Gossiping the Gospel Everday

This week at Christ Community Church we are going to consider the joyful work of sharing our faith with others. Evangelism is something that has been central to the life of the church ever since the beginning, and the only way the church continues to thrive is through gospel proclamation – the telling of the good news of all that God has done for sinful men and women in Jesus Christ. But this work can often seem difficult and intimidating. So this week we want to take time to consider exactly what evangelism is, why we need to be radically committed to it, and how we can make it a priority in our everyday life. Someone once said, “We can’t help but constantly talk about what we love the most.” This quote helps me evaluate how deeply the gospel has impacted my life. What do I talk about most? Better yet, who do I talk about the most? We have a tendency to talk a lot about what we love, and usually love what we talk about. So lets come prepared this weekend to consider how we can learn to go about gossiping the gospel everyday. Look forward to seeing you Sunday!   Questions for Reflection… Why do you think evangelism is important to the life of the church? What keeps you from boldly sharing about the love of God toward you and others? How can we work together to be committed to the joyful work of evangelism? Share your thoughts below in the comment section. We would love to mutually encourage one another to...

Beholding. Reflecting. Proclaiming.

What do you crave? Is there something you desire that you don’t yet possess? If this longing was fulfilled, would you be completely satisfied? We were made with cravings, desires, and longings that need to be satisfied. All of our natural cravings—relationship, food, intimacy, air, and rest—are all daily reminders that we have needs, and we are unfulfilled—or worse, in grave danger—if they are not met. They also serve as witness to a greater desire. There is a craving so deep within our hearts that we will go to any lengths to satisfy and quench its internal growls. It is not merely an individual desire, but a longing felt by the whole cosmos. This great pining cannot be satisfied by any created means or measures; it must come from outside ourselves. The yearning is for glory: majesty, splendor, and weightiness. True glory is something otherworldly and heavenly. These cosmic pangs can only be quenched by delighting in the glory of God. Saint Augustine reflects on this great longing in his confessions. Thou awakes us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou modest us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless, until it rests in Thee. Beholding Glory Life is meant for glory, so it is imperative to fix our thoughts, affections, and sites on beholding the glory of God. We need not look very far to get a glimpse of glory. In his grace, God has not withheld his glory from us, but he has left evidences everywhere we look. All of creation testifies to the glory of God. In his wisdom, love, and mercy, God took on flesh and dwelt among us. The apostle...

Four Questions Answered with One Word

When the Lord called me to plant churches, I was overwhelmed with a great sense of helplessness. Four sincere questions erupted from the depths of my heart: Who am I? Where do I go? What do I say? When should I start? Then—through the study of the Bible—I encountered the basis for all ministry, especially the work of church planting in Matthew 28. Right there in the Great Commission was the overwhelming answer to my questions and the cure for my anxiety. The word all jumped off the pages, resonated in my heart, and strengthened my resolve and reliance on God’s Word and Spirit to accomplish his calling in my life. All is a pretty broad word; it means more than a little, or some. The dictionary defines it as, “being or representing the entire or total number, amount, or quantity.” Not much is left to be said when all the money is gone, or someone ate all the chocolate. The adjective all is broadly narrow. If someone has all that means someone else is left without. When all has been done, there’s nothing left to do. If we are told to tell all, it implies leaving nothing unsaid. Always doesn’t leave one nano-second unoccupied. All possesses, encompasses, focuses, and endures. Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the...