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Delight or Drudgery

If our affections are set on the will of God, we must love His will. It is impossible that God’s will should seem hard to a person whose affections are set on it. It may be accompanied with hard things, but in itself it must be a delight. Our Lord could say with the psalmist David, “I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Ps. 40:8), because He was dead to everything that was contrary to His Father’s will. Until our affections are similarly so set on the will of God as to delight in it, we have not “taken up the cross” (Matt. 16:24) in the Scripture sense at all.

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Finding Our Way Back

I think it is profound that the first followers of Jesus were not called Christians, as they are today. They were called “followers of the Way.” First-century historian Luke wrote about this no fewer than six times (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22).3 Luke described these men and women as “Christians” only one time, in Acts 11:26. I’m not advocating that we change our collective name, but I do wonder if we’ve lost something important in straying from that original expression the early followers of Jesus used to define themselves. To lose your way can mean only one thing: You’re lost.

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The Purpose of the Church

To Him be glory in the church.
Ephesians 3:21
If you were to survey a group of people and ask them to name the primary purpose of the church, you would probably get a variety of answers.
Some might suggest that the church is a place to form friendships with godly people. It’s where believers strengthen each other in faith and where love is cultivated and shared.
Others might suggest that the mission of the church is teaching the Word, training believers for various responsibilities, and instructing children and young people with the purpose of helping them mature in Christ.

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