The set list from this weekend:
We had a guest speaker this weekend, Gary Kinnaman. Â Gary brought a very encouraging and challenging message. Â One thing in particular that stood out to me was research done by The Barna Institute (where Gary’s son is one of the top guys now.) Â They had a series of questions that identified people as biblical “Born Again” Christians. Â At the end of their research, there were 3 identifiable differences between “Born Again” Christians and non-Christians:
- They go to church
- They give money to a church
- They have more bibles in their homes than non-ChristiansÂ
Other than these 3 things, there was no other difference in the lives of Christians. Â Gary spoke about how it seems that most people today are in pursuit of happiness, and not really in pursuit of God’s blessings. Â At the close of the service, Gary gave an invitation for people to make a spiritualÂ commitmentÂ and accept Christ into their lives. Â Both services there were 10-15 people who raised their hands…..a huge reason to celebrate and worship!!!
You’ll be able to hear Gary’s message on the Living Streams Website within the next week. Â I highly recommend checking it out if you weren’t there. Â Gary will also be teaching a series on Wednesday nights at Living Streams for the next 7 weeks. Â It’s called “ESSENTIALS: What Every Serious Christian Should Know.”
Gary visited one of our staff meetings a couple months back, and he talked about how there are so many Christians who don’t have a good grasp on the foundations of our faith and spiritual walk. Â I’m planning to attend, and will be encouraging all the people involved in our Worship Arts department to attend Gary’s classes as a refresher course and encouragement to go deeper in our walk with God.