The start of a new year is a good time to ask ourselves why we do what we do. In today’s world we find many people who believe in Jesus but are disenchanted with church. Phillip Yancey, a well-known Christian author who found himself in this situation, wrote a book entitled “Church: Why Bother?” As a result of writing the book, Yancey is now actively involved in church life again. For the next two Sundays, we will look at the following questions: Church: why do we bother? and 'Church: why do I bother?'
Matthew 16:18 (NIV2011) "18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
Before Christ, the nation of Israel was the people of God. Christ set up the church as the people of God, not based on race but on belief. Every believer is a part of the church. The church is:
• A family v18, John 1:12-13
• A movement v19, Matthew 28:18-20
Our need to belong and to make a difference is found in the church. How important is the church to you?
“There are two things we cannot do alone. One is to be married and the other is to be a Christian.” Paul Tournier
Ephesians 3:14-19 "14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
A family is so important. How do you change when two families 'mesh' for whatever reason? How does your character change or develop? Does your family's heritage affect your character? Where do you get the information for how you are supposed to 'be'? What sort of character ought you be? What's our responsibility for our character development? What's God want from me?
John 10- 10 "10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
It all begins and ends with a relationship. A relationship with God. The book "Wired for a life of worship" by…
The Naringal Baptist Church Time Capsule has been ‘interred’ today the 1st of January 2017. A fitting day as we enter the New Year.
Contained in the Time Capsule are an array of memorabilia and documents that represent the current and past church at Naringal.
• A letter…
Mark 10:46-52 "46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to…
Luke 2:8-20 "13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Jesus came from a place of peace (heaven) and brought heaven’s…