Church vs. Serial Killer

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The church is a beacon of hope to this world because of the task Christ gave to preach the gospel. As the fruit of the gospel and one of the reason we are saved, we are to do good works to magnify God. We are to extend it to the community. And if we look at church history we find instances that Christians shines. Call it a revolution, but indeed believers turned the world upside down. Through opportunities that God opens to us we can minister go people and share the gospel.

Churches may encounter crisis in like disasters or a pandemic, but how will you respond on a serial killer on the loose? How will you counsel the victim’s relative and most importantly, the whole neighborhood? Matt Horan and Seminole Heights United Methodist Church had a say on this predicament.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Love Your Church”(Tony Merida)

Here are my favorite quotes from an upcoming book, Love Your Church by Tony Merida, published by The Good Book Company scheduled for release on June 1. If you want to support the author, you can pre-order by following this link.

“Belonging to a church means investing your life in a gospel-centered community of believers who joyfully serve one another and advance Jesus’ mission together.”

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The Quotable Round-Up #27

Enjoy these awesome quotes from the book “Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission”  by authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis:

 

“We have become outsiders just as Jesus was an outsider. We are marginal in our culture because Jesus is marginal. The cross is the ulti­mate expression of marginalization and to follow him is to take up our cross daily. It is daily to experience marginalization and hostility. Being on the margins is normal Christian experience.”–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The doctrine of election, God’s choice of us, is never intended as an indulgence. Its purpose is always mission.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The mes­sage of the Old Testament is the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. Jesus sets the pattern: suffering followed by glory. We suffer hostility and marginalization just as he did. Indeed Jesus suffered the ultimate marginalization: he was pushed out of the world onto the cross.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

 

“Trying to match the world begs the question, If the church is like the world then why bother with the church? The more we become like the world, the less we have to offer. Certainly we want to avoid unnecessary offense and an off-putting experience, but what will draw people to church is always going to be what is different about us.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The Christian community demonstrates the effectiveness of the gospel. We are the living proof that the gospel is not an empty word but a powerful word that takes men and women who are lovers of self and transforms them by grace through the Spirit into people who love God and others.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission

 

“The church may never outperform TV shows and music videos, but there is nothing like the community life of the church. There is nowhere else where diverse people come together in the same way. There is nowhere else where broken people find a home. There is nowhere else where grace is experienced and God is present by his Spirit.” –Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission