When I first became a Christian, the church I attended was very truth oriented. The truth was a tool or a weapon to win an argument. As a result- in the early days of sharing my faith my dad (who was not a Christian at the time) gave me some great advise. He watched me arguing my faith with a family member and he pulled me aside and said- “Son I believe you really believe what you are saying, but the way you attack people with the Bible is not effective. Maybe you need to adjust your tone and approach.” He went on to explain his position- and he was right. Each week in our “God, I have a Question” series- we have attempted to address the questions we all have about some important life issues. Our purpose is answering these questions has been two-fold (1) to give you strong reasons to believe and (2) give you tools to start a conversation – not win an argument. I mentioned this Sunday that the Truth of scripture is a scalpel- it can be used to wound or heal. My hope is that I preach the truth the Holy Spirit will use it to bring hope and freedom to your walk with Christ. Listen again to what Jesus said:
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
This next Sunday we start a new series: “Snapshots- The Apostle Peter”. During this series we will unpack some significant game changing moments in the life of Peter. Peter’s life and faith can look like a roller-coaster at Busch Gardens. He has some amazing highs and devastating lows. I want you to take the journey with us thorough the New Testament as we look at the key moments in the Apostle Peter’s life.
We will also be sharing in the Lord’s Supper this next Sunday as well. Plan to bring a friend!