Growing Beyond Obligation

A Powerful Transition

When new converts first come to Christ there is a transitional period of change between the old life and a new life in Christ. This can be a difficult period as many things which defined who a person was, ways they enjoyed spending their time, habits and behaviors all must be either reevaluated or replaced by something holy and wholesome. In truth, this process never really ends and lasts throughout the Christian walk, but its biggest impact should come at the time of conversion.

In God We Trust

Trust Comes Slowly

Trust is something that is not easily given, especially in a world made more cynical by people exhibiting untrustworthy behavior. For many, the choice to trust someone else requires that the trust be earned, and wisely so. The building of goodwill with a good history of behavior is more a part of our culture than one might at first realize. For instance, consider why credit scores exist and are checked before a credit line is issued, or why a person’s job history is reviewed before hiring.

Protecting the Future

A Risky World

The world is a place full of risk, be it financial risk, emotional risk, or physical risk. There is no guarantee that the world will remain the same for everyone tomorrow or the next day. The unforeseeable can cause concern and worry, leading to the need for a form of protection of the future.

The Uncompromising Jesus Christ

Packaging

In the world of marketing, many factors are considered when presenting a particular product or message to the public. At the forefront of these factors lies the interest in understanding the audience, and tailoring the presentation to be the most effective with that audience. This process (sometimes called “packaging”) can be very successful in presenting a product in an attractive and exciting way.

Responding to the Invitation

A Common Practice

At the conclusion of most lessons presented on a Sunday morning or evening worship, there is the common practice of the invitation. This invitation encourages those who have questions, special needs or concerns to publicly share them, many times in light of the message that was just presented. The response is not to any person or the church herself, but instead to God and His Word.