Are you a people pleaser? What other people think of us can often have a very profound effect on our behavior. When we seek to please people and mold our identity to what people expect of us, we run the real risk of living a life displeasing to God. Are you more concerned of fitting in with the world around you or fitting into the life God calls us to live? We’ll dive into Galatians 1:10 as we explore these words of Paul.
In Romans 5:8 Paul tells us that Jesus died while we were still sinners. So often we find the need to sort of clean ourselves up before we come to Christ. Or we try to strike things out on our own and convince ourselves that what we do on our own is good enough. This couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter what we do we fall short of God’s expectations. There is a clear need for someone to intervene and save us from our ways.
The apostle Paul had some pretty important things to say. Responsible for almost half of the New Testament, Paul is arguably the most important voice for the Christian faith next to Jesus. From ruthless persecutor of Christians to one of the most outspoken proponents, Paul’s word are nothing short of revolutionary.
Weather we like to admit it or not, we’re all conforming to some sort of standard in our life. Weather it’s to belong to a organization, social circle, or maintain an image we adhere to the unwritten rules to belong. Paul cautions us not to conform to the world, but instead be transformed by Gods word. So the question we must ask, am I conforming to what the world wants, or to what God wants?
Grief, whatever the source is an inevitability in our life. So how do we as Christians handle grief? Is it ok for us to mourn? How does God feel when we experience grief? We’ll explore scriptures to answer these questions and compare how Christians experience grief versus how the world does.
Pride goes before the fall. Today we look at how pride can impact our lives and what truths scripture speaks to it. We’ll take a look at how it may have impacted one of the most infamous individuals in the bible, and what insights God’s word provides us to avoid it’s pitfalls.
Have you, or someone you know ever been prone to “flying off the handle?” How are we as Christians suppose to handle anger when we encounter it in our lives? On one hand we’re told to be meek and mild, to be slow to anger and to watch our tongue. But throughout scripture we can see examples of God showing his anger, and Jesus doing things like overturning the money changers tables in the temple. Whats a believer to do when we feel anger in our lives?
Joy is a crucial part of the Christian experience, and sometimes it can be overlooked. It can often be easy to fixate on our own brokenness and our desire to have God fix it and restore us. But that ends up putting all of the focus on us, and not God. Joy is evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and is something that should be central to our state of being.
Apathy is easy, it’s indifference and doesn’t require much from the person. No need to take a stand or put your neck out on the line. It’s also toxic for our faith. We’ll turn to Jesus’ word in Revelation where he rebukes a church for their apathy. But if we find ourselves in a place of apathy how do we fight it? Where do we turn and how can we break the cycle?
Anxiety and worry have seemingly reached epidemic levels. Basically everyone has experienced anxiety to a certain level – including Jesus. Today we’ll take a look at the Garden in Gethsemane where we get the chance to see Jesus’ human side. We’ll talk our experiences, and how the word speaks to this emotion.