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I came up with five simple reasons as to why we need to hear about Jesus and his glorious gospel each and every day. “Give us Jesus” ought to be the rally cry of the church. Over and over again, our hearts should be yearning to hear the gospel again and again—like my two-year-old daughter begging for a “horsey-ride” on my back, let us go back to the truth that sets us free.
Here is the kicker: if you are serious about a scattered missional church, you have to gather your communities regularly in one place.
Imagine with me a disciple-making culture that looked something like this.
- Use of Hyperbole and Exaggeration
- Speaking According to Cultural Convenience
- Bad Grammar
- Round numbers
- Summaries of Events
- Recording Wrong Theology
- Activity is not biblical purpose.
- Busyness can take us away from connecting with other believers and non-believers.
- An activity-driven church often is not strategic in its ministries.
- A congregation that is too busy can hurt families.
- An activity-driven church often has no presence in the community.
- Activity-driven churches tend to have “siloed” ministries.
- Churches that focus on activities tend to practice poor stewardship.
When we anchor our hope for joy and contentment onto the limited shoulders of our fallen spouses, they eventually sink under the heavy burden. This “burden” is reserved for Christ’s strong shoulders. Only he can bear it. He alone has the strength, ability, and resources to satisfy the deepest longings of our heart.
Here are five lies our culture tells us about how we should perceive our bodies—and five truths from Scripture to help shift our perspective.