As important as it is for parents, grandparents, and other older members of the faith community to pass down faith, it is also equally vital for faith to be passed the other way.
To put it simply, we are to be encouraging each other. We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to lift each other up, not erect walls that separate us. It is not wonder that encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts which Paul mentions in Romans 12:7-8.
I know what you're thinking. "Woah, Josh, slow down. Lessons from hip-hop in the church? Have you heard the lyrics in music?" I know what you're thinking, but hear me out.
Paul tells us in Philippians 1:27 to "live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." What is a life worthy of the gospel of Christ? How do we live that way? Read my message of Philippians 1:27-2:11 titled "Living a Worthy Life."
Do you know what blows my mind? Jesus tells us "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad" (Matt 5:11-2, NRSV). Paul seems to be saying the same thing in Philippians 1:29. James is telling us that in James 1:2-4 and Peter says it in 1 Peter 3:14. Why is persecution a blessing or a good thing? Well, there are a number of things I can tell you, but one of the positives of persecution is that it bears witness to our faith.
For years now the church has been focusing on reaching Millennials. This is not a bad thing, as they are now the largest generation in the working force, but what about Generation Z? Generation Z, also known as iGeneration, Homeland Generation, Centennials, and Post-Millennials, is on pace to surpass my Millennial Generation in population very soon. So who is Generation Z and how do we reach them?
Today we announced that we are leaving Court Drive. It was the hardest day I have had the last 2 years. It is bittersweet, but rather than goodbye, maybe it is better to be viewed as a see you around. Writing this brings tears to my eyes, it is not easy by any means. But as a wise person told me the other day when we spoke, "because it is hard means it was good." I hope our 2 years together was as good for you in your walk with Christ and friendship with us as it has been for us.