Husbanding to the Glory of God
The impact of marriage in the context of the Christian life can never be overstated. We know that marriage is not the standard for every Christian. God can use our single brothers and sisters powerfully; but that every marriage with at least one Christian in it has a giant target on it, and the enemy’s sights focused on that target.
The question is not whether you want to be in true community. The question is whether you want to follow Jesus, whether you really want to be more like Jesus. The people of God are ‘a people’, and if you are a sincere Christ-follower, you are called to join in the messiness with people who are not like you, who challenge you, who force you to grow, who take you out of your traditional way of thinking and feeling, who can bless you if you let them, but who will hurt you and require your forgiveness too.
Making the invitation TO Jesus as we invite people to church requires clarity about what we are really doing. But what is also important about the invitation is that it is DIVINE. The work of God is behind it.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Becoming a new creation seems to mean that we live in a new way.
We are looking at 1 Peter and in this book Peter is writing to Christ-followers who are estranged from the culture around them. The people around them are NOT Christ-followers, so the people of God have a different sense of identity, different standards of living than the culture they are in. Peter writes to these fellow believers to encourage them.
1 Peter 2
A building on a faulty foundation is dangerous. Anything with a weak foundation is vulnerable. How much more a LIFE with a faulty foundation?