When I first read Hebrews 13 and the notes from a study I had (you can look up The Summit Church or J.D. Greear for his study of Hebrews; the bullet points below summarize part of this study), it seemed this was about worship. It is. But it is also about the character of the church. Or, perhaps part of worship is the character of the church. To start with, what is the church? It is not a building and not where you “go to” to fulfill your duty as a Christian, though that is an important part of your spiritual life. That is a time to fellowship with other believers and worship God, but our act of worship should be non-stop throughout our week and our life. That is a study in itself, but not for this post. What the church is, though is you and me. It is Christ’s bride. It is the body of believers. It is those who follow Him. Continue reading “Character of the Church”
With the new president in place and all the protests and violence that occurred yesterday during the inauguration, I thought it was important that we all pray for our new president and all the leaders in this country. We need to pray that they will have wisdom and make decisions that are best for this country. Pray for safety, pray for salvation. Pray that they would have an open mind to listen to their advisors and to the people to strengthen our country. Pray for the people in this country that they would turn back to God and make the choices that glorify Him. Pray for the church of this country that we would show love to all, that we would share the truth in love without compromise. That we would live in a way that honors our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time