Christian Community

2 Corinthians 1- “He [God] comforts us in all of our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them that same comfort God has given.”

Sometimes passages from the Bible strike me hard, as they always should….

Today this verse reminded me of how Christian faith is suppose to look like. As it was in Acts.

We are suppose to be a community of believers always ready to help each other.

The world saw that picture of Christianity imagine how many more converts we would have!!

IN Christ,
Alex

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Faith and Reason: Love and Evangelism


You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
—Matthew 5:43-47

That last part of the verse really gets at me: “Do not even the pagans do that?”

This is a great question, and I have heard skeptics and lost friends ask the same question…”they say they are a Christian…but I have seen the way (so and so) live….do not even the pagans do that?”
[Okay, so they probably say some thing like, “doesn’t that evil, sinning, non-religious, liar -who lives down the street, the one that claims to be an angry militant atheist- (nothing against ‘angry militant atheists’, I was just making an illustration…) – live a better life than those ‘Christians?’ ]

My point is that fellowship alone is not enough to share the Gospel. It is not enough to hang out with and love your best Christian friends and to put little to no effort in loving your non-believing neighbors. The Scripture is pointing us towards loving our neighbors and enemies more than ourselves. It is pointing us towards sharing the Gospel and true love to everyone and not just our best friends.

This really stuck out to me and I really needed to share that. Because do not even the pagans have great fellowship within their own circle of friends?

The Christian Bubble Cycle

Unusual Rant from Alex Dolin: Illustration and concepts from Dan Kimball

Christian One: “So what did you do Tuesday night?”
Christian Two: “Went out with Brother Tom, Pastor Bill, and my wife to Applebee’s.”
Christian One: “Interesting Wednesday night, did you do anything special?”
Christian Two: “Brother Tom, Pastor Bill, my wife, and I went to go see that new movie.”
Christian One: “How about Thursday night?”
Christian Two: “My wife and I played cards with Brother Tom, and Pastor Bill.”
Christian One: “And Friday night?”
Christian Two: “Brother Tom and Pastor Bill, and I had guy’s night at his house.”

…….You get the idea! A problem I am discovering, of Christianity, as a whole, (as well as in my life) is that we are in constant fellowship with ourselves – Christians! If we do not INTENTIONALLY sharing our faith, we have a problem!

Fellowship is good, yes? But you can do too much of it…remember that there are many aspects to our faith while Fellowship is a part of it. But so is evangelism. Think about what too much (or a life completely filled with fellowship) does to our attitudes of sharing the gospel. Especially if we not only live around Christians, but are trained well in theology and discipleship…our heads get bigger but our heart for the lost gets hard and smaller. We say to ourselves…”God is Sovereign, I mentioned my faith…” and that is it…. that is sad.

A heart of evangelism, a heart of worship. A heart for the lost….that is what we need! Never give up on sharing your faith!

There are a lot of people in this (ever-turning towards a post-Christian) American society that get this bitter edge when they hear that I am a Christian. Or they get uncomfortably awkward. They say that most Christians they have meet are hypocrites or too extreme. They have a false-dichotomy of the Christian faith. And Unfotunately both sides of the dichotomy are negative. Have you ever considered/wondered why people think they way they do about Christians? They think such negative things because they do not understand us. They don’t know what the Gospel is, they are not hearing it enough from humble hearts. From Christians who care and are intentional about their faith.

What we should do? Well that is why I started this blog. I am all about learning more about theology and finding other really great Christian fellowship, discipleship, training, and ministry tools online….but I will never stop sharing my faith. The Lord gives us each opportunities in our lives, to go into the World and make disciples. I want to help others do this! As I am journeying to do the same.

The Christian Bubble Drama

Illustrates my point even furthere….