Why are you here?

10 12 2013

We had a guest speaker this Sunday, he spoke on 1 Corinthians 12vv14-31 and asked us, “why are you here?”

There’s many reasons we could be a church

  • We’re on a rota
  • Force of habit
  • Routine
  • Social time
  • Free childcare

These may be factors, but they aren’t the main reason, these only form a secular shell.

The reason is a relationship with, or an interest in, God.

That can be done at home, but that ignores large chunks of the bible. Church was God’s idea. Lot’s of the letters in the New Testament were written to churches. Church isn’t the building, it’s the people. We’ve recently been looking at the One Another commands, these commands need other people to one-another with.

Some people have been hurt and scarred by churches, but don’t let your past dictate your future.

  • A bad parent doesn’t make every parent bad.
  • A bad marriage doesn’t make every marriage bad.
  • A bad church doesn’t make every church bad.

Why did God give us unique fingerprints? To remind us that we have been made unique.
Each church is unique as it is made up of unique people. Each person has unique gifts and abilities. Each person has a part to play.

If you’re an eye trying to be an ear, then you’re not going to be good at it. Plus you’re stopping an ear from being an ear.
If you’re a hand, and you’ve been a hand a long time, maybe consider: is it time to be a wrist, to support a hand?

God has called us, chosen us, appointed us, to His church. We are hear today because God has chosen us. He knew us before we were formed, He was the first to hear our heart beat, the first to love us.

The reason we’re here is a whole lot less about us, and a whole lot more about God. We can’t do anything in our own strength. The Holy Spirit has the power. God used and uses the most unlikely characters to create the biggest ripples.

Forgive one another

8 11 2013

So I’ve missed several sermons in this series now due to Sunday School, Uganda, and visiting the parents, but this week at housegroup we were looking at the bear with one another and forgive one another commands, and something interesting came up…

We are told to “Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3v13.
We often take this to mean that we must forgive anyone who has hurt us, however in 1 John 1v9 it says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

So does this then mean that we only have to forgive those who ask for it? What an interesting question! I don’t know where I stand on this yet and would love your input!