CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT Getting Real - 2 - The Path to Inward Truth"Real," in modern terms is about being genuine, sincere, unpretentious. Everyone wants to be thought of as real. But becoming so
Each of us is a project God is working on. When we interact to enhance, build up or help others in some way, we become a fellow worker with God. God draws people into relationship with him through relationships with others. Meeting people's needs is the Biblical way to make disciples. How can we best minister for God?
We think of fellowship as something that is good for us - a gift from God - and it it is. But isn't it also something we do for God by giving to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Consider how we can strengthen the Church through fellowship, a gift from God and to God, in this latest presentation, Fellowshipping for God.
We have learned in this series, Relating to God, that how we are treated by our parents has much to do with how we relate to God. Now, in the 5th in our series, Parenting for God, we will look at how parents need to interact with their children to make it easier for them to relate to God.
In Leviticus 23, and other places in the Bible as well, there is a unique holy day mentioned. Unlike the other biblical holy days, the significance of this day in God's plan is shrouded. The day is simply called "the eighth day." And yet it is a holy day, just as is Pentecost, or the Feast of Trumpets. What is the significance of the Eighth Day?
In John 7, we see Jesus observing and even preaching during a biblical festival called the Feast of Tabernacles. This festival pictures the salvation plan that He and the Father have been working out. He said, in that sermon, that those who come to Him, will receive the Holy Spirit, a clearly New Testament event. And yet most Christians have never even heard of this festival!
The Bible predicts one of the most astounding events in all history, the restoration of the relationship between God and humankind, broken in the Garden of Eden. The prediction is mentioned in the Book of Revelation with much emphasis and fanfare, an important event in the mind of God.
Many would be surprised to learn that there is a day on God's calendar every year to commemorate that incredible event. But how could that possibly be true? Very few Christians know about it.
There are seven annual Holy Days in the Bible. The New Testament shows the Church, the diciples and Jesus observing six of them. Trumpets is the only one without mention in the New Testament. Why would we observe it, then?
God has built into every human brain the capacity and desire for relationship. That capacity begins with a loving relationship with parents and expands out to encompass every other kind of relationship in human life.
As we grow from children to adults that capacity extends to God as well. How we experience relationship early has a lot to do with how we relate to God later.
Are you secure in your relationship with God? Is it easy for you to have faith? What can be done to become more secure in our relationship with God?
With this installment of the series, Relating to God, we next consider how God intervenes in our lives to promote connection with us. Are you aware of his efforts? Ever held the door for someone at the mall and they're so busy they don't notice? It's never good to be oblivious to God.
Who is responsible for your spiritual growth? Who is responsible for feeding you spiritually? Is it your pastor, or are you responsible for yourself before God? Learn how to "fix your own food" in this presentation about Small Group Bible Studies.
Of all the Holy Days, Pentecost might be the easiest to explain, since most Christian churches observe Pentecost, if in only a minor way. Still there is a lot to think about when we answer the questions of those who ask.
In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Paul warned Timothy that Christians will "accumulate for themseleves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn awy from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. That's really spooky when you consider that all the Christian holidays are based on myths. Surely God has something more relevant that that for us. Learn more about it in Jesus and Unleavened Bread.
John the Baptist called Jesus the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Lamb of God? What a curious thing to say! Where did that come from? If you have the courage to understand John's meaning, it will rock your world! And it will deepen your relationship with God.
She prayed, she studied her Bible, she fasted and she donated money to charity in an attempt to get over being selfish, shallow and upset with her husband and children. For five years she did all this and nothing happened. She was still as selfish and volatile as ever. What did she leave out?
Those of us who are Christians know we need to overcome our faults and sins. We know we are to surrender our lives as did Jesus Christ. Try as we might, real change often eludes us. How do we make real changes in character? Where Overcoming Begins will lay the foundation.
Horizons are wide open for Christians! There are as many ways to serve God as there are those who want to serve him. There is one big danger, however. Jesus warns us about it with a story about ten teen-age girls. Order Ten Teenage Girls and stay out of trouble.