Shut Your Face

James, the BROTHER of Jesus had some incredibly strong words about the power of what comes out of our mouths.  Throughout human history, just about every major conflict there ever was started with one common denominator…words.  In fact, something seemingly so innocent such as our speech has the capacity to undermine every major goal, hope, or life dream you or I might ever have.

James goes as far as to say that the tongue is so powerful, it is IMPOSSIBLE to tame…

So if that’s true, how do we avoid being a victim of our lips?  How do we safeguard against such a powerful force in our life?  Maybe instead of trying to tame this beast…we should just avoid letting it out of it’s cage altogether…

#shutyourface

By Invitation Only

peopleThe early church used an insanely simple method for reaching and attracting new followers…they simply invited them.  See, throughout the gospels, and even the early part of the book of Acts, we don’t see followers of Jesus bending over backwards trying to convince people to follow Jesus.  In fact, rarely do we see them even trying to explain who He was.  They very simply INVITED them to come, and experience Him for themselves.

This simplistic method was taken right out of the playbook of Jesus himself.  Whenever, Jesus was recruiting followers, he simply INVITED them to follow Him, with little to no explanation on the front end at all.

But throughout the course of time, the church has done what the church does best…and that’s way overcomplicate this very simple model of evangelism.  In fact, we’ve made it almost a requirement to have all the right answers and to know all the right methods in order to share our faith.  But the reality is, all we need to be an effective evangelist, is the willingness to extend a very simple invitation, an invitation for people to come and experience it for themselves…

Consistently extending this invitation is ultimately how we change the world…or at least it’s How HE did.

Generosity is SO Unnatural…

Western culture SCREAMS at us that we are supposed to organize our lives around our resources.  So when we find ourselves in a season of plenty, we still feel ok, no matter what else may seem to be falling apart.  Yet, when we find ourselves in a season of financial want, our minds fill with worry and tension, even if everything else seems to be going right.

This is why we naturally tend to order our lives around POSSESSION.  We try to gain and keep as much as we can as quick as we can for ourselves…because our resources act as our security blanket.  The more we acquire, the more comfortable we become.

It’s also why GENEROSITY is so unnatural, and why it has to be intentionally worked at.  We naturally feel like we are LOSING security when we are sacrificially generous.

But even though it’s not natural, according to Jesus, living generously is actually a much “HAPPIER” way to live.  And personally, I’m always prone to listen to the advice of the guy who died and got back up.

So check out this weeks teaching from Hope City Church as we walk through how to intentionally BE generous…