One Sentence on God’s Will For Your Life

Greetings,

I want to thank so many of you all for coming this past Sunday!  We had a great turnout and a great meal.  Thanks to all who participated with us. 

I could tell by the conversations that followed the message at the meal that it was a very thought provoking message this past Sunday.

The topic was judgment vs. judgmental based on Jesus’ teaching on Matthew 7:1  "Do not judge or else you too will be judged."

We put that side by side with Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6 about judging other believers.

This is a hard line to walk.  Remember to stay in the Bible, allow God to search your own heart first, be humble and recognize that only God can judge 100% correctly.

Also, remember that the judgment (or decisions of church discipline) of believers is an effort that takes place in the context of the church leadership and official channels, not based on individual judgments.

We always do our best to give the benefit of the doubt to individuals whenever possible.  Let us remember Jesus’ caution here that the way we use judgment is the way we too will be judged. 

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?’  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." (Matthew 7:1-5)

Let us make judgments (make decisions about things) when needed without being judgmental (judging harshly and self-righteously).

We are all prone to judgmental attitudes and I believe that is why Jesus is giving us such a strong warning here.

This coming week’s message is:  "One Sentence on God’s Will For Your Life."

The week after that is Advent and we will look at a specific Christmas song’s lyrics each week of Advent.

Remember also that Christmas Eve is soon coming!  Let’s all be praying and inviting people to that service.  I am looking forward to a great Christmas Eve service.

Other upcoming events include:

Deacon’s Meeting tonight at 7

Leadership Team Wednesday at 7

Combined Love Feast at Locust Grove on Sunday November 28 at 7:00 pm.  Please let us know for planning purposes if you are planning to attend.

Also on Thursday December 2 at 7 pm we will kick off our Bible Study on Genesis at the church.

 

Have a great week and hope to see you Sunday.

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

Pastor

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