Big Hill Bible Studies
30 July 2018 Entry
We have been studying the church in Antioch in the early days of the church. The church there had many similarities to the church today. I'd like for us to compare the two today. Previously we had seen the diversity within the culture, the existence of pagan worship and the Roman political influence persecuting the young Christians.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge the church faces today? Which do you think is more realistic - does the church influence the culture, or does culture influence the church? When you think of the church and your role, what comes to mind? Scripture tells us the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. The people outside the church had seen the influence of Christ on the people within the church and called them "Christians" - translated as "little Christs". What do the people in our community call us? What influences our lives and what do they see as the purpose within our church?
Yesterday we began a sermon series that will challenge us to take God at His Word. My intent is to tie this study in with the series as we begin to look to the purpose of the church and God's design for us within the body of Christ. Take some time today and consider what you believe your role to be within the church. What is that opinion based on? Does it come from tradition, or ritual, or just what seems to be right? Or rather is it built upon the scriptural foundation of God's Word? I challenge you to begin a search. Go to the Word. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and grant you the wisdom to see your role in His body. Then let's continue in our study and see what He has in store for us. Let me know what you think.