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The church is Jesus’ idea and His plan to reach the world around us, but are we building the way that He designed? Are all the customs and traditions that we consider to be ‘church’ really what He purposed? In this teaching we look at the history of where we get our church today and look at the biblical idea of what Jesus truly intended, and as we do we bring the Christian life down to answering one question in every situation we encounter every day.
Every person has a purpose for being and it is up to us to determine what that purpose is. We were created with purpose and no one is a mistake. Most of us don’t tend to look for or find our unique purpose in life. In part one we looked at the value in knowing your purpose. In part two of this series we look at the first of two components necessary to a useful vision.
Andy Stanley wrote “Everybody ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose.” Do you have a vision for you life? Every person created has one. For most of us it remains undiscovered. God created each one of us with a purpose, a reason for being. And it isn’t to live out the American dream. What is the vision for your life? Have you begun to understand the reason that God placed you here on this earth at this time? It is there inside of you waiting to be discovered and lived out if you are willing to look. In this teaching we take a look at vision and what value knowing what that vision is has for you life.
Mark Twain said ““The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Discovering your purpose is important and can be difficult. And once you know your purpose realizing that purpose can at times be discouraging.
One of the ways God uses to release us into His purpose for us is often overlooked and as a result many Christians spend their lives complaining about what is happening instead of realizing the hand of God in their lives and so they miss out on what God is wanting to accomplish and release.
In this teaching we will look at the lives of Joseph and David and see the ways that God moves us forward in our lives and the moments in our lives that if worked through properly allow us to discover and be released into our life’s mission.
Faith. It is something that is extremely important in our lives as believers. Without it scripture says it is impossible to please God. But do we know what it is? Is it a way to get God to move in our lives? Do we have enough faith? How does faith work? In a time where countless definitions abound are we able to describe what faith really is? Can we explain it and how it works to those who do not yet know God?
In this teaching we take a foundational biblical look at what faith really is, and how we can know how much faith we really have.
Each one of us at times loses focus on what God wants for us and what He has given to us. We can easily get distracted by all the circumstances we have to deal with every day just in normal life, let alone any of the problems that we encounter which take us away from what God wants to be doing in our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with. Paul exhorted Timothy and called him to remember and to stir up, or rekindle the gift of God within him. It is something that is easy to lose sight of if we allow it to happen. In this teaching we look at what it means to stir up God’s gift within us and how we make use of the gifts that God has given us as we relate to the world we live in.
Our faith is meant to be shared, and a biblical faith is one that cannot be kept silent. And yet 90% of Christians today will never lead a single person to faith in Jesus. Today we look at ways that Jesus connected with His world and the simple ways that we can follow in His footsteps and reach into our world and allow Jesus to shine through us.
The world we live in sees little difference in our lives and when we talk about our faith there is little but doctrines that separate us from all the others. And so the world is looking at us and asking what makes you different from any other religion. What the world needs to see it the realness of Jesus demonstrated in our lives.
Without faith it is impossible to please God and Jesus said that it will be done according to your level of faith. Faith is essential to the life of a believer. But what happens when life transforming faith simply slides into a routine? Discover some warning signs that your faith might be running low and some simple ways to change it.
We all know what it is like to be offended. It is a part of living around other people. The only people spending large amounts of time together which are not getting offended are those in the morgue. It is important that we deal with the offences that arise quickly not because they need to be dealt with. The scriptures dealing with the handling of offences were not meant to be another rule to be followed. Listen in to hear the big picture of why God wants us to deal with the issues that arise between us.
What is grace? In a poll conducted in the US 98% of Christians couldn’t properly define what the grace of God was and why it was important. When Paul wrote the churches he started or ended ever letter and many times he started and ended with “May the grace and peace of God be with you.” Grace is extremely important to us a Christians. Today we discover what it is and how we can respond to God’s gift of grace in our lives.https://apexhousechurch.podbean.com/mf/play/uskbyb/Amazing_Grace.mp
Today we finish our look at the ways we can check our health. Our health is something that can disappear on us if we don’t keep care of ourselves and monitor the state of our health. And just like we all need regular checkups in the natural, we also need them in the spiritual. Here are six common things which apply to us as Christians and affect our churches that we can look at to see what condition our health is in
Our health is something that can disappear on us if we don’t keep care of ourselves and monitor the state of our health. And just like we all need regular checkups in the natural, we also need them in the spiritual. Here are six common things which apply to us as Christians and affect our churches that we can look at to see what condition our health is in.
Hospitality is one of the most effective ways to building relational bridges that we have and it is one that Jesus modeled throughout the gospels as He connected and related with people. As Christians we can have doors of communication open to us where we can share who Jesus is if we are willing to demonstrate this with the people we come in contact with. Today we learn what hospitality is and how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.
As a church we say that people are not interested in God today. And yet studies show that people are deeply interested, it is the church that they are not wanting. Today we discover some of the ways we are building barriers to communication and sharing our faith instead of building bridges and how we can change so that we are able to connect with people and open doors where we are able to effectively share who Jesus is.
What we focus on determines what our life becomes so it is important that we keep our focus on the things that are important. Here we discover what allowed Jesus to be so influential in His world and what things we need to do to follow in His steps
Christmas is the season that we as Christians celebrate the ultimate gift. The time that Jesus entered our world to live as one of us and ultimately give His life to restore us to relationship with Him. But have we opened our gift? Have we stopped opening our gift? Because the gift Jesus gives each of us is not a single event.
Jesus entered our world so that we could be restored to relationship with Him. Which means we are able to communicate with Him and He can communicate with us. In this teaching we discover some ways we can set aside the distractions and consistently hear the voice of God personally.
How do we respond when God calls us? For many people the first response is “Who, Me?”. What follows is often a list of reasons we can’t do what God just asked of us. Here we discover that when God calls us, He also qualifies us for the task.
There was an old preacher who said “We are born again in the fires of revival, and we live our lives out in the ashes.” For many of us as Christians what started out as an exciting walk with our God and Creator has been reduced to a set of rituals we perform which have little life in them. In this teaching we discover some ways we can keep the fires of passion burning in our hearts and live our lives full of the life and power of Christ.
Communication is difficult, and accepting people like Jesus did is also difficult. Combining the two together can be a problem for many people to overcome. Here we discover how we can communicate the value God has placed on people and accept them for who they are.
We don’t need to approve of everything people do to be able to accept them for who they are.
This is the close of the series Apex Values pt 8
This is pt 5 of the series on the Values of Apex house church. Change is important because all Christians are called to change both personally and corporately.
Pt 3 of the series Values of Apex House Church. Christians are called to a life of adventure.
Pt 1 of the series The Values of Apex House Church. We look at the importance of personal values.