How should I dress for Church?

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Is the Church required to obey the Old Testament?

Are believer today required to obey the Old Testament? How does the coming of Jesus change the way we relate to Old Testament Law?


Sermon-Title-master-teacherHow does the coming of Jesus relate to Old Testament Law?

We will not understand how Christians should apply the Old Testament without a close look at Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:17-20

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you…

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Delight in honoring each other

It would have a powerful transforming influence on our families, churches and communities if we devoted ourselves to live by these words. images-711.jpegvia Take delight in honoring each other

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The heart of our problem

Political and cultural changes cannot adequately address our deepest needs. There is clearly an important place for these concerns, but a wider focus is needed if we hope to get to the heart of our problems.


Over the last several decades, the Church has displayed an encouraging interest in culture and politics.

Older attitudes of extreme separation are disappearing. While there are risks in this, I am grateful for the renewed desire to seek the welfare of the cities of our exile on earth.

We needed renewed reflection on our calling to apply spiritual concerns to cultural and political realities. Lately, however, I’ve sensed a de-emphasis on the priority of the spiritual dimension. One example is how little we hear about spiritual revival.

Perhaps it’s easier to talk about political concerns than to call people to see their need for the gospel. Or, possibly our many social problems tempt us to be horizontal in our solutions. It’s part of true faith to be concerned about temporal and physical solutions and to promote human flourishing in the here and now (James 2:14-17).

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4 essentials of faithfulness

Faithfulness in hostile times rests on four deeply held beliefs about God.


Here’s a great lesson from faithful servants who stood the test!

It’s the response of Daniel’s three friends to the demands and threat from the King of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar). Four core commitments guided these servants of God.  

Faithfulness in hostile times rests on these deeply held commitments about God. 

“…if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not…

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You don’t come to the garden alone

The Lord’s prayer and a misleading old hymn…

  • “It is very significant that in the Lord’s Prayer the words I, me, and mine never occur; it is true to say that Jesus came to take these words out of life and to put in their place we, us, and ours. God is not any man’s exclusive possession” (William Barclay).

Misleading hymn

  • “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; And the voice I hear, falling on my ear; the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

Not only have others known the joy, but it is a joy that’s meant to be experienced in fellowship with others. And we miss “the fullness of joy” when we isolate ourselves and try to individualize spiritual matters.

I am not trying to take away the personal nature of our relationship with God. I am simply reminding us that God does not view His people as isolated or even loosely connected individuals.

God’s plan is for His people to be meaningfully related in local churches with all the messiness and challenges that come with growing relationships.

We suffer in the West from an overemphasized individualism. The community relationship of God’s people is the emphasis of the New Testament, not my personal and individual relationship with God.

Steve Cornell

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Five kinds of people in the Church

be-the-church--blue_2265_1024x768We are told not to cause the group identified under #2 to stumble. We limit our liberty for them. As for those in group # 1, we are told to “leave them alone” or “Ignore them” (Matthew 15:12-14). Too often churches are trying not to offend group #1 and allowing them to set the agenda for the Church. See Five kinds of people in the Church

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