To be lost is to be separated from a Holy God. To be alienated from our creator. Lostness is to be dead in sin.
A great picture of lostness is the prodigal son. In this story Jesus makes a comparison to being lost is as being dead. “Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
The son is separated from the father. He is self centered and self absorbent. His sin has broken his relationship between him and his father.
It is ones own sinful nature that makes him/her lost. It is rebellion against God. Just like the son in the story to be lost is to be hopeless. And we are all born lost.
Many church members want to clean people up before getting to the heart issue. They focus on getting people to stop drinking, stop cussing and stop doing anything that doesn’t like a christian. However, if this person is still lost they are like dead people getting their hair washed and a new pair of sunglasses. What is the point? They are dead! I know many good honest, moral people who are kind, who don’t steal, they are good parents and dress nice but they are equally lost as some guy who is behind bars.
Only Christ can bring life.
I had the privilege of visiting Passion City Church in Atlanta this past weekend. Before you ever see the campus, you see the hand. This hand was constructed at the Passion College Conference in January. The heart behind it is to raise awareness about the 27 million slaves worldwide. As a worship gathering centered around Jesus Christ moves people to make a difference. This is a result of the live changing gospel.
http://72daysforfreedom.com/ Make a difference and sign the petition here.
This is a great reminder to look at our lives and how we are living. Are we true followers of Christ? Does our lives fit in the Bible?
I found this video on a great blog Lasting Divergence. The video came from Southern Seminary. It’s quick, to the point and full of creativity.
Jan. 12, 2010 Haiti was left with the mess from a devastating 7.0 earthquake. It has been almost a month since this tragedy and it is easy to forget of the great need that is still there and the shock has probably already worn off. Haiti was in one of the world’s worst conditions even in the best of times. Eighty percent of Haiti’s 9 million residents live under the poverty line and more than half — 54 percent — live in abject poverty, according to the CIA Factbook. Alot has been done to help the people of Haiti but much is still to be done.
Here is a video from David Platt the Pastor at Brook Hills. It is a great reminder of how we respond to natural disasters. > Click Here for the video.
I’ve also included video from Lecrae with Reach Records. His bible-saturated, Chirst-honring, Gospel-centered lyrics always leave me glorifying God! Below is a video of a song written specifically to raise awareness and money for relief work in the earthquake shattered region, the video features footage from the ground in Haiti and of the recent concert in Minneapolis where $20,000 was raised.
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Just a normal Wednesday night getting ready for ministry activities, then it ended up a not so normal night. This guy was running from the police. He turned into a driveway which then led him to crash into the side of a house hitting a gas meter causing a gas leak. The van then continued into the side of our Worship Center which was occupied by several adults and children.
Upon crashing the vehicle he climbed out the passenger side of the van and attempted to run, which prompted a short foot pursuit. The Sheriff and deputies soon caught up with him and were able to subdue him but not before he became combative and pulled a knife on the officers.
After he was secured in custody, officers turned their attention to the van and its contents, which led to the finding of an active mobile methamphetamine lab.
Last sunday’s sermon was We have a Community in Crises that Christ died for, in the series Beyond These Walls. The call was for us to get beyond our walls with the Gospel and take to those in our community. How ironic is that we have someone nearly knock down our walls who is need of the Gospel. Let’s be sure and pray for him.
Here is the rest of the story.
Pastor shared this with us in our weekly staff meeting this morning. Warning! Extremely challenging.