If you are a Christian chances are you know where to turn for questions like the above. Most likely you are part of a church and have a personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. At the same time you probably have friends or family members that ask the same questions over and over yet do not know where to turn. And you wish they do, you wish they attend a church with you.
Thanks to your support and contributions Capital River of Life Christian Church has been a church home to many for the past 10+ years. We are so grateful to you. We exist to not only provide Christians a place to worship, but to also provide the unchurched an environment to explore life and God. And we have done just that, over half of our congregation have come to faith with Jesus Christ and have gotten baptized here.
Welcome to the beginning of Day Light Saving Time, and I hope you got enough sleep today! It was so great to have pastor Frank with us last week. If you weren’t here, you can catch his sermon on our website. As I was listening to pastor Frank I was once again reminded of the message that I carry as a Christian. Yes, we want to share with others the benefits and the blessings of being a Christian, but there will come a time when we just have to preach the message of the cross. Even though we can choose other parts of the gospel message that are more pleasing and possibly more helpful, there is no denying our central message is the cross – the cost of following Jesus.
You know, many have commented that following the teachings of Christ has lots of benefits — financial security, relational stability, moral standards. Those are all nice things to have but at some point, being a Christian will cost you something. You’ll feel a nudge to start, stop, get out of, or maybe go somewhere. What will you do then? Your decision determines whether you can make the ultimate transition that every Christian must make at some point – from consumer to follower.
If you’re a consumer Christian, looking to Jesus for what he can do for you, that’s okay. That’s where everyone’s Christian faith begins. But Jesus calls you to follow him. Doing so will cost you—in career, money, status, or relationships. The thing is, whatever it costs you is something you’re going to lose anyway. Death eventually separates you from everything you work so hard to get and protect. But following Jesus gives you a life of meaning, purpose, and contentment.
1. Do you think you’re a consumer Christian or a follower of Jesus? Why?
2. What do you worry most about losing if you follow Jesus?
3. Has following Jesus ever cost you anything? Explain.
4. Read Mark 8:36. Jesus’ wisdom seems self-evident, so why is it so difficult to live out?
5. What parts of your life do you think would change the most if you began following Jesus?
Welcome to March everyone. We just ended our marriage and dating series last week and I hope you have not forgotten about it already. Even though you might have forgotten about what we have talked about I hope you will never forget about your marriage. Remember, your marriage is as good as you decide for it to be. If you put in the time for your marriage, you will more than likely have a great marriage. So, let’s just recap real quick one more time, be the right person, fight fair, have fun and never give up. Don’t become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.
Today we are going to talk about the central message of our belief – the message of the cross. And we are so honored to have pastor Frank with us today. For those of you that are meeting him for the first time, pastor Frank ministers to the people who work in the Capitol, and we are so honored to partner with him through prayers. We believe that if God can transform the lives of those that lead our state, God can transform the people that live in this state. Therefore, we must fearlessly continue to share the message that we believe in to everyone, because there truly is power to transform lives in our message of the cross.
Take the opportunity to share with someone the message of the cross today.
1. We are continually bombarded with commercials and advertising messages. Do any come to mind? Is there one you like (maybe a recent Super Bowl commercial), or one you would prefer to never see/hear again?
2. Read 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:10. What stands out to you in this passage?
3. Have you ever felt like you’ve drifted from the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? If yes, then describe how. If no, then, why not?
4. Have you ever spoken to someone about Jesus when it felt difficult for you to do so or when they did not receive it well? Explain.
5. Have you ever seen the power of the message of Jesus at work in your life or someone else’s life? When have you seen it most clearly?