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Fasting

Fasting

Do you take fasting seriously?

Many professing Christians do not.  While many will indeed make a few dietary adjustments during the lenten season in obedience to their church, it seems that few engage in voluntary seasons of serious self-denial and intense prayer.

If more Christians did take fasting seriously, their prayers would be more fervent and efficacious, their bodies would be more healthy and lean, and the kingdom of God would exercise greater authority and power on the earth.

God calls you to take fasting seriously:

For after Jesus’ disciples asked him about the weakness of their ministry, he explained, “Because of your unbelief; assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind [of demon] does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:20-21)


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Fellowship

Fellowship

Do you take fellowship seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed “hang around” for a few minutes after worship or even visit a fellow church member on occasion, the concept of fellowship has been largely lost in our self-serving, oft-isolated, and radically-individualistic culture.

If more Christians realized that they were truly in fellowship with one another as members of the same body, they would spend more time together and cooperate together as each member does its share in the work of ministry; thereby enabling the body to grow up in all things.

God calls you to take fellowship seriously:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)


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Membership

Membership

Do you take membership seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, modern evangelicals approach the Church of Jesus Christ as they would any other commodity in this consumer-driven, overly-commercialized, and abusively-capitalistic culture.

If more Christians took church membership seriously (and stopped shopping around from church to church), they would commit themselves to a local church through covenant promises and be loathe to forsake that commitment unless absolutely (i.e., doctrinally) necessary.

God calls you to take membership seriously:

“We urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you…” (1 Thess. 5:12) “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17)


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Discipline

Discipline

Do you take church discipline seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact many (if not most) have never even heard of the concept. Even if they have, it seems that most dismiss the practice as out-dated, unfair, and out-of-place in our luke-warm and laissez-faire culture.

If more Christians did take church discipline seriously, they would be far more faithful in their own walk with the Lord and their churches would not be filled with worldlings, false-professors, fornicators, heretics, and schismatics.

God calls you to take church discipline seriously:

“I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person…” rather,  “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (2 Cor. 5:11, 4-5)


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Giving

Giving

Do you take giving seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most church-goers will indeed “put something” in the offering plate when it passes by, it seems that few have taken seriously God’s claims over their power to make wealth and their duty to honor him with their wealth.

If more Christians took this seriously, they would be far more diligent in seeking employment and increase. They would also seek first the kingdom of God and its further advancement on earth by faithfully offering their tithes and cheerful offerings.

God calls you to take giving seriously:

“For this I say to you: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)


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Missions

Missions

Do you take missions seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most Christians will indeed attend occasional missionary presentations in the local church and even offer financial support when encouraged to do so, it seems that most Christians have lost the missionary vision and zeal of the early church.

If more Christians did take missions seriously, they would regard the nations as Christ’s inheritance, remember missionaries daily in their prayers, and support missionaries through regular financial giving (ensuring that missionaries don’t have to spend six months of the year off the mission field fund-raising).

God calls you to take missions seriously:

For Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” and “You shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)


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