The Church’s #1 Selling Point is Rarely Mentioned

We tell people that Jesus loves them. It’s true. We tell them that in Christ, there is no condemnation and no fear of judgment. Also true. We tell them that eternal life is only found in Christ. Yet again, true.

While these truths address our eternity, they do little to convey the immediate need for a Savior.

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The Gospel does so much more than save our souls. It is freedom from sin. Oftentimes we can be quick to tell another, “You need Jesus,” (hopefully in a more roundabout way than that, if we’re at least somewhat tactful). But what do we expect that to mean to someone with no point of reference for what He actually offers? Let’s try addressing the elephant in the room: their sin. Not in a condemning or judgmental way. After all, Jesus is the only one qualified to throw stones, and yet He doesn’t. Do we have friends with self-destructing (or worse, family-destructing) habits or addictions? Let’s meet them where they’re at… let’s empathize with their situation, and rather than merely tell them that Jesus loves them, let’s communicate to them that the reason they cannot stop doing what is killing them is because Jesus is the only one capable of unlocking the prison gates.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

#givemejesus

 

Stop Running From Sin

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If our focus is on obeying God and avoiding sin, we will do neither very well. We will eventually give them up altogether, or we will begin twisting scriptures in order to justify our failures.

Focus on His Grace. Meditate on Him. Tell Him you love Him, repeatedly. Get close to Him. Press in. Holiness is only achieved through close proximity to Jesus. If His Grace is the only thing that can save us, surely it is the only thing that can sanctify us. So stop running from sin, and run to Jesus.

#givemejesus

Vintage on Broad – featured on American Pickers and Tickle

If you are ever in the Altavista VA area, make sure you visit Dennis and Edie DeLappe at Vintage on Broad. They’re some of our best friends and they’ve seriously got some awesome antiques. They can even tell you the history behind some if it. And other than antiques, they spend a bit of time restoring old pieces of furniture while keeping the #rustic / antique-y look. Dennis & Edie’s shop has even been on featured on American Pickers and  Tickle. Not Bad!