You are Part of a Team

“For each will have to bear his own load.” – Galatians 6:5 Henry Ford first used the assembly line to build cars in 1913. His method reduced a car’s build time from twelve hours to two and a half hours. The assembly line made production efficient and made car ownership a reality for many people. The system worked well, but there was one great stipulation. Everyone had to do their own part. Teams work well only when each person shows up and helps bear the load.   This is the point … [Read more...]

First Steps

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28 Let’s face it, we live in an age where many people do not really know what church membership is. The message is often conveyed that joining a local church requires almost zero commitment. “Do you want to get to know people better? Do you want to feel like part of a community? Would you like to hear from the Bible every now and then? Join a church.” … [Read more...]

Patriotism

“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” – Hebrews 11:16 Take a few seconds and read the above verse from Hebrews again. This may be a difficult passage to grasp on a week in which we celebrate the birth of our beloved United States. It can be downright countercultural to suggest there might be a better country than the U.S., even when that better country … [Read more...]

Gospel First

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” – 1 Corinthians 15:3 I attended the Southern Baptist Convention this week. J.D. Greear (president of the SBC) reminded us all Tuesday of what the Apostle Paul taught so urgently in his letter to the Corinthians — the gospel message is of first importance to the church. This is not the only important message, but it is the most important … [Read more...]

Graduation

“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” – John 17:18 One of the great characteristics of the church universal is that we are a sent people. No man, woman, boy, or girl was ever saved by Christ to remain in the comfort of their ordinary life. We have all been sent, set out on a mission, not for career, nor fortune, nor family, but to expand the boundaries of God’s glory throughout all of creation. We are to bear witness of His goodness to the ends of the … [Read more...]