Summary: * Hospitality * Active in Faith * Focus on God * Repentance * Growing in Maturity of Faith
ODDS and ENDS
Our church in January, embarked on a five year journey. We are in year one where our church is following a pattern set for us in Acts 2:42 which describes the early church as “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” This year we are focusing on the Apostle’s teaching. We have been through 1 Peter thoroughly. We have looked at 2 Peter. Next week, we will begin to look at 1, 2, and 3 John which will take us all the way through the summer. Starting in September after the summer, we will begin looking at the writings of the Apostle Paul in the books of 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Timothy, and Philemon.
It is my hope that as we are journeying together in the Scriptures, that our faith would begin to grow. Our church exists for every member to be in an active authentic relationship with God reaching out to bring others to Him.
That implies growth in faith growing deep in knowledge and understanding.
That implies growth in faith growing wide in practice and reaching out.
In the book of Hebrews, also among the teachings of the Apostles, we find verses that challenge us in much the same way. Hebrews 6:1-3 says, “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.” That same chapter encourages, commands, and challenges us to:
“show diligence” (verse 11)
“imitate faith and patience” (verse 12)
“have hope as the anchor of our soul” (verse 19)
We are about to embark as a church in thinking about 1, 2, and 3 John. I do not think that 1, 2, and 3 John are full of what the book of Hebrews would say is “elementary teachings.” The Apostle John does not play around with his words and calls us to faith in action much in his letters.
I thought today I would cover a few “odds and ends” topics as we head into the summer. These are basic things that as believers we should keep in mind as we move forward. My inspiration for this message came from Hebrews 6, but also from a book called “The Christian Handbook” which has important things in it as well as tongue-in-cheek items, and some that are just humorous.
So without further ado, some odds and ends.
I. WHEN SOMEONE SITS IN YOUR PEW (HOSPITALITY AT CHURCH)
All of us are creatures of habit. We all also have comfort zones where we feel comfortable and situations where we are extremely uncomfortable. Whenever we gather together, we should make hospitality and friendliness a priority. This is a super basic teaching of Christianity that we should all know and we should all already practice. To sum it up: Just be nice.
* Romans 12:13 commands, “Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”