Speaker: John Nix - fun fact: He is the pastor at Toby Mac's camps and Camp Electric, which happens to be in Nashville, TN.
Worship band: The Neverclaim
Church isn't a museum to put on a display but a hospital for broken sinners.
No matter how good your acting skills, it does not impress God.
God's grace and mercy is not because we are deserving but because He is loving.
Passage: Acts 17-Paul discussing Christ's suffering and dying with the men in the synagogue-Why? Because we sin. What's sin-"Not only bad things committed but also good things ommitted" (James 4:17 "If anyone then knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.") And sin is bad not only becuase of what we do, but also who we do it to; all sins hurt God.
Songs that came to my mind relating to this: "Scandal of grace, You died in my place so my soul will live" and "What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus"
Sin is sin, and sin deserves death, but we can find redempion in Christ, and Him alone."You were dead in your transgressions and sins...but becuase of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ--it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:1, 4-5
Passage: More of Acts 17 where they are having more of an understanding talk of the scriptures with the Bereans
Church is not an organization but an organism. (We need each other working the way we should so that church can function!)
God's word is also living; as we read it, it also reads us. ("For the Word of God is living and active...it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12)
Christ is not an addition to our lives, but He is our lives. ("For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21)
Catching a theme for this service? There is more to living than just life. Life is found in following Christ.
This is my gospel gang, and we're here to proclaim The Name. #GospelGang #NoShame
"I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles, my joy knows no bounds." 2 Corinthians 7:4
When I can't express my feelings, God knows.
Another thing to think on: we like to make certain things known about us, our association with certain brands or people or activities. What brand do you make the most known? When people see you, what do they think of? (Questioning myself here, as well.)
The Starnes family also has two dogs, Jake and Sam, and as you can see, they are quite friendly. Good thing I'm used to it from my own pets at home. The banana pajamas were just too much, though!
We can have all the right answeres without being right with God.
Yep. Like the first message, putting on a display in the museum.
Life can look all prim and proper on the outside, like you love life and serving and are honestly living for the Lord. Sometimes it's even easy to fool people, even fool ourselves. (Ever heard the saying, "fake it til ya feel it"?) We can read the Bible, go to church, fellowship with other believers, know just the right things to say and ways to act, but if our heart isn't right, God sees right through all that even when others don't.
It doesn't matter if we look like we're on track with God if we aren't on the inside. God knows. God is the One who saves. If your heart is hard or you're set on your own ways of living, don't fool yourself or others.
Don't just live the religion, be real-real love, real life.
Live on purpose.