Matt’s Blog this week – FAITH 5 Live Lab

 
Hi Community!
 
I’m Matt Hire, the Director of Discipleship at Community, as Pastor Scott’s out of town. In his absence, I’m writing the blog and leading services. This week will be exciting as we’ll be delivering the message to each other as we “exercise” our Faith5 muscles we’ve been learning about. I’d like to start off with a verse that has always inspired my ministry that also goes well with Faith5.

So, being affectionately desirous of you,

we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God,

but also our own selves,

because you had become very dear to us.

1st Thessalonians 5:8
 
I enjoy this translation, especially the phrase “being affectionately desirous of you”. It sounds somewhat alien to us, but it’s just another way of saying “because we loved you so much”. Love is such an overused word in English. I love God, I love cheeseburgers, I love my wife, I love sports, and I love shoes all use the same word; but do we really love our spouse the same way I love fries and a Diet Coke? I hope not!
 
That’s why I love like the phrase “being affectionately desirous of you” because it’s out of left field. It helps you realize that this is a very different kind of love. This is the kind of love that changes us the way that only God’s love can.
 
1 st Thessalonians was written to the church at Thessalonica after Paul had been moved away from the people he loved dearly. Paul was called to spread the Gospel, which he was very successful at. However, 1 st Thessalonians 5:8 points out that because of how much he loved his church, that he shared himself, his whole life with these people. It’s one thing to serve a church, but it’s another thing to become a part of it.
 
Paul shared his life with the people at this church: his highs, lows, and in-betweens. Paul lived his life with this church, sharing Jesus with them as he shared himself. As he helped lead this church, he also studied the Scriptures with them, talked with them, prayed for them, and blessed them. Paul may have actually invented Faith5!
 
Kidding aside, Paul was living out the same principles that Faith5 tries to bring to each home.
 
If you haven’t already, how will you incorporate Faith5 into your daily life? Will you do it in the home, the car, or right before bed?
 
Sometimes the best-laid plans fall apart. My wife, Kaylynn, and I usually try to do Faith5 as we get ready to go to bed at night. However, this past Tuesday was very busy, with worship practice, piano lessons, and work seems to get in the way. We shared our highs and lows over dinner and had enough time before rehearsal to read the Verse of the Week and talk abut it. After rehearsal, we both took care of some household duties when Kaylynn reminded me that we hadn’t finished Faith5 for the day—so we prayed and blessed each other before we went to sleep.
 
Remember, it’s not necessarily about doing the steps in a specific time frame or order—although that sure helps! It’s about making faith active in your home and making it a priority each night.
 
See you in worship!!
 
Matt Hire
Director of Discipleship
 
P.S.
The Verse of the Week for this week is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.

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