingly confront sin. If you are around humans, you will need to learn how to lovingly confront sin, the NT calls us to this. Over and over, community is to pull people aside and confront the sin in their lives with the truth of the gospel. Christians are good at shouting about the truth, but terrible at doing this in a loving way. Don’t be passive aggressive. Remember how broken you are when confronting someone. And confront someone the way you would want to be confronted.
Lovingly confront Christians who are unloving to those who don’t know Jesus. When you hear Christians point their fingers, turn their noses up, or expect not yet Christians in your church to act like Christians, lovingly confront them. Tell them how great it is that someone felt comfortable to put their cigarette out in the parking lot, at least they are there. Roll the red carpet out for not yet Christians by teaching Christians to love.