Many of my sermons and article ideas are sparked by everyday encounters with those in the church and those of the religious world. The other day I ran across such a post on social media, which made this statement, “No, you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian, but because you are a Christian you should want to go to church.” This statement sparked my curiosity. The first part of this statement is the first cousin of another familiar statement, sometimes made in the church, “I want Christ, just not His church.” Is it true that we can have Christ without His church? Let us begin with a couple matters of context. First, the post under consideration was made by a popular religious organization in our community, which in and of itself, promotes false doctrine. They are not the church of the New Testament. While the source does not make the statement inherently false, we must always take that statement under investigation and examine the truth of the statement based upon a careful consideration of the holy scriptures. Second, though this statement was made by a denominational source, it appears to be the prevailing logic regarding the need for the church in our lives, even amongst God’s people. I want to provide you with a brief examination of this statement from the scripture by providing three truths: The church is a body of people, not a building: Many view the church as a building, but the church …
Zach Collins | Bearing Fruit in Old Age
Can one bear fruit despite their age? Open up your Bible, as we explore how God used older people in the Bible and how God uses older people in the church today.
To Our Seniors
To our seniors, Someone once said, “You can’t move forward without saying goodbye to the past.” It was once observed that we spend 18,720 hours of our life in school, that is, from kindergarten until our last day of our senior year in high school. In those hours, you have become accustomed to a set schedule in your life, which has been cultivated within you as a byproduct of school. Please excuse the oversimplification when I make this statement: You are about to experience the largest seismic change in your life to-date. This does not mean you should not look forward to this change, as it comes with freedom and a newly acquired happiness found in experiencing the unknown. However, you are responsible emotionally, physically, and spiritually for how you respond to this change. You are also responsible for where you are spiritually when the next stage of life comes! I want to provide you with four truths, learned through experience, which I wish someone had relayed to me when I underwent the same seismic change in my life. You will be forced to make new friends. That is not to say that you will no longer speak to your friends from high school, but with a change in your stage of life comes a change in your social circle. You will experience many people, from all walks of life. Some will build you up, while some will attempt to influence your walks of life. When choosing new friends, …
Zach Collins | Raising A Generation That Knows | The Role of Women in the Church
What is the role of women in the church? Open your Bible, as we the scriptures to find roles that God intended for the woman to fill in the church.
Zach Collins | Will the Real Mom Please Stand Up?
Open your Bible, as we explore one of the most bizarre stories found in all of the Bible about two mothers and their children, in 1 Kings 3:16-28.
Mary, the Disciple of Christ
John recorded by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in John 19:25, “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” Our mothers deserve more recognition than one day a year for the unending love, selfless compassion, and priceless lessons they have brought to our lives. Each day, we ought to consider the beauty which “a woman who fears the Lord”, (c.f., Proverbs 31:30), brings not only to her family but to the church of our Lord. There are many greatest examples of a biblical mothers, but perhaps Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the greatest example of all. When we think of Mary, it is likely that much of what comes to our minds is steeped in ancient legend, rather than scriptural fact. We sometimes create a portrait of Mary in our minds as a young woman, serene and confident in her motherly role in raising the Son of God. However, as we explore the scriptures, we will notice that the scriptures paint a much more human and compelling picture of Mary, the mother of Jesus. What does the Bible teach us about Mary, the disciple? Mary was the first disciple to suffer for the cause of Christ. Think in terms of the first-century: A poor young Jewish girl, betrothed to a carpenter, who “magically” becomes pregnant. Though she had been visited by the Angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a child through the power …
Zach Collins | A Generation That Knows | The Inspiration of the Bible
How do we know that the Bible is the inspired word of God? Open your Bible, as we explore evidences, found within scripture, that testify to its own inspiration.
Zach Collins | Have I Therefore Become Your Enemy Because I Tell You the Truth?
What is truth? Open your Bible, as Zach Collins discusses the concept of truth in the scriptures and the importance of being obedient to truth.
Answer The Door
The story is told of an older woman. She had run out of money and did not have the means to pay any of her bills, including her rent. In her moment of need, the landlord was unwilling to show mercy. She began to threaten the older woman and told her, if she could pay her rent soon, she would be evicted. It was in the middle of winter, and her cable, water, and electricity had been shut off. She only had a few candles to keep her warm! One cold day, she was warming her hands over the candle when she heard a knock at the door. However, the woman was afraid to answer the door as she thought it might be her landlord coming to collect the rent which she did not have the money to pay. So, she blew out her candle and quietly waited in the darkness for the landlord to leave. Two weeks later, she ran into her friend at the store where she now worked. She found that the knock on the door had not come from her landlord, but her friend who was bringing her a check with enough money to pay her rent and all her debts. In her moment of need, if only she had opened the door, her friend would have paid all her debts. However, because she did not answer the door, she found herself in the dark. The words of Jesus to church at Laodicea …