So much to cover & so little time. 1 Corinthians has been as if we were reading the history books of the American church – yet it was not us. Humans have a tendency to take what God has made and use it incorrectly. Today we take a quick blast through 1 Corinthians and hit some key points from our study the last few months.
Filtering by Category: How To Play Church
What motivates you? What makes you want to get up in the morning? What drives you to go out and experience all the day has for you? Sometimes we would answer that as “nothing”. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t motivated – it means we have different motivations. Today we talk about wrong motivators – we’re all motivated, it’s what motivates us that will change the world or have us withering into nothingness.
Driving something "like we stole it" implies recklessness, or lack of care. We STOP playing church when we realize that God has gifted is this life and we owe Him everything. The message from our God has always been to not worry about the this life – just use it to to HIS glory & the best of our ability. We need to drive it like HE stole it.
The phrase “drive it like you stole it” means we treat something like it’s not ours and we have no consequences for the damage or destruction it experiences. For humanity, and even more specific – Christianity, that’s opposite of what we’re called to do. We called to live our lives as if someone else of great importance owns them. We are called to “drive it like HE stole it”. That would mean we drive it like HE says and how HE designed it. When we follow the Manufacturers guidelines we get the most out of the product.
Have you ever started talking to someone then their eyes just glaze over? They haven’t heard a word you said and you said great stuff! It was important and powerful! Sometimes what is a blessing to me personally I think is ok to do all the time and I get consumed with myself and my benefts– but that’s not what God saved us unto. God saved us SO THAT we can be unifed with our family in humanity to HIS family in Spirit.
The original thing, the old school ways, are always called on to show how things REALLY should be done. If you want to know how to do something in it’s purest form, researching the original way is a great start. What about love? Is there a true form of love? Is there an original love?
Have you ever tried to imitate someone? You start out thinking about how they look, act, and respond to life. Then, you start to think, “what would they do?”. But being the same is not what God has called us to do. We are NOT all the same. We do NOT all have the same abilities to live life. But, we all need each other because our strengths work together to make a powerful hell-crushing movement that Christ said is unstoppable. Let’s do this – but frst, I need you to be different.
Think of the poorest place you can. Picture the hunger, starvation, desperation, and pain. Now, picture a buffet set in the middle of the throngs of people. But there’s something sick happening – the buffet is being eaten by extremely overweight people and the area is sealed off by glass walls. How could they?! How heartless! This picture is sadly one of the “church” in many places. We feast on truth or fun or ease while the souls of others around us starve and pass away.
Our creator has designed everything and His design is PERFECT. He put a power in place that give us protection, accountability, and empowerment to live life how He designed. What is this power called?
Our lives are full of options to find pleasure. There are so many good things out there that are legal and fun for us – but does that mean its still a God thing for us? Does it mean that just because I am ok with it – that’s the best for me and my life in the great commission? If God asked you to remove something in your life, what thing would you say no, maybe, or hesitate?
Standing in town looking at a far off mountain, it appears beautiful but not very daunting. Stand at the base of it and you may just get back in your car. Why? Because you’re so close to it you see the details of it’s size, strength, and struggles. But what about God? Does he still make you stop and think at how amazing and powerful He is? If not, maybe you’re just not close enough to Him and forget how amazing He really is.
Sometimes taking what we deserve misses the bigger point and goal of life. Our job isn’t to be standing in line to get our rights met but to be on our face before God doing all He’s asked of us. Today we study when rights are wrong...
“It’s my right! I’ll do what I want to!” We all understand those statements, we have even said them. But what does that really cost? Are we willing to lose a friend over them? Are we willing to taint the gospel because of them? We wouldn’t say yes but we do with our actions. This isn’t new and today we study in 1 Corinthians how the rights of some were putting the souls of others in danger.
Some personalities can complicate EVERYTHING.Making pancakes can become a chore rather than simple breakfast with them. We can do that with our walk with Christ – we make it so complex and try to “do Christianity” rather than just be.
While we often see the world abuse sex - sadly, inthe name of "holiness" the church has abused sex also. Today's teaching is titled, "Sexual Misconduct" and we will wale through God's view of sex and what place it should taee in our lives as people of faith.
Sex. For too long the church has avoided this topic because of how sex has been misused and abused. The fact is, not talking about God’s design and stance on sex is misuse and abuse! Today at Rise Chapel – let’s talk about SEX.
Making #1 great again should be our daily goal. Sometimes we falsely try to removed the concept of “looking out for #1” in our lives. We can’t! God designed us this way and the solution is to make sure #1 is always Him. But how? What are the repercussions of not? What drives our God should drive us...
It’s terrifying to think about times when our own country has taken down one of our own because of misidentifcation. It’s no less scary to think of misidentifcation in times of panic or fear. The best way to prevent that is to havea goal and purpose that is beyond our own. Left to our own devices we (humans) will always look out for #1 – that won’t change. But we can change who/what #1 is...
Springtime means it’s time to get rid of the junk and trash that has built up or just laid around during winter. In the church, sometimes junk builds up and we just overlook it. But should we? What about the junk outside the church? How should we deal with that?