Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Living without excuses”
Our Bible verse for today: “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “You’re not Rambo”
Probably the most popular Sylvester Stallone movie of all time was the first Rocky movie. I’ve seen it multiple times and I still love it. In my opinion the second best Stallone movie was Rambo. John Rambo was a Vietnam era Special Forces soldier. He was calm, quiet, and confident. He was also very physically fit, an expert with weapons and in hand-to-hand combat, and he was highly trained in wilderness survival. According to his old commanding officer he could keep himself alive “by eating things that would make a Billy Goat puke.”
Much of the movie is all about Rambo’s incredible ability to survive on his own in the wilderness, and to confound and overcome numerous enemies who were pursuing him.
Over the years I’ve known professing Christians who seem to think they are a spiritual Rambo. They believe they can survive in the spiritual wilderness just fine all by themselves. They don’t need to be surrounded by other Christians, they don’t need help withstanding the enemy, and they don’t need to be an active member of any church.
Wrong! The New Testament teaches the exact opposite. I challenge you to search your New Testament and find a single passage where a Christian was not in active fellowship with other Christians and the Bible portrayed it as a good thing. (Spoiler alert: You won’t find one because there isn’t one.) What you will find is exactly what the writer of the letter to the Hebrews instructs us about in Hebrews 10:24-25. God intends for us to be fully engaged in the life of a good church. It’s for our own benefit (there is strength in numbers), and it’s for the benefit of the church (others need you to be there).
The only possible exception to this that we can find in the New Testament would be the example of John the Baptist. He was sent by God out into the wilderness, alone, for a time and for a specific reason. But I’m pretty sure God is not calling you to be a modern day John the Baptist and therefore He intends for you to be in church. If you don’t already have a good church then I invite you to visit with us at Oak Hill Baptist in Crossville, TN. We’re located at 3036 Genesis Road. Sunday school is at 9:00, Worship service is at 10:00, and the evening service is at 6:00. You can also check us out on the web at www.oakhillbaptist.net.
God doesn’t intend for any of us to be a spiritual Rambo, or (shifting metaphors), a Lone Ranger Christian. His desire is for us to be in regular fellowship with other Christians. I encourage you to go to church this Sunday, and every Sunday.