Free to Serve

We’ve been studying Galatians in our student ministry, and the main focus has been on the Freedom we have in Christ.

In this video, I talk a little about what we studied last Sunday in Galatians 5 and how it pulls against our culture and everything we have been taught as well as everything we are accustomed to doing.

Who will you intentionally serve this week?

Using Your Talents for the Kingdom

I believe that God gave us all individual talents and abilities and that all of those talents and abilities can be used to further His mission of making a people for Himself. God has placed interests in each one of us, and if we choose to use those interests to bring people closer to Jesus, we will be fulfilling our purpose on earth.

And it doesn’t just have to be a ministry that is recognized at church. I’m talking about skateboarding, baking, playing sports, making videos, creating content, painting, and all sorts of other things.

Need Wisdom?

Life often throws us into situations that require incredible wisdom. We don’t always know what to do. The Bible gives us some clear instructions about what to do when we need wisdom.

I talk about it in the video below, but in short form, there are three basic things…

  1. Ask God for Wisdom: James 1:5 tells us that if we need wisdom we should ask God, and since He is generous, He will give us wisdom when we ask.
  2. Seek Wisdom in God’s Word: Proverbs 2:6 says that knowledge and understanding come from God’s mouth. The Bible is the Word of God. We can be sure that we can get knowledge and understanding (wisdom) when we seek it in His Word.
  3. Seek Counsel from Wise Counselors: The book of Proverbs says time and time again that in a multitude of counselors there is safety. When we need wisdom, it is a good idea to seek counsel, or advice, from others. We should always compare their advice to what the Bible says, but we can learn a lot from those who are wise (Check out this video, too: He who walks with wise men will be wise).

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

How Should Christians Relate to Each Other?

Jesus clearly desired for unity and love to be on display in the lives of His disciples. He prayed that they would be one. He gave them a new commandment to love one another. He even told them that their love for each other would be a defining factor in showing that they were His disciples.

The unity and love of His disciples was something that was incredibly important to Jesus.

Paul takes that idea and describes it in vivid detail in Colossians 3. The love that people have for God will manifest itself in the way they relate to other believers. Here’s a summary of the sermon I preached about this topic. I hope it encourages you to love others and live in unity with them.

I’d love it if you left a comment on the video on my YouTube channel. Thanks!

Paul’s Sermon on Mars Hill

I preached at church yesterday about how Paul interacted with the culture in Athens in Acts 17.

Here’s a summary video from my sermon:

If you’d like to watch the whole thing, check it out on Vimeo by clicking here.

Also, I made a video about the story behind the “Unknown God” part of the Acts 17 narrative. I’d love for you to check that out on YouTube.

The Thing that Changes Us

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video from YouTube here, but I have been posting frequently there. I’m not sure if I will always post the videos here or if I will just post them every once in a while.

I’m pleased with how this video turned out, so I’m definitely posting it here. It’s all about what changes us as people and makes our lives into great stories. It also has a lot to do with what we’re going through right now in our family and church.

Watch it below or on YouTube.