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Are you living for, or with , Jesus?

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Quick thought:  If Jesus is eternal, and we claim to follow Him, how can we choose to obey His commands only when they’re suitable to our life-style?  I think it’s time for an honest gut-check to make sure we are really living for Him … and not making him out to be a “part-time god”.

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Are multi-site churches biblical or not?

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I am a staff writer for the website GotQuestions.org, and I received a question that I wanted to share as well as the answer that I provided. The question had to do with “multi-site churches (in general)”, something we see more and more of today.

Let me state up front that I am not a huge fan of multi-site churches (only because as a pastor I really feel the need to connect with people personally), I believe that we should NEVER (read that again, please) sit in judgment of OR DISCREDIT a bible-based, Gospel-centered church that is using multi-locations and technology to reach people. God can work in all things, and if it’s for His Glory — then by all means … PRESS FORWARD!

Question: Is multi-site church biblical? In regards to multi-site, can there be “one church at many locations”?

Answer: Thank you for writing to us. While churches being “multi-site” can present all kinds of new challenges for leadership, there is nothing un-biblical about it. Consider the view this way: The first church (see Acts 2) was birthed in Jerusalem at the Day of Pentecost. Are all bible-based churches simply not an off-spring of that original church? Churches today use hundreds of different ways to reach into communities and present the Gospel to unsaved persons, and while there may be a lack of fellowship (for example: a person who attends the 8am service at site “A” may never meet someone who attends the 10:30 service at site “B”) … the mission and vision of the church is the same:

Ephesians 4:11-16, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

God bless you and may you find a church where God speaks to you and where you are being fed by it’s staff to equip YOU for the work of the ministry. ~ Rev TJ

We all sin (so, stop judging one another)

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I am a staff writer for the website GotQuestions.org, and several weeks ago I received a question that I wanted to share as well as the answer that I provided. The question has to do with “Christian leaders’ confession to sexual immorality” and I believe it is VERY IMPORTANT for believers to realize that we sin as well, and must not sit in judgment of one another.  May God bless you as you continue to provide hope to those you are a witness to!

Question:  We are seeing Christian leaders confessing to multiple sexual sins (with different people throughout the years). Can a person be truly saved and commit fornication/adultery five or ten times throughout a thirty year span?

Answer:  Thank you for writing to us.  I think in answering this best, we have to ask ourselves a partner question:  “Don’t we continue to sin as well?”  God does not look at one person’s sin as being greater than another’s, and so we must ensure we do not set ourselves up as spiritual giants thinking we can look down on the sin of others.  The Bible tells us very clearly that we must not do that (see Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37, and James 5:9), and so that needs to be said.

While Paul is very clear that we should not continue to sin even though we have grace (see Romans 6:1), we still (in fact) DO sin because we are sinful creatures.  This is why we need to have God’s grace applied to our lives and why we need to ensure that we exalt Christ, and not other men and women, so that when they do sin we can see their (and our) need for Christ’s grace and pray for them — instead of sitting over them in a form of legalistic judgment.  God has called us to walk alongside one another (see Galatians 6:1-3) and this is how we should live daily. 

These men (and women I should add) while they might not serve as leaders once their sin is dealt with, still need God’s grace the same as you and I do, and we must be willing to come alongside them in love.  The key to grace is restoration, not judgment and casting out (unless repentance is not willing to be demonstrated) — and even then we should continue to reach them.  Jesus taught about the farmer leaving the 99 sheep to rescue the one (see Luke 15:4) and we must be willing to exemplify and live this. 

As I asked in the beginning, we all have our favorite sins that others would consider greater than theirs, and we need to keep this in mind while literally doing life alongside one another.  God bless you.  ~ Rev TJ