Posts tagged localchurch
Walking into our Inheritance

God has a spacious place for us and we enter in by faith, receiving all that Jesus has won for us. Because of Jesus we are co-heirs with Christ and can live finding our joy and hope in Him, despite our circumstance. We can dream big in Him, not living in fear of the unknown or wishing for what’s familiar but trusting in our big God and His good plans for our lives, moving into the more He has for us.

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The Heart of the Father

Understanding the love our our Heavenly Father will strengthen, refresh, envision, and encourage us through the tough times. Jesus went to the cross, per our Heavenly Father’s will, because He understood “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). Let’s follow Jesus’ example and draw upon our Father’s love for everything that we do.

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The Faithfulness of God

Jesus brought a kingdom that was upside down, and inside out. The first will be last and the greatest will be the servant of all. When we are faithful in the small things, God leads us into and entrusts us with more.

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Our Future Inheritance

The world defines inheritance as material goods. Our future inheritance is so much more than that. It is to stand before our God and receive “the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day” (2 Tim 4:7). Be encouraged and lean into Him as we move beyond worldly inheritance in order to appear before God (Ps 84:7) to receive our everlasting inheritance.

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Being Faithful in the Suspended Seasons

James encouraged us to be faithful in the “suspended seasons” and to stand and fight for the unity of our local church by honoring one another. Fight now for what is coming and fight now for now, because how we walk into our inheritance is flavored by our faithfulness with the right now. When we do this our local church becomes dangerously effective for the Kingdom.

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Vision & Values- Authentic Biblical Community

Let’s get back to God’s original design and function of the local church! His way is always perfect and better than our ways. It is the same with His original intention for the church (Eph 3:10) as it transcends culture, generations, and geography. God’s design for His church is always perfect and better than any model man can come up with in building His church (Matt 16:18).

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The Assurance of Our Salvation- Identity and Knowing Jesus

As we come to know Jesus more, as God, King of the universe, creator and sustainer of everything, and Savior of the world, we find our security and identity in Him (Heb.1:1). Knowing Jesus, gives our lives purpose and identity. We are loved, accepted, called, chosen by Him, not defined by our past, or the things that have happened to us. So instead of asking “Who am I?” our question should be, “Jesus, who are you?”

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The Assurance of Our Salvation- Justification

We have not only been given eternal life through our faith in Jesus, which in itself is more than what we deserve, but our Heavenly Father has also declared us as righteous and justified before all of creation.  Let’s encourage each other to share this amazing Good News and live as people who have been justified from guilt, shame, lies, or condemnation of this world.  Live truly as followers of Jesus, people who are justified, loved, and well-pleased by the One True God!

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The Assurance of Our Salvation- Reconciliation

Take comfort in knowing that God is always with us, through our salvation, because it is in His nature and His character! We have been reconciled with our Living God the moment we repent and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We have become one with the God of the universe just as Jesus is one with the Father (Jn 17:21-23).

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The Assurance of Our Salvation - Intro

Let us all have complete assurance of our Salvation through Jesus! It is because our lives as Christians are dependent upon our understanding of the Salvation we have received through Jesus. The more assurance we have of our position as God’s people, the more we will be able live with conviction and boldness in following God’s word. Therefore, as we live each day with the Assurance of our Salvation, we will freely share the Greatest News Ever to those around us.

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Worship

Man was made for worship, and our lives will be formed and molded by what we consciously or unconsciously choose to worship. When we worship God, it transforms us and causes us to greater reflect His character and His ways.

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The Kingdom-minded Church

The Kingdom of God, which we can only have through Jesus Christ, is worth far more than anything we have possessed or ever will. Let’s not lose sight of our eternal inheritance through keeping our focus on the King and His Kingdom.

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