Have you ever wished that God gave you a specific to-do list on how to live according to his will?  In a way 1 Thessalonians 5:11-23 does just that.  It outlines specific ways that we should act if we are saved.  These can all be under the general be said to be traits of our sanctification (4:3).

There are a variety of applications that can be drawn from this list.  If we look at them all together we notice that many of these applications directly require other people

I think that this highlights our need for community and relationships.  Yes, we do need to be in deep, real relationship with God (V16-22) but we also need one another.  God has designed us to be living for Him together.  Without each other, it would be incredibly difficult to live the life God has laid out for you.

This means a) being part of a bible-believing church. If you are not part of one, I highly encourage you to become part of one.  b) be in regular, open, relationships with non-christian friends.

Both types of community are required for us to fulfill Gods will.  Which are you missing?


Christianity is a Crutch

What is faith good for?  When  you ask people, you are likely to get a variety of different answers.  One thing that might be common among those answers may be something like “I  can lean on my God when I, otherwise, wouldn’t make it through.”

I think that any Christian can recall a time when that was true for them.  I had a professor in college that, when talking about her marriage has said that leaning on God is the only reason that their marriage is still together.  Without Him, marriage would be to hard.

A friend of mine when I was younger was very upset, feeling depressed, and I remember talking to him while he seemed to be at his end.  Simply talking about our faith in God gave him the strength to carry on and look past the struggles of the moment.

I often need to rely on God when I feel anxious or afraid, remembering that He is in control.

Being able to reply on God is great, but when you ask someone that is not a Christian why they do not want to have this faith, they may respond that faith is a crutch.  That we only lean on our faith because we cannot do it alone.

Though I have thought about this at length, the only good reply I have to the notion that faith is a crutch is: yes, it is.

I may lean on God when I feel anxious or afraid, but that is because without him, I would remain anxious and afraid.  Without Faith, my friend would remain upset and depressed and my professor would likely struggle in marriage.  Yes, Christianity is a crutch.  It helps us sinfully crippled people move forward; “for a crippled person there is one thing worse than a crutch, after all – no crutch.” (Philip Yancy, Reaching for the Invisible God)

Original Content posted by Dan Buckley on Oct 5, 2015