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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

Sex Education

As promised we wanted to give all of the parents in our congregation some tools to help you deal with your children regarding the issue of sex. The staff at Cowboy Fellowship realizes that this is a difficult subject for both parents and children to discuss.  However, this is one of the most important topics for families today.  With the endless temptations and sexual myths that have invaded our society, we desperately need to help protect our children.  It is tempting to lock them in their rooms and seclude them from the world for 20-30 years (LOL) but of course that is not practical.  So instead the best way to protect them is to educate them on all the important issues of life including sex. This blog contains some helpful information, but don’t forget that we (the staff) are always available and willing to help in any way we can.  Call on us if you need us. My children are currently ages 2 years, and 6 weeks.  So needless to say we have not had to talk about sex much.  However, my two year old has started asking questions about his body parts, and why “daddy kisses momma” etc.  Research is showing that sex education needs to begin sooner, rather than later.  So here are some helpful hints that can be used at all ages with both boys and girls. Use the Bible- The Bible speaks God’s truth into our lives on all subject matters including sex.  Talk about sex with your children in the context of what God’s word says on the subject, not what mom or dad say.  There are both positive and negative sexual examples in God’s word and many teachable moments […]

Sex, Sanctification, & Salvation…1 Thessalonians 4:3–8

   Yesterday in church we discussed 1 Thess. 4:3-8 which deals with the moral standards that God sets forth for His people regarding sex.  As promised I wanted to give you a little more background on the sexual climate that the people of Thessalonica found themselves in as they read this letter from Paul.  We did not have time yesterday to discuss the context of these words as much as I would have preferred so below I have included an excerpt from John MacArthur’s commentary on the subject.  I would also encourage you to read the sermon transcripts from two messages he preached on this same passage if you have the time.  They are entitled Abstaining from Sexual Sin–Part 1 and Part 2.  In the coming days additional information will be posted to this blog on how to talk to your children about sex. The following observations come from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary                    Since the 1960s, when the modern sexual revolution really accelerated, Western society has had fewer and fewer rules governing sexual attitudes and behaviors. Freedom of sexual expression has in many ways become the cultural god that rules over all the other idolatrous gods of postmodern culture. People want the right, for themselves and others, to express their sexual desires at any cost, even if that means aborting the unwanted child resulting from a sexual union or risking a sexually transmitted disease.                   Several obvious tenets constitute the world’s immoral, unscriptural outlook regarding sex. First, people are basically good and all but the most heinous activities should be tolerated. Therefore, virtually any kind of consensual sexual activity is good (except for child molestation), especially if one views sex as merely […]

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