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5 Reasons Jesus Would Block Someone on Facebook

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Someone said it’s not Christlike to block people on Facebook. What they are saying is that if Christ had Facebook He wouldn’t block people.
I’m not convinced, here are 5 Reasons I am convinced it would be godly at times to block people:

1. Bad Company corrupts good character (1 Cor. 15.33). The Bible teaches that we become like who we hang around with. I don’t want to be around negative, sweary, rude, immature people unless I am ministering to them and helping them. That holds on social media too.

2. Avoid foolish controversies (Titus 3.9). Paul is quite clear there, and sometimes some people just want to argue – all over your timeline.  Sometimes, the only way to obey Titus 3.9 online can be the block button.

3. Flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6.9). Some people are using social media as a pick up joint. You shouldn’t be involved in that, and sometimes we need to run like Jospeh and cut someone o it of our life. 80% of divorces in London have the Word “Facebook” in the filing, do not be part of this statistic.

2. Abstain from the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5.22). Sometimes people are posting things that are evil, and it ends up on your timeline . You shouldn’t be involved in that or let people think you condone it.

1. Romans 16.17

 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned (Romans 16.17, TLB)

That’s part of Scripture. I avoid religiously the people who cause division and obstacles in my way. I just don’t go near them and don’t engage with them, because I believe the Bible. That’s online and offline.

Selah.

Secret of Jesus Success 01: Jesus Grew In Wisdom

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Jesus was a remarkably successful man – He fed 5000 people with a couple of loaves and fish, He regularly healed everyone who came to him, He ministered with life and joy, and He had fun – He laughed and children loved Him! The secret to this success was found in Luke 2.52: Jesus grew in wisdom and favour, and in favour with God and with man.

So Jesus grew in four things, and for the next few blog posts, we will examine these four things:

  1. WISDOM
  2. STATURE (maturity)
  3. FAVOUR WITH GOD
  4. FAVOUR WITH MAN

The sentence could be read: Jesus grew in FAVOUR WITH GOD and FAVOUR WITH MAN because he grew in WISDOM and STATURE.  The key to unlock the favour and let it flow through your life is to grow in wisdom and stature.

We need to get wisdom.  Right now I am on Revelation TV, and I tell you there is great favour with God and man on the TV, and miracles are happening and lives are changing. But we have paid for that through our giving and our faith – I know not many churches could have stepped up the way we did when we did, but it was our wisdom in knowing our faith and sowing work.

WISDOM is our ability to know how things work and WORK THEM. It is practical. It is the correct working of knowledge – it is not bookish, but it is what we do and how we act. The Greek word for wisdom is sophia, and it means to understand how knowledge relates to other knowledge, and the ability to form links between actions and the world around us.

Many people are foolish because they are unable to form links – the girl who goes out clubbing and is foolish with boys and can’t understand how she got pregnant was foolish because she didn’t link her behaviour to consequences. I have seen many people lose their jobs because of foolish behaviour because they didn’t link knowledge together! On the other hand, the people who receive great promotions and great fortunes can link ideas and knowledge together.

Wisdom is also the act of interpreting what is going on around you. It takes wisdom to interpret dreams and visions, but you also need to interpret life. I am wise when it comes to interpreting the flow of the Holy Spirit in a meeting – what is going to happen next, what is the Holy Spirit doing and why, where am I moving now? I can see those things, it is an area in which I have wisdom. You need wisdom in your areas of expertise, in your flow.

Wisdom is also the skilled management of resources – that could be money and time. Many people are late to church every week because they are foolish, they do not know how to manage their time with skill.

Proverbs 1.7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so that is also a massive part of wisdom – learning how to live a God-fearing life. What that is – we will cover in our next post!

10 Superheroes NOT to be this Sunday!

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  1. Captain Whinger
  2. Mr Invulnerable
  3. Major Critic
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. Dr Theologicalhermeuticalphilosophicalobjections
  6. The Incredible Sulk
  7. Mr Offended
  8. The Amazing 20 Minutes Late For No Reason Man
  9. Gossip Girl
  10. Mr Miserly

Any more suggestions?  Let’s hear them below!

12 Reasons You Should Attend Church This Sunday!

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12. There is not one Christian in the New Testament who did not go to church.  There was no-one in the New Testament walking down the beach on Sunday mornings or going down the pub with another Christian and claiming “I don’t go to church, I am the church”.  You have no Biblical example of a Christian who was not a church-goer.

11. Every letter in the New Testament was written to a church or a pastor or elder. There was no communication of Scripture without local church. Imagine the Ephesian church received the letter to the Ephesians and that was the day you stayed at home to find yourself, to have a rest, to watch the football, because you were tired. Imagine missing out on the book of Ephesians being read for the first time.  Church is that important every Sunday!

10. Jesus went to the synagogue as was his custom (Luke 4.16). You are not smarter than Jesus, better than Jesus or more amazing than Jesus.  Jesus consistently gathered in public with the people of God. You should to, if you want to describe yourself as Christ-like. This also takes the sting out of the “I have to agree with the pastor 100% or I am not going” nonsense. I bet Jesus didn’t agree with everything the people said about Isaiah and Hosea, and He wrote them but He still went! That’s a hero, that’s the nature of love.

9. Paul told the Hebrews that they must not forsake assembling.  Assembling is not hanging out with your Christian mates. Assembling is being in the church and being built together, helping one another, loving one another, building one another up and finding your place.

8. The only organization Jesus Christ promised to build on earth and that the gates of hell could not prevail against was and is the church. It’s that simple. Not a Bible College, a conference, a gathering – but church.

7. The only way to mature as a believer and avoid being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine is to be somewhere where there are five-fold ministries bringing equipping and maturity to the saints (Eph. 4.11ff). Many Christians are all over the place because they have never been planted and rooted into a church.

6. Jesus said that people were troubled and helpless because they didn’t have a pastor (Matt. 9.36). It’s amazing how many Christians I meet that don’t go to church who could be utterly summed up as troubled and helpless. I love hearing the stories of people who have come to our church and now walk above their troubles, and have a constant source of help and love at all times.

5. The church is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12.27).  Here is an experiment for you – cut your big toe off (just one of them) and put it in a jar.  After three weeks, compare the big toe attached to your body to the one that you have cut off. Which one is healthier? That is why you need to be at church. Notice that the church is worse off without you, but it will and can survive, you on the other hand – well, go and look at that severed big toe again!

4. D L Moody used the following illustration as to why consistent church attendance was important. He took a coal out of a coal fire, and the fire on the individual piece of coal soon lost it’s flame, whereas the fire made of many coals kept burning fiercely. Being in fellowship with the local church stops your love growing cold.

3. Church makes things real. There is so much phoney in the world today, and Christians can be the worst offenders. I read emails about how much people love Jesus and love God, but if they cannot be part of a family of believers, if they cannot attend a local church, they are flat out liars. That sounds harsh, but it didn’t come from my brain, it came from the apostle of love – 1 John 4.20! The reality of dealing with other people keeps it real, and that’s important!

2. All the believers in Jerusalem were added to the church. That’s the end product of believing to be added to the church. Let the whole process of salvation be complete in you, and be added to a church!

1. 1 Cor. 12.28 tells us God has put the ministry gifts not into a Bible School or conference but into the church. You need God’s gifts in your life, so go to church this Sunday!

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