We live in a time when a predominant belief is that each person gets to determine what is right and wrong. To some, the belief that God has a standard of truth and morality is archaic. But what do you do when someone’s standard causes harm to you or others? Things like sex trafficking or abuse of children outrages us, and most people would admit that those things are definitely wrong. There has to be a line drawn somewhere as to what is right behavior, but the problem is defining where that line is drawn.
Recently, I heard love defined as “protecting and providing for another.” Since God is loving (Psalm 86:15, 1 John 4:8), any command that comes from him will be rooted in love and is designed to protect and provide for us. God is also the all-powerful creator of all, and understands what is best for his creations. There’s an incredible continuity throughout the whole Bible, with God revealing his love and purposes to mankind from start to finish. The apostle Paul wrote,
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Are there parts of the bible, maybe God’s commands or promises, that are difficult for you to accept and submit too?
Spend time right now praying and asking God to help you understand and accept these challenging areas.
1. Pray for those in our congregation who are facing medical challenges and sickness. Pray for healing and perseverance in trials.
2. Pray that we are able to utilize our database efficiently to create a strong follow up system for first-time guests, those looking for groups, and serving opportunities requests.
3. Pray for our Guest Experience Team as they serve to make people welcomed and cared-for as well to have a great experience at Venture. May this lead people to get connected at Venture. This is one of the first steps of discipleship.