Porch Notes 10/04/2011
Speaker: David Marvin
As young single people we have a lot of time, energy, and resources at our disposal.
Since JP is married with two kids he has David Marvin start off the series:
David went to A&M and during games they all stand the entire game because there is a chance they could be pulled into the game.
We live in Dallas, which is one of the centers of Christianity in the nation. However, very few are "wearing the jersey" or "in the game".
The world will know that we are his followers if we love one another.
Secular Historians write that Christianity spread so quickly because of the love and compassion shown by Christian groups.
Christian would meet together, read letters, and teach each other radical ideas regarding the treatment of others such as saying, husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church.
When plagues would spread most people in the affected towns would leave, however, the Christians would stay, care for the sick and get infected themselves.
Pagan groups began to imitate the moral character of the Christians, because they saw that was part of the reason for their explosive growth. This fact was even confirmed by the Roman Emperor Julian.
Christianity eventually took over the Roman empire. Love toppled the most powerful empire ever known to man.
The churches in Galatia had a conflict regarding circumcision, and those who believed in faith plus circumcision won out. Paul challenged and changed this practice and wrote about it in Galatians. He also wrote about the things that really matter.
"Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
We naturally drift to chaos and destruction.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
Imagine how much better the world would be even if people just followed the message about self-control.
The message is unnatural. We have a soul and a body, and anything that damages the soul, we stand against.
Every major revolution in history has had young unmarried adults at it's epicenter.
We have time, energy, and resources greater than any other demographic groups. We are a super church.
At funerals you never see pictures of the things we spend so much of our lives obsessing about. You do hear people stand up and talk about the lives that they lived and how they loved others. Deep down we understand what really matters.
If we're chasing after things that don't matter, working a job that takes up too much of our time and causes us to not be obedient maybe we need to consider a change.
We need to serve and love one another so that the world around us sees our hearts.
A great way to start is to serve in the church, but it shouldn't stop there.
-Don't miss next week for part 2. It would be a great time to invite those around you.