Message Title: Growing Deeper Together
Passage: Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV) [Notice the three “let us” commands in this passage, and more specifically we’ll focus on the last command for today’s challenge…]
A Call to Persevere in Faith
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
At about the 4:49:45 to the 4:50:15 mark (in the link below), Pastor Sol at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa points out that “53 times the Apostle Paul refers to the Christian faith, and he says, ‘Our Lord.’ And only one time he says ‘my Lord.’ Which tells us something about how he intends for us to walk with our Lord. It’s a together thing…it’s a team sport, this is a community…[and we need community in order] to walk well with Christ.” https://cornerstonelife.com/live/
What’s your community? Are you in one?
Here’s one practical way in which you can grow deeper together with other believers…
Pastor Mark Vance reminds us at the 4:32:45 to the 4:33:33 mark, that “membership at a church is a lot different than a membership at a country club. Because membership at a country club is just trying to be ritzy so people think you’re a big deal. Membership at a church is different. Because when we say membership, we don’t mean like buying into something [(money-wise / flaunting our money)], membership in a church is based on the teaching of the scripture where it says that when we are in Christ we are members of one another because we are part of His body. Membership means inter-connected. It’s what it means to say I don’t just go to this Church, this is my church, I’m invested in it. I want to be faithful to see this church and the people in it and its ministry of the gospel grow and go forward.” https://cornerstonelife.com/live/
What steps are you taking in order to grow deeper together with other believers so you can grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as well (2 Peter 3:18)?
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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