God’s Word tells us that through Christ we have been called out of darkness and into the Light. This means turning from ungodly aspects of our life and replacing them with Biblical living. This is a lifelong process – which we do together with lifelong friends.
The first step towards full devotion is acknowledging that we all have the need to repent. Each person must repent of their own sin. At the same time, we are a repentant people. Repentance is the great equalizer – everyone must do it.
Colossians 3:23 – Who or what gets our best effort? One way we demonstrate our devotion to Christ is through the excellence with which we serve Him. Excellence doesn't mean we're performing, it means we're transforming. God sent us His best - why would we give Him less?
Philippians 3:7-8 – Our devotion to Christ puts us at odds with the culture. Yet, as Christians, we know it's normal. This week we acknowledge that being in step with Christ often means being out of step with the world.
Acts 10:34-36 - In today's society there is an "us/them mentality". Sadly, as Christians, we're not immune from this same tendency. Yet Scripture is clear that God shows no favoritism. All people matter to Him. This weekend we revisit our commitment to reach out to all people to move to repentance.