It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, our mission statement is to evangelize the lost, equip the saints, and empower them to step out into what God has called them to do. The first step is to evangelize. There is a world full of people who are living their life with no hope. It is our responsibility to share the gospel with them.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we are a people who pray. You cannot have a relationship without communication. If we want to be successful, we are going to have to make prayer a focus in our own life, but we are also going to have to make prayer a priority as a church as well.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we believe the gifts of the Spirit are still for today. The filling or baptism of the Spirit is subsequent to salvation, is available to every believer, and the gifts should be used in an orderly manner.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we are a people who worship. In an ever changing age we have a solid foundation, Jesus our Lord. As the object of our worship we are awed by the fact that God reached out to us. That alone should inspire a heart felt response from use.
Sin is often tolerated and sometimes even accepted. Not just in the world, but also by many Christians. If we understood the price that was paid for our sin, how much our sine really cost, we would have a much more visceral, and truthfully realistic, reaction to sin. We also live in a society where love is ridiculously over used and undervalued. We love pizza and we love the Cowboys. We live in a society where to love someone you must agree with them. And if you don’t agree with them, then you must hate them. But today, I want to share with you what real love is. Real love is sacrificial. The only reason we can and do love is because he first loved us, and today, we celebrate the greatest act of love that was ever committed. Jesus paid a horrific price for sin because of His love for us.
As we approach Easter let's examine the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas arrives with a small army because Jesus seems to be a threat. However, prophecy was being fulfilled, and so Jesus allowed Himself to be apprehended, and the rest . . . as they say . . . is history!
You’ll notice that God has been giving Joseph and I similar things to minister on over the last couple weeks. That is the idea that we are to love and have compassion on the lost and to see the value in the harvest. So, what does having compassion for the lost look like and how do we put in that into action? One of the ways is sharing the gospel. Not only corporately, but as individuals. But, to share the gospel, we have to know what it is. That is what we will look at today.