In the most basic and accurate statement I can think of, the summary of the Christian life is this: love God and then love others. Easy-peasy, right? As accurate as that statement may be, it’s terribly poor at communicating what that might look like. It certainly doesn’t communicate the calling to love aggressively.
The service was just about to begin while I was standing in the foyer noticing someone new walking through the door. I extended my hand and he shook it. He had the easy to recognize church-smile on his face, wearing church-casual attire. I wasn’t surprised to hear that he was visiting from another assembly he had grown tired of, and now he was shopping around to check out his other options. I discovered years ago that some people feel that they become better when they start attending a better church. I’ve also discovered that they’re absolutely right! Today’s text shows us what a better church looks like, and how you would benefit if you were in one.
The presence of evil in the world is undeniable. Every Believer’s call to faith and obedience makes life complicated in a world like this. What’s a Believer to do? In Romans 12:9-21 Paul gets really practical with a rubber-meets-the-road approach to Christian living, pointing toward a path to overcoming evil.
One of the questions I’m asked fairly often is, “How do I know if this is God’s will for me?” I’m usually asked this by someone who’s trying to make a big decision. And, I get it, I ask the question myself sometimes. I can’t give a unique word from God just for you, but I can help you figure out how to recognize God’s will for yourself.
In this episode we explore Romans 12:1-8 and discover what worship really is. It’s not singing, although it can be a part of it. It’s not the style of church music, although it could be a part of it. Real worship is bigger. Find out why real worship often looks gritty and sweaty.