Living Invitations

Living Invitations 4

May 21, 20170 Comments

During our weekend celebrations this week we continued our series called Living Invitations. We are including the video on Online Ministry Training for your convenience.

This message is about integrity. When I think about integrity, I think about what I say I believe matching up with how I live my life. The old saying for this is “practice what you preach”. Every area of my life that doesn’t yet match up with what I say I believe, is an area where I am still lacking integrity. One of my favorite stories to illustrate integrity (or the lack thereof) is found in the life of Joash.

2 Kings 12:2 (NIV)
2 Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

It is interesting to me because usually the kings are introduced as doing good or evil all the days of their own lives. To dig a little deeper into the introduction you have to go and read 2 Chronicles 24:17:

2 Chronicles 24:17-18a (NIV)
17 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 18 They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. …

Joash did the right thing as long as Jehoiada was alive, but after he died, Joash quickly started to do the wrong thing. Integrity is about doing the right thing, regardless of who does or doesn’t know. Integrity is a heart issue.

Living Invitations 3

May 14, 20170 Comments

We are including a re-cap of our weekly sermons here on Online Ministry Training. This week we talked about hospitality. The Greek word translated “hospitality” means “love of strangers”. The “hospitality” we are talking about is all about loving others through Christ and making people feel special. But it must be sincere. It must be genuine. If it is phony it won’t be effective. It is certainly our hope that through our “hospitality” people will ultimately come to know Jesus, but it cannot be a requirement. We need to love people regardless of how they respond. Love must be sincere.

Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Living Invitations Part 4 Ministry Chat

May 13, 20170 Comments

This Sermon prep Ministry Chat on Online Ministry Training is bout integrity. During our celebration services this weekend we are going to begin a discussion on the spiritual battle we are engaged in on behalf of our neighbors. We are going to looking at the armor we have for the battle and this week it is the belt of truth. When I think about being a person of truth I think about integrity. Integrity is about doing the right thing, regardless of who is watching. Since we talk about living by dong the next right thing all the time, I thought this was very interesting and that it was worth all of us thinking about. Integrity is a heart issue. While at some level I want to do what is right because of my family and friends and church, is that enough if my heart really isn’t in it? If I thought that a wrong decision could be done so no one would know, would I still choose to do what is right? And that is what I think integrity is about. I think most of us have experienced justifying and rationalizing our wrong choices. No one will know. I deserve it. Life isn’t fair. Who will it hurt? I am tired of waiting. And of course, the biggest rational lie of them all, “God wants me to be happy doesn’t He?” He does, but not at the expense of your integrity.

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