Archive for January, 2010
I helped out with a funeral today for some friends of a family in our church. Though I’m a relatively young man, I have had many opportunities to participate in funerals. It may surprise you to know that I consider those experiences a blessing.
At every funeral, this verse comes to mind:
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)
Indeed, every time you see a lifeless body, hear the cries of loved ones left behind, and hear memories and stories of a vapor-like life, it makes you stop and think.
Someday you and I will die. That is the “end of all mankind.” Will you take it to heart?
Are you doing something today to make sure your life counts?
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Steve Timmis, co-author of Total Church and Western Europe Acts 29 Director, recently posted a series of tweets on laying down your life for Jesus his thoughts are worth sharing. These are in the order that he wrote them.
- How can I be sure I would lay down my life for sake of Jesus & the gospel? Perhaps I’ll be like Peter in his bravado and subsequent denial?
- Can’t ultimately be sure until I’m called on to do so. But there are indicators in what I am reluctant to give up…
- If I’m not prepared to give up my bed to go and serve someone, I can be fairly confident I won’t give up my life…
- If I refuse to give up a holiday abroad so I can support someone in gospel ministry, I can be fairly confident I won’t give up my life…
- If I’m not willing to pursue people who are different from me in order to bless them, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life…
- If I’m not prepared to miss out on promotion so I can stay & help plant churches, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life…
- If I’m not prepared to jeopardise a friendship so that I can tell others about Christ, I can be fairly certain I won’t give up my life.
- “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus Christ
Which of these stand out the most to you?
HT: Acts29 Blog
Matthew preached a great sermon yesterday on the importance of living in biblical community. It brought to mind this resource from fellow Acts29 pastor Brian Howard of Copperhill Church. These questions are challenging, but helpful as you seek to evaluate the quality of your relationships.
1. Who in your life knows the sin that you struggle with? (James 5:16)
2. Who do you meet with regularly to pray? (Matt 18:19-20)
3. With whom are you living a life of love in front of unbelievers? (John 13, 17)
4. Who has corrected you in some area of your life recently? (1 Tim 5:20)
5. Who have you corrected recently? (1 Tim 5:20)
6. Who are you currently discipling and teaching with Scripture? (2 Tim 2:2)
7. Who do you meet with regularly to discuss what you are learning in the Bible?
8. Who will be by your hospital bed to pray for you and encourage you?
9. Who will fight to keep you from straying from the faith?
10. Who do you serve by using the gifts that God has given you?
11. Who are you partnering with to reach non-Christians that you know?
12. Who do you meet with when your marriage is in trouble?
13. Who is regularly praying for your marriage?
14. Who are you encouraging daily? (Heb 3:12-13)
15. Who have you recently counseled with the word of God?
#11 is the toughest for me right now. Which of these are most challenging for you? Which of these are the most encouraging?