In community, we are invited to deal with our own idols, our own mess, and sometimes to gently invite others to root out their own idols as well.
The way of repentance leads to the fullness of life in Christ, even to entire sanctification.
God doesn’t only want us to be good. He doesn’t only want us to do great things. He wants to give us deep faith so we can go far.
Worship cuts off the process of idolatry and allows us to turn back to our good Creator.
We need people in our lives to journey with us in order that we may “watch over one another in love” between our Sundays and other times of worship.
John Wesley often said that he instituted bands among the people called Methodist in order to create a setting where James 5:16 could be practiced and lived out.
Jesus connects the mission of the church, the reception of the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness. He makes forgiveness what the church, the community of disciples, does in the world.
Forgiveness is reconciliation, the beginning of intimacy with God. That relationship saves us, by degrees, to become the love that has saved us.
Most of us spend our lives trying to search out the dimmest light. We want to be noticed, but not too clearly. Watch the video of Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson discussing the band meeting.
Could it be that the problem facing the church is much larger and more significant than has typically been realized? Maybe the simplest way to put it is that we are all addicts.