The NT teaching that Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God is seldom well received and will often be costly to the messenger. Nevertheless, God is always faithful and will strengthen those true to the gospel.
The experience and exercise of God’s power among God’s people not only solves problems and meets needs within the church, but also connects us with God more intimately and demonstrates his power through the gospel.
Those who identify with Jesus and nurture obedience to God can live in joy even when facing difficulty.
Following Jesus carries costs associated with reputation and relationships, but the Holy Spirit is ready to transform and empower us when we’re willing to live and speak the gospel.
A church empowered by the Holy Spirit can inspire respect, but it is even more noticeable when it serves its community and transforms the lives of real people by effectively communicating God’s good news.
God judges his people, but his judgment comes to removes dead faith, extend mercy to his people, and bring life.
A healthy church consists of servants defined by a unified desire for God’s kingdom. These servants are responsible in the relationships God gives them and are successful in their mission because they experience the gospel of Jesus Christ even as they testify to his resurrection.
God works in both prosperity and pain, and he generously provides us with the resources and strength we need to serve him well when we simply pray and ask.
Time with God provides credibility to our testimony of God’s love for people and the extraordinary ways in which he changes broken people and adds them to his family.
Understating our problem doesn’t solve it. But acknowledging our brokenness, repenting, and responding to God’s generous offer of mercy and grace brings redemption and new life. And by extension, God invites us to join him in extending that mercy to others through good works and testimonies of his grace.
Experience of the gospel in our own lives enables us to see brokenness that we never noticed before. But the gospel doesn’t just open our eyes. Faith in Jesus should pour out of us in such a way that people can experience the extravagance of Christ through us.
Baptism as a public demonstration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ is the initial indication that a person has heard, understood, and responded to the gospel. But this “fruit of repentance” continues in good works and by just “showing up” and growing in fellowship.
Anticipated by King David long ago, the resurrection changed everything for Peter and the other disciples. The message of warning and promise remains the same today for everyone who hears the gospel.
God’s new community is open to all without discrimination. He provides people with power and purpose by means of his triumph over death and his claim to life in the resurrection.
When God resides within us and has established his kingdom in us, His Spirit enables us to break down relational boundaries and declare with confidence the magnificence of Jesus.
People ready to BE a church are unified in prayer and allegiance to Jesus, directed by faithful preaching of God’s Word, and obedient to God’s commands.
Being the church means recognizing our identity as God’s people, committing to his mission, and depending on his power to engage the world with him.