A Slave By Any Other Name

Most folks don't think of being a slave when presented with the American big-box church gospel.

Mostly, you get a self-help version of "Law Light" -- something along the lines of "Choose Jesus, he's the very best life program out there!" And then you're handed a set of do's and don'ts and told to get on after it, with as much enthusiasm as you can muster. Pay no mind to the steady line of people falling out the back door.

What the Apostle Paul calls us to is radically different. His gospel encourages belief in the face of complete un-believability.

God has promised to completely forgive all debit: past, present, and future. Every sin causes a debit before God, and we rack it up each day. So completely has He forgiven us in Christ we can hardly believe it; even when we knowingly, with forethought, our eyes wide open for the umpteenth time...FORGIVEN! Exonerated, debit wiped clean. Unbelievable.

Wait -- what's the catch? Well, there is no catch, and that's the problem -- we don't live in a world like that -- but thankfully neither does our Father who is in heaven.

In Romans chapter 6, verses 16-19, Paul explains it this way: You and I were born into a life of slavery. We are born slaves to sin or debit. When we are in Christ, we are still slaves, but to a different master...still slaves, and as far as I know, being a slave is never an easy life.

You were once a slave to death. You reaped pain, and struggle, and racked up more and more and more debit you could not pay. In Christ, you are a slave to righteousness. In believing what God has said about you, you can now present yourself to Him as a slave to right living. You still have pain and struggle, but no more debit of sin. We present ourselves daily to God as good, or as bad, but always as slaves to the work of crafting our lives so they may please Him.

So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ tremble, fearful of a master who can no longer touch them, fearing a debit that does not exist, a debit that has been paid eternally and in full.

We should first and foremost ask God to show us His great and precious promises just as they are in the Bible. Then, through prayer and purposeful action, present yourself to God as a slave to right living. And when you fail, no matter how badly or frequently, run to God and ask for his aid to understand why you have failed. God is not like our earthly masters. He won't fly off the handle.

He paid the price so you can come to Him in love and peace for healing. So come to Him in love and peace! Come to Him every day, if necessary, over and over again.

It will prove something amazing to you: you really do believe His promise.

Mission,

To introduce or reintroduce everyone who have suffered from life issues back into a healthy and vibrant lifestyle of service and understanding, either for the first time or once again. and to include the entire body of believers in the overall healing process. Avoiding the unbiblical separation that happened between the body of believers and those who attend groups such as these.

To create a community of service-minded biblically sound believers who understand “who they are In Christ”.

 

  1. A small group that meets every Friday evening at the church and uses our program to help discuss issues and encourage each other to seek biblical understanding into our true identity In Christ.
  2. One Friday a month, as a part of the overarching program this group will be involved in some type of outreach to the church. The goal is to share our new identities completely devoid of our particular issues that are discussed in the small group.
  3. Sponsor families (or single persons) are asked to become a part of the overall healing process. Sponsors are introduced to group members and become their partners in the healing process, through ongoing interaction with “regular” church members (who have had a small amount of training) group members and sponsors are given an opportunity to share in the common struggles of the Christian life. Our overall focuses is NOT on a person’s particular issue (incorrect labels or identities) but on our new identity In Christ, an identity of service to others, sacrificing one’s own desires, and showing the hands of Jesus to others.
  4. Sponsor families (or single persons) are given an opportunity to serve a struggling brother or sister in an intimate way, building trust and commonality. The goal is to break down the separation that is almost always associated with theses types of ministries. We believe that In Christ our identity has nothing to do with what we have or have not done. We believe that all who trust Christ are “Adopted sons & daughters together in one Family.
  5. One Friday each quarter (four times a year) the group will hold a dinner/coffee/get to gather of some kind to share with the church as a whole what we have been up to, our triumphs and our needs. This will be a time of service to the fellowship of believers as a whole, to show our gratitude for all the church as meant to us. Also the goal is to insure that every member of the church is given an invitation to become involved should they feel called to do so, it will also help to confirm group members there rightful place in the body of Christ completely a part from there past deeds.