According to lifewayresearch.com, though 71 percent of unchurched Americans said they believed Jesus “makes a positive difference in a person’s life,” a full 72 percent said they think the church “is full of hypocrites.”
Hayes, J. (2009). Blemished: How The Message of Malachi Confronts Empty Religion (p. 15). Nashville, TN: LIfeWay Press.
The New Testament word for church is ekklesia, and it was originally used to describe an assembly of citizens who were “called out” by a herald. The biblical meaning, then, is a group of earthly people who have been called out by Christ for his purposes.
The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, ed. Merrill C. Tenney (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976), 845-846
Hayes, J. (2009). Blemished: How The Message of Malachi Confronts Empty Religion (p. 14). Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press.
Worship, L. (2008). Baptist Hymnal (p. 663). Nashville, Tennessee: LifeWay Worship.
EXPLORE THE BIBLE/LIVING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES 1,2 PETER; JUDE LIFEWAY FALL 2012
What do you think about this definition of faith?
Can you think of other biblical characters who did foolish things for God?
I think the reason many of us have never killed a giant or walked on water or found the Messiah is because we’re not willing to look foolish.
First Corinthians 1:27 reveals God’s modus operandi:
“Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the strong.”
Nothing has changed. If you aren’t willing to look foolish, you’re foolish.
CHASE the LION (stepping confidently into the unknown) by Mark Batterson pgs. 100-101