As followers of Christ, God has intended that we live out our journey of faith in fellowship with other believers. We are not made to live out our faith alone! That is why God designed the church. It is a place for you to fulfill God’s purpose for your life in a family of other believers.
Recently a visitor to our church commented how welcomed they felt the first time they attended Watermark Church. People respond positively when they are noticed by others, loved and accepted for who they are and where they are in life. That is how friends treat each other.
The starting point to Christian influence, credibility and being a “light” to a lost and dying world is to LOVE one another as Christ loves us. As the verses posted above state, without love, my words of witness sound merely like a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. But with love, especially for one another, we distinguish ourselves uniquely and undeniably as followers of Jesus.
This Monday, Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the Civil Rights movement. My friend and mentor, John Hopler, has a practice of using this day as a day of study and reflection, to examine his own heart and to grow in love towards those whose race is different than his. In his study, he has been encouraged to see how much the civil rights movement was motivated by people who loved Jesus Christ.
Jesus has given His church – has given us – a compelling mission, a MAIN THING: to go, tell others of the love of Jesus and make disciples! The challenge for every church is to “keep the main thing the main thing!”
It's a new year—and God wants to do new things in each of our lives. Here are some encouraging quotes on being transformed by God, compiled by my friend and mentor, John Hopler. May 2019 be a year where you experience the powerful transforming work of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ.
As the new year approaches, setting personal goals for your health, relationships, career or finances is a common practice for many people! For example, health club and fitness center memberships swell as people resolve to discipline their bodies, in order to feel, look and last better. Have you thought about setting goals in your spiritual life? These 5 spiritual disciplines listed below are helpful habits to help us grow and “bear fruit” as followers of Christ.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
Here are some encouraging quotes about being born again through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for forgiveness of our sins.
What is the purpose or mission of our church? Simply put, it is to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ. As a member of the church, or the body of Christ, this has implications for your purpose in life as well! For you are on a mission from God and for God!
One of my goals each day is to be a better listener. It is a great demonstration of loving others. Here are some quotes compiled by John Hopler to help us value the art of listening.
Solitude, like prayer and Bible study, is a spiritual discipline that allows us to ask the God of the universe to search our hearts and examine our lives, thoughts, actions and speech. God knows us better than we know ourselves! Nothing catches our heavenly Father off guard.
The basic cause of conflicts among us is selfishness. The cause of selfishness is pride. There can be no unity or joy in the life of the Christian who puts himself above others. Yet there is great joy and unity when we defer to the interests of others.
The first story we read in the gospels about Jesus as an adult is His baptism. The last thing Jesus said to His disciples before ascending into heaven was the Great Commission, stating that they should go throughout the world making disciples and baptizing them. Baptism is obviously a very important activity in the New Testament. Several members of Watermark Church are going to be baptized this Sunday. Let me know if you are interested in being baptized this Sunday! Here are a few biblical insights regarding being baptized.
To follow Christ means choosing to put Christ first in every area of your life. After all, He loved us to the point of dying on the cross. Now our response to Him is to give Him our love and devotion. One important way to put Christ first in your life is to put Christ first in your finances.
The apostle Paul informed the churches in Macedonia of a financial need that arose in the church in Jerusalem. As we continue our Sunday morning series of messages on Stewardship, there are six observations about the Macedonian Church which we can learn from in the passage above.
An amazing truth in life is this - we reap what we sow! What a remarkable principle to help you determine your “return on life.” Instead of holding on to all God’s blessings, Jesus invites us to invest all God has blessed us with in our lives for the sake of the Kingdom, to get the most return on the one life we have.
This week, I would like to forward to you a message from Robbie McAlister, a friend of mine and a pastor and missionary who is in Greece, ministering at a refugee camp there. In this letter sent originally to my friend John Hopler, you will be touched by Robbie’s heart—his compassion for people and His love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
One aspect of being a disciple is being a good steward of all God has entrusted me with. These include my time, my personality, my strengths and abilities, my finances and the things I own. Stewardship can be defined as the management of my God-given resources for His glory and the good of others.
As we wrap up our series on prayer, I have added a blog by Tom Short to this week’s newsletter on Praying Without Ceasing. Enjoy!