"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Ephesians 4:14-15
Preparing for the next lesson. What happens at the end of this week? Now it’s time to prepare for the next message or lesson.
A great privilege. As you attend church each week and look forward to the teaching time, realize that you are doing something that nearly 200 million Christ-followers around the world cannot do. The majority of believers in our world are persecuted, and do not have access to the church, even the Bible, as freely as you do. Look at the opportunity to go, to receive teaching and to reteach as a privilege. It will change your outlook on the importance of learning and sharing God’s Word.
Before worship. When you wake up on Sunday, begin to focus your mind on the time to come. In the car on the way to church, are you fussing over clothes, quieting the kids or stressed over being late? Let this be a time of prayer for the coming service as you get your heart and mind ready to hear from God (moms and dads, what an example to set for your children as you pray with and for them on the way to church!).
You are the church. How will your friends, business associates, family and others hear about Christ and know who the One True God is? Through the Bible, and more importantly, the example of your life as you live out Scripture, they will hear and see Christ in you. You are the church. Christ is not a part of life--He has come so that "you might have life" (John 10:10). Let your life in Him reflect His Word and ways at all times!
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