Are you excited?

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

What is it that excites you so much that you would encourage and invite someone else to attend or try what excites you?  I have heard of people who were so excited about their hairstylist that they encouraged others to try her/him.  Some are so excited about a certain school teacher that they talk them up to other parents.  You don’t have to be on Facebook long before you hear what someone is excited about – and liking this or that and encouraging you to do the same.

Are we excited about Jesus?  I mean are excited – by grace – to be a redeemed child of God?  Do we invite people to give Jesus a try?  Are we willing to be ridiculed because of how excited we are about Jesus?  Or do we keep our excitement for Jesus quite – while letting the world know what football team we support?

Are we excited about our local church?  (If not, we need to help make it a church that we would be excited to invite people to attend.)  Are we drawn into a deeper relationship with Jesus through our involvement in our local church?  (If not, what are we doing to change this and help our church body be more like Christ desires?)

The Scripture says; Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. How much clearer can God make it?  We are called to meet together – to collect in one place and worship God.  We are not to stay home – as some are in the habit of doing – but we are to encourage them to come out and join us.  And all the more as we see the last days approaching. (And folks – we are getting closer to the last days.)

Are you excited about Jesus?  Are you excited about your local church?  If not, why not?  If so, you gotta tell somebody – invite them to get to know Jesus and to join your local congregation!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

10 Things That Demonstrate the World You Grew Up in No Longer Exists

http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/299144-demonstrate-world-grew-no-longer-exists-carey-nieuwhof-culture.html

7 reasons worshipers need the church

 

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Recently I heard someone say that they love to worship, but they don’t love the church. They don’t see why a worshiper needs the church at all. After all, can’t we just worship as individuals? Here is my response:  

While it is true that everything a redeemed person does should be done with both an attitude of worship and with the goal of glorifying God, there remains a special and specific role for the gatherings of the local church.

For example, Paul tells Felix that while he used to worship by “going to Jerusalem,” now he worships “according to the Way, which some call a sect” (Acts 24:11, 17).  In other words, Paul’s worship was in his heart, but in tune with the worship of other Christians.

Read more: http://thecripplegate.com/7-reasons-worshipers-need-the-church/

Can You Be Committed to Both God’s Word and the Spirit’s Gifts?

~ Jeremy Bouma

Pastor and author Sam Storms has been laboring and praying for what many have said is an elusive dream. What is he searching for?

a local church in the twenty-first century that is committed to the centrality and functional authority of the Bible and to the effective, Christ-exalting operation of all spiritual gifts. (13)

While such a church may seem elusive, Storm believes it’s possible. In his new book Practicing the Power, Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that they remain grounded in God’s Word. He shows us that, yes, you can be committed to both the authority of God’s Word and the availability of the Spirit’s gifts.

And yet, some say otherwise.

There is more: http://zondervanacademic.com/blog/can-you-be-committed-to-both-gods-word-and-the-spirits-gifts/

3 Solid Reasons Why You Should Go to Church

http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/248525-3-solid-reasons-go-church.html

Francis Chan—Rethinking Church

Chan’s ideas are challenging – and not for everyone, but worth listening to

http://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/266307-francis-chan-rethinking-church.html

What is Wrong with the Church? It’s You, You’re What’s Wrong!

https://notforitchingears.com/2017/02/08/what-is-wrong-with-the-church-its-you-youre-whats-wrong/