In our current culture, when we speak of those who don’t believe in Jesus, we use terms like “seekers” and “unchurched.” But the Bible most often refers to these people as “lost.” Maybe by not using Biblical terms we have subconsciously both weakened our passion for Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost and lessened the lost’s ability to recognize they are truly lost.
Sermons Series: Passionate Spirituality
The entire focus of Creation is so that God can be in community with us. God’s nation, Israel, even when they were dispersed among enemy nations during times of captivity, organized themselves into groups where they could stay in community. One of Jesus’ first acts was to create an intimate community. So how do we build our passion for community?
A favorite food is something that's common to everyone. You don't have to be forced to eat your favorite food, you'll eat as much of it as you can get! So it's probably not a coincidence that the Bible is often referred to as food: Honey, milk, bread, sweet wine, eternal water. How do we make the Bible our favorite food?
It seems the idea of making it a priority to attend Sunday morning worship every week is becoming a rare thing. Going to church every Sunday has lost it's importance. People seem to have lost a passion for it. How do we regain a passion for our times of worship together? Is it even necessary?
Is confession just about admitting our sins and feeling ashamed? Does our view on confession keep us from experiencing God’s love and forgiveness?
The most common definition of prayer we hear is that it's simply talking to God. What if that definition is not only sorely lacking, but has actually held us back from developing a passion for prayer?