Posts from April 2018

Posts from April 2018

Why is the church so judgmental?

Why is the church so judgmental?   Sadly, this negative perception of Christians is one of the top 3 most widely held by those outside the Church. Nearly 9 out of 10 young outsiders said that the term judgmental accurately describes present-day Christianity according to David Kinnaman in his book “UnChristian.” The other 2 negative labels on Christians: antihomosexual and hypocritical). How did we get here? How did we get this label? 1 Cor. 6:1-6 Judging one another, the world,…

When do people receive the Holy Spirit?

Full Question: When do people receive the Holy Spirit? If it’s when you’re baptized, what about the people in Acts that had been baptized in the name of Jesus, but didn’t receive the Holy Spirit until the Apostles laid hands on them? Excellent question! You know your Bible too! Let’s start by just talking about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or some say the Holy Ghost. We…

Why does the church look and sound more like the world?

As part of our Tough Questions sermon series, we received this question: Question 1: Why does the church look and sound more like the world (it’s music, dress, message, and results)? I don’t’ think this is so much a question as a statement: The church looks and sounds more like the world! What’s going on?  If we were in a courtroom, the lawyer would object saying, that you are leading the witness! It’s like the question, “So how long have…