Thursday, March 20, 2014

Living the Gospel Together: The Message of the Church

1 Timothy 1:1-20                  March 16, 2014               Link for audio/video/manuscript

Times of testing reveal the depth of our spiritual roots. The strong winds of life expose if we are like a tumbleweed or like an oak tree. One main root of a true spiritual oak of the church is the deep and strong root of accurate beliefs in the Word of God. Acute and accurate understanding and beliefs about God, about Jesus, about the Holy Spirit, about the church, about our world, and about ourselves are essential to putting down deep spiritual roots. If we have inaccurate understanding beliefs we will live out our lives like tumbleweeds. Preaching and teaching God’s Word is the most important aspect of the ministry of the church; it is the source, the heart, the root of everything else that happens in the church. The central task of leadership in any church is to see that the preaching/teaching of the church is in line with the apostolic revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church should be living the gospel together. That’s our message.