3 John is one of the short and often overlooked books. But it tells us a lot about our interactions with brothers and sisters beyond the local congregation. We find some models of love, truth, and support of those beyond “the locals.” And we also find an example of a dangerous mindset - that of Diotrephes.
1 Corinthians 3 raises some challenging questions about our Kingdom Work and its durability. So what does this work encompass? How will that work be tested? And what does that testing mean about our own salvation? We explore.
It’s so easy to fall into a church culture of comparison when it comes to spiritual gifts. We examine an account from Israel’s time in the wilderness which anticipates some of the issues at work many years later in Corinth.
Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?
Some limitations are legitimate. Others may be comfort zone issues. But accepting genuine limitations is part of life. They are not intended to make us feel inferior to others or inadequate for making a difference in God's Kingdom. We look at some biblical examples of those who made a tremendous difference even while facing limitations.
In the last of our series on Spiritual Gifts from Romans 12, we explore the Gift of Mercy (or Compassion) through the story of the Good Samaritan and some remarkable examples from history.
We compare and contrast the worldly models of leadership with the principles we learn from Jesus Himself
Exhortation covers a wide range of activities in the New Testament. We explore this gift that captures how to love your neighbor through the words you can offer.
Why the gift of teaching is essential on multiple levels to church growth the development of the other spiritual gifts
The ability to love God with all your strength and your neighbor as yourself......through how you serve