There are some things that are deep-seated beliefs of mine. I thought I’d share a few of them with you today. I don’t post these for debate – they are simply CONVICTIONS of mine.
I BELIEVE that JESUS CHRIST is the CENTRAL message of the church. Not “going green,”…. not global warming, not politics, not recycling, not home-schooling, not even man-made doctrines or denominations. Jesus Christ is the central message of the church. Colossians 1:18 states, “HE is the Head of the Church….that in all things HE might have the PREEMINENCE.”
I BELIEVE that GOD EXPECTS us to GIVE HIM OUR BEST in all we do; our time, effort, service, lifestyle, and in our giving. Leftovers dishonor God rather than honor Him (See Malachi 1:6-14). These people offered God their leftovers, their crippled and blind sheep – less than their best – and He was OFFENDED!
I BELIEVE the church is called to BREAK THE HUDDLE and RUN THE PLAY of EVANGELISM that God has given us. It is crazy to sit around in little groups and have lengthy theological discussions on terms like “missional” or “attractional” evangelism. Blah, blah, blah. Just do it for Pete’s sake! I think those people who spend their time TALKING ABOUT reaching others for Christ AREN’T actually making an effort at it. At some point you have to SNAP THE BALL.
I BELIEVE that GIVING GOD THE TITHE (yes, that’s a tenth, 10%) SHOULD NOT BE such a big of a deal for some people. He gave everything to us. “For God so loved the world that HE GAVE…..”
I BELIEVE that Pace Community Church is going to EXPERIENCE its BEST YEAR EVER in 2008.