A Sticky Faith

It never ceases to amaze me that Jesus spent a matter of months with his disciples and that experience now has grown to 2 billion followers. That my friends is a sticky faith!

Fast forward to today where the Christian movement in America is painted in a vast array of shades from apathetic to consuming. Faith in Christ has always been at its best in people as a movement rather than as an institution.  Recently I had a chance to read a few articles by George Barna and David Kinnaman while I was flying to a conference. I begin to notice two common themes.

Interestingly enough those themes were germane to both those who were leaving the church and those who were sticking. The difference maker were these two things: meaningful relationships and cultural discernment. It seems where people of any age, stage, ethnicity or political preference find meaningful relationships and cultural discernment they stick and are eager to discover more about Christ and His life for them.

Meaningful relationships occur when we experience authenticity and elasticity in thought and conversation with others. Those bridges enable meaningful faith conversations to occur and friendships develop, trust grows, and the presence of Christ leads us to a place of loving respect.

Cultural discernment occurs when those who are part of the body of Christ in the church are mindful and sensitive to how different people connect to God in different ways. But, it is far more than just relevant cultural worship and teaching. Discerning how those coming desire to best learn about God and how they desire to connect to God by serving in specific ways is a huge piece of finding a place to call home and a hopeful way forward.

How are you ordering your life to be both invitational and sensitive to those around you? Everyone has a need to be loved, significant and productive and that’s a desire that is best met in a relationship with Jesus Christ! I am praying today that each of us becomes a part of sticky movement for God’ glory!

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  1. pastor stephen and flora

    Shalom,
    Pastor Steve and LeAnne , Greetings to you in the majestic name of our Lord Jesus Christ . I pray that this humble,friendly message finds you walking in the favor of God.
    God,s minister, God has invested enough message of salvation in you to get out of your country to go all over the world to preach the gospel and win more souls to Christ.
    God has called you out of many, chosen you ,anointed you and approved you for his great Job.
    Pastor, God has a purpose with you life.He has created you to accomplish the great things for him.
    Pastor, this specific task which God has for you and no body else! whether is to plant new churches, to start a bible school or a soup kitchen of the poor,is God,s vision for you.
    Pastor,God Has called you and He placed you in a specific congregation or ministry,because He has a specific task that you support to fulfill here.
    Pastor, God has a task and a purpose for you.He will be with you and He will accomplish the task through His power.He will equip you and give you the power to do it.
    Pastor, He is faithful.if He calls you to a task that is greater than your own abilities,He will also give you the people to support the good work you are doing for Him.
    Pastor God has a plan with your life.yes! even before you were born,He planned you in the finest detail, humble yourself before the Lord He will lift you up[James 4;-10]
    Pastor, you are God,s special workmanship.psalm 139,says that God knew you before you were formed in your mother,s womb!
    pastor, your greatest blessings began when God said,He created you in his image in Genesis 1;26, everything you put your hands to, is going to prosper.
    Pastor, you are so precious to the Lord,silver and gold wasn,t enough.God wanted to purchase you with something more valuable than any precious mental or mineral.so He used the blood of Jesus Christ.
    Surely, in everything we do,we believe in positive changing and affecting the lives of people who we are constantly working towards inspiring change.
    Pastor, working together is to fruitful growth and maturity in the Lord among us.
    My good friend, we are thanking God that we are connected to an anointing servant ,ministry ,who are committed in spreading the GOOD NEWS of spreading a salvation message and win more souls and many to LOVE Jesus Christ .
    We are requesting you to pray for us, send us teachings and we pray that one day God will send you to bring His Good News to Africa and win more to God.
    May the Lord be with you, and bless you abundantly.
    Thanks,
    Yours,
    Pastor Stephen and Flora

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