This week, Matt, the kids and I were in Republic, Missouri. We spent the week with Pastors Chad and Tosha Blansit and Destiny Church…but I’ll have another blog about that trip this week! While we were gone, C3 Church was BLESSED to have Pastor Greg Surratt and his wife, Debbie, here from Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Pastor Greg and Debbie have been great personal friends of mine and Matt’s for many years and Pastor Greg is one of Matt’s overseers in the ARC. We are so thankful for the relationship that we have and the way God has used Pastor Greg and Seacoast Church in our life and in the life of C3!
1. It’s really hard to spot a mature melon just by looking at it. Most of the assumptions we make about other people based on outside appearances are false. We cannot judge another man’s heart or motives.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Ephesians 4:13 (NLT) “… that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.”
2. About the only way to judge the maturity of a melon is to thump it. The way you judge the maturity of your relationship with the Lord is to measure the distance from the “thump” to your faith to your ability to say “God is in this”. The shorter the distance, the more mature in Christ you have become.
Three things that thump our faith…
Romans 5:3-4 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.
Exodus 13:17 (NLT) “When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 8:2 (NLT) “Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands.”
Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) “Jesus – But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”
3. An immature melon will not continue to ripen when it is detached from the vine. As believers, we cannot continue to mature in our relationship with Christ if we disconnect ourselves for a relationship with Him.
John 15:4 (NLT) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.
This weekend’s worship set included…
You Are Good – PlanetShakers
What Joy – Kari Jobe
O Come All Ye Faithful
Take Heart – Hillsong
The Lost Are Found – Hillsong
Run – Hillsong