"It doesn't do any good to be stricter than God!"
Our study through Romans has brought us to a famous section in chapters 14-15 on how to deal with disagreements between Christians. Some Christians understand that they are free in Christ to do all sorts of things. Some feel bound by their conscience to restrict themselves. This makes for clashes.
For those who want to dive deeper into this issue, the Pastoral Team recommends the book Conscience: What It Is, How To Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ. This book will help you understand what your conscience is, why God has given it to you, and how to relate to other Christians whose consciences are different than yours.
Below is a sampling of some of the best quotes from the book:
"A church that thinks it has gotten beyond last generation’s debates over music and wine will find that this generation’s debates over recycling and child discipline are just as divisive."
"The conscience is your consciousness of what you believe is right and wrong."
"Only the cross can fill that ever-widening gap between your consciousness of what you ought to be and your actual obedience."
"Feeding excuses to your conscience is like feeding sleeping pills to a watchdog."
"A regular diet of Scripture will strengthen a weak conscience or restrain an overactive one."
Our small group ministry isn't just one option among many ministries of the church, this is THE ministry.
Our big meetings are our Sunday services. Our small meetings are our small groups. This is where we get to pursue one another and grow in our understanding of the gospel and how it applies to our lives. Without small groups, we wouldn't be able to love one another because we wouldn't know one another.
OUR SMALL GROUP LEADERS MEET 4 TIMES EACH YEAR
They are meeting this Friday and appreciate your prayers for God to use them and equip them as they lead.
"Christianity means community in and through Jesus Christ."
Community Is Not A Buzzword
Christians need one another. There's no way around it. God intends to use other Christians as a primary source of comfort, guidance, friendship, and growth. Community isn't just a buzzword for us.
A Concrete Expression of Community
Small Groups are our concrete expression of community. It's where we focus our attention on the "one anothers" of Christianity. It's where we go to be helped in our Christian walk and where we go to help others. It's not the only way to do it. But it is our way.
If you are already a part of a small group, praise God! But if not, we want to extend an invitation. Come and pursue godly growth with us. Head here and fill out the form. We'll be in touch ASAP.
No Lone Ranger Christians
The Christian life is a life in community. We experience fellowship with God and with God's people. His primary strategy for our growth involves the input, care, and counsel of other Christians.
At our church, small groups are the place where we make sure this happens. Join us in experiencing the beauty of Christian community by getting involved in a small group.
We Follow Jesus in All of Life
Tonight our 2018 Money Management class begins. 8 sessions devoted to better stewarding the resources God provides.
Pray that God would grow them in both wisdom and generosity.
The deadline to register for our 2018 Money Management class is this Sunday January 7th. There's no need to delay, you can register online right now.
The class is 8 sessions on Tuesday evenings. Materials cost $25.
Become a better steward of the resources God has given you.
Tonight your small group leaders gather for fellowship, encouragement, and training. They love Jesus and they love you. They are eager to serve you and see you grow.
Join us in praying for them as they meet tonight.
Pray that God would fill them "with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy" (Colossians 1:9-11).