Christianity Ain’t a Religion

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we delved into how to get more Bibleishness into our lives. Next, we boiled the Bible down to one noun: JESUS. Then one verb: LOVE. And then the job description for every Christian: BELIEVE. And yesterday we discussed the only thing that matters, according to the Bible: FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF IN LOVE.

Today, we’ll focus on another big-picture word: RELATIONSHIP.

At its , Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship. We can actually know God.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean following a bunch of rules and regulations. It means being part of the most loving family in the history of the universe. The Bible says:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We continue LOVE-O-RAMA 2017 with:

GOD’S ADVICE FOR RELATIONSHIPS

Someone shared the following verses with my wife and me at a point in our marriage when we weren’t be all that LOVE-ly to one another:

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything …

Yes! I remember thinking. If only she would do everything I say, our lives would be a whole lot better. But, unfortunately, there was more.

Meet Together

workout-newWe’re kicking off the year with the official GUWG 2017 Spiritual Workout to help us all train for the Big Race.

Today’s topic? MEET Together.

I love these verses:

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them. (Matthew 18:20)

When I look back over my life, most of the stupid stuff I did happened when I was alone. God knows that we’re weakest when we’re by ourselves — that’s why he designed other human beings.

Consider the Trinity for a moment. It’s a beautiful picture of how relationships are supposed to be. Father, Son and Holy Spirit — three who live in such a tight, loving community that they’re truly ONE.

It’s a love party. God loves to hang out with us. And God loves it when we hang out with others. Our relationships should reflect the love and unity that’s in the Trinity. So …

MEET TOGETHER.
PLEASE.

Wisdom Week: Relationships

It’s WISDOM WEEK here on GUWG, where we’re probing the practical principles of Proverbs.

Today’s topic? Relationships.

Here’s a trio of “friendly” Proverbs:

Proverb of the Week

Here’s this week’s Proverb . . .

As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
(Proverbs 27:17)

God designed us for relationships. People need people.

But let’s be honest. Sometimes people can be a pain. They can rub us the wrong way. Sparks can fly.

Sometimes we just want to be alone. And on those all-too-rare occasions when we step away from the computer, turn off the TV and unplug the iPod, we often seek out people who will flatter us or agree 100% with everything we say.

Stay sharp. Surround yourself with people who will challenge you and tell you the truth. And then do the same for them. In a world full of deception, sometimes that’s exactly what we need.

SHARPEN YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Get Together

For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them. Matthew 18:20

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

When I look back over my life, most of the stupid stuff I did happened when I was alone. God knows that we’re weakest when we’re by ourselves — that’s why he designed other human beings.

Consider the Trinity for a moment. It’s a beautiful picture of how relationships are supposed to be. Father, Son and Holy Spirit — three people who live in such tight, loving community that they’re truly one.

It’s a love party. God loves to hang out with us. And God loves it when we hang out with others. Our relationships should reflect the love and unity that’s in the Trinity.

Here’s a dumb but relatively meaningful example from my own life. A few years ago, I would have wasted the next half hour watching SportsCenter by myself. Instead, I’m getting together with a group of guys to help comfort a friend whose brother just passed away. God will be there with us.

HANG OUT WITH GOD AND OTHERS