Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christianity Is Not Just Me and Jesus

In the following video, Banning Liebscher, founder of the Jesus Culture ministry, shares the reason why Christianity cannot just be you and Jesus. Liebscher argues it must be walked out in community.

“Christianity was made to work in the context of community,” he explains. He then points our attention to 1 Peter 5:5:

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5)

We can think of the need to be in community like the need for a motorized boat to be in water before you turn the engine on, Liebscher offers. Outside of water, the boat will not only fail to move, but the engine will overheat because it uses the water as a cooling mechanism. In the same way, Christians need one another in community to get where they’re supposed to go and also to function properly.

“It’s in community that I begin to clothe myself with humility, and God begins to release grace in my life,” Liebscher says.

There are no ministry activities this evening at First Wesleyan Church due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  If you are thinking of being absent from church this coming Sunday - let me remind you it is the first Sunday of Advent.  The Christmas Season is upon us. 

Being a part of a small group - being part of a church family is so vitally important to your spiritual growth.  As you watch the video - think about these questions you should consider" 

– What happens when you try to live outside of community?

– How has pride kept you from reaching out for help or allowing you to be accountable?

– What do we gain by subjecting ourselves to others in a community setting?

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