Who did Jesus eat with?

I was combing through notes in the back of my Bible and came across these from  a recent Sunday evening sermon by Jake Grogan.  I thought these straightforward points have a lot of bearing on our everyday lives and are worth thinking on again.

  • Jesus ate with SINNERS (Luke 15).
  • Jesus ate with SNOBS (Luke 14).
  • Jesus ate with SAINTS (last supper, marriage supper of the Lamb).

I asked myself these questions: Who am I planning to eat with?  Who would feel comfortable at my table?  Who wouldn’t?  Will anyone have found their seat at the great table in heaven because they first ate at my table?

Eat Food, Grow Relationships, Give the Gospel

Some of Jesus best Gospel messages didn’t come in a formal, monologue format. Many of His best Gospel messages came around the dinner table.

Matthew 9:9-12  And as Jesus…saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Continue reading

10 Ideas on Loving Your Neighbors to Christ

Summer is a great time to build your relationships with your neighbors. The dark and cold months of winter  are gone. The summer months allow for getting to know those families who live on either side of you. We must be intentional about beginning and maintaining redemptive relationships. If you have additional ideas add them to the comment section below.

  1. Acknowledge their presence.
    Smile at them as you’re mowing your lawn or taking the trash out. It’s amazing how easy it is to “live in our own world” without acknowledging another person’s physical presence. We may wonder why that neighbor won’t let me talk to them about their soul, but when reality is lived out we barely recognize their presence. Continue reading

Preparing for a New Member – part 4

babyThis is the fourth and final part of the series – Preparing for a New Member. We’ve compared the welcoming of a new child into a family similar to the welcoming of a guest into a church family. There are three phases of welcoming a guest into our church family: preparation, process and finally, the product.

The preparation deals primarily with how we as a church family can prepare both our church facility and ourselves with having guests at our church. The process went into specific details of we can best make a guest feel at ease during a service at Bethel. The product is the third and final step as we seek to disciple people to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. We must never back down from the truth that this happens through the local church. Continue reading

Preparing for a New Member – part 3

babyWhen I began this series I likened the welcoming of a newborn child into a family, similar to the welcoming of a guest to our church. There are three phases of welcoming a guest into our church family: preparation, process and product. The preparation has to do with what we as a church family can do to prepare to welcome a guest.

The process identifies what we as a church family can do to move a first-time guest into a second time attendee and further along into Bethel life and culture. Do you remember what it was like when you first attended Bethel? Continue reading

Preparing for a New Member – part 2

babyAs my wife and I prepared for our new addition to our family we would have loved to build a new room perfect for our newborn, but that would have been impossible. Instead we chose to prepare and do the very best with the baby room that we could possibly do. The room may not have had the newest drywall, but we did make sure it got a fresh coat of paint. The crib isn’t brand new, but I repaired it to make sure that it operated correctly. We got new sheets and curtains to freshen up the room.

When I began this series I likened the welcoming of a newborn child into a family, similar to the welcoming of a guest to our church. There are three phases of welcoming a guest into our church: preparation, process and… Continue reading

Preparing for a New Member – part 1

babyFor the past nine months now our family has eagerly anticipated welcoming the newest Mosier into our family. We are intense about making sure that the environment that we’re bringing this new one into is ideal. We’ve prepared by painting walls, installing new blinds and curtains, piecing a crib together, organizing clothes and have even come to agreement on his name. We’ve decided that dirty diapers, late night/early morning cry sessions, burping and care 24/7 is worth being a part of the little one’s life. We  have thought through the minutest of details to make sure that the baby room is arranged in a way that is best for raising this baby. We’re convinced that the preparation and the process of delivering is worth the final product of a newborn. As I’ve thought through this process my mind has often been drawn to the analogy of inviting family, friends, co-workers into our church for the purpose of them becoming part of our church family. Continue reading