Skip to content

Why Community is Important

October 15, 2013

Because we are created by a God who exists in community! While we are stuck in a perpetual tension over the mystery of the Trinity, we know that God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Spirit. We also know that each one has a respective role in the process of salvation and in the progress of God’s plans for the universe.

Each member of the Trinity supplies life to the others, they are inseparable, yet individual and therein lies the tension. Yet, there are two takeaways (probably more) we can learn from this tension.

1. We are created for the same kind of relationship with others. (Genesis 1:26)
2. Much like each Person of the Trinity has a role in salvation, our relationships are intended to spread the message of the Gospel. (John 13:35)

It’s hard to build these kind of relationships, they don’t happen overnight and they certainly don’t happen under the weight of our “crazy busy” culture. God has designed us to “supply life” to each other, that life comes in the form of accountability, encouragement, love, respect and the like.

If you have never experienced this kind of relationship with someone it’s because you are too busy to build one! Get started, take the initiative, chances are the person you are sitting next to at church or your Bible study, or your Community Group is desiring the same kind of relationship he/she was designed to enjoy! It starts with lunch, coffee or dinner and ends up glorifying God by producing fruit. (Galatians 6:9)

Lead with Love,

Dave

The Problem with Prophecy

October 8, 2013

I am taking my Community Group through some topics on prophecy in the Scriptures. It’s a huge topic and one I probably don’t spend enough time studying.

The one thing I think we need to remember as followers of Christ is we aren’t supposed to breed fear. “The sky is falling” is not an adequate application of Scripture. Rather than crying “The sky is falling”, try sharing the good news of Jesus with people, there’s real hope in that message!

Lead with Love,
Dave

Old Habits

August 27, 2013

We’ve all heard the term “old habits die hard” along with the saying “We are creatures of habit”. These statements usually try to excuse something that someone knows they shouldn’t do, yet there is no present drive, motivation or desire to stop.

As I think about the habits that are formed in my life I am hard pressed by the verse Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Are my habits reaping good or bad?

Sent Through Jesus Christ

August 5, 2013

“Paul, an apostle–not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead. And all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:” (Galatians 1:1-2, ESV)

Paul starts this passage talking of being sent, not by man, but by God.  The word that the ESV translates “Through” is used in what I believe to be an instrumental sense.  Paul believed he was sent by God.  While God gives the increase, I believe what made Paul persevere in all his trials was his faith that he was instrumentally being used by God.

Do you feel like you are being used by God, or do you feel that your efforts are vanity?  There are hills and valleys in any service for God, but if you have never experienced a hill maybe you are pouring your time and energy into something that doesn’t have any eternal reward, maybe you are sent “through man” or “by man” as Paul states.  Then again maybe you have never experienced a valley and the reason is you aren’t close enough to the pit of hell to feel the heat.  Maybe you’ve never led someone to Jesus, or it’s been a while since you planted any seeds of the Gospel.  A prayerful and careful examination of your experience and comparing it with what Scripture says will help you determine the answer.  Try verses like 2 Timothy 3:12; or Philippians 1:3-5 to test your ministry experience.

You can be used by God, there are plenty of opportunities in your church and community, lift up your eyes, Jesus said the harvest is ready, it always has been and until He returns, it always will be!

-Pastor Dave

The Empty Chair

July 9, 2013

No, I am not talking about Clint Eastwood’s speech at last year’s RNC.  I am talking about culture change!

Changing the culture of your group to include newcomers is often difficult but there are things you can do to help turn the ship around. One of the things I have tried before (not new with me) and my group has modified from time to time is the “empty chair” visual.

ImageThe idea is you take an empty chair and place the chair somewhere in your “circle” while you are participating in the study. Let your group know that this chair represents someone who needs to come to this group, someone in their sphere of influence. Reminding the group that this is not a “closed” group, rather an inviting place.

My group has modified this to writing names of people who they could invite and putting those names on a chair, one time another group member led and he had the group exchange cards and we prayed for each others name.

Steering the ship is a lot of work and takes the whole crew to turn it safely. Always be clear with the expectations!

David

A Small Day

June 30, 2013

At midnight last night as I was laying in my bed after a day with back to back events. I reminded my wife of former days when my oldest son would say, “Dad, this was a small day.” He coined that phrase after hearing my wife and I say “tomorrow’s going to be a big day, lots to do.” So on the days that there wasn’t much to do he would remind us that it was a ‘small day.’

We need more “small days” in our culture. With all the time saving wasters that technology and progress have birthed us, we always seem to have less time to do more stuff. The relationships in our culture are suffering because we don’t have time time to put into them. And it’s not just our friendships suffering, it’s relationships inside the home that are suffering because we run marathons until bedtime and then slump into bed without interacting in any meaningful way as a family. We constantly continue to program quality family time into our lives to make up for poor use of time and we forget that quality time flows from quantity of time.

Having a ‘small day’ in this culture might mean not doing something or saying ‘no’ to something good to say ‘yes’ to something better. Give it a try and I think you will find big rewards.

Patience

June 6, 2013

Patient.  That is what many of you have been.  I have been asked not a few times why I stopped writing for several months.  I moved my family from one location to another and I took a rest from my “extra” activities while we got settled into a new community.  

Rest is necessary, yet frowned on in our culture.  Progress is our culture’s lord and master.  We drive our kids crazy with extracurricular activities, dragging them from one place to another every single day then plopping them in bed at night with no time to just be a family.  We all see the problems with it, but it seems as if no one is bold enough to stand up to it.  Curious as to what you think about it, let me know.  

Any topics you want to see, just drop me a line.  

David

%d bloggers like this: