Why would Paul use the imagery of a bride to describe the relationship Jesus has with the church? Paul is describing the closeness of Jesus to the church. He is speaking of the preciousness and purity of the church. We need to view the church as precious an not simply a collection or assembly of individuals.
Saul failed to trust God. This cost him dearly. As a church we need to trust God as we walk through the doors He has opened before us.
Joshua blew it. While it was his intent to follow God's instructions, he was tricked by the deception of others. His mistake was in not seeking God's counsel or His favor. As a church we stand at a crossroads. Let us seek God's counsel and favor.
The days following Pentecost were a moment of excitement for the Early Church. But there was more than emotional high that motivated these Christians. Their behavior was much deeper and more substantial than a momentary experience. As a new church plant, we can be excited as opportunities present themselves. But, we also can learn from the early church and spend time in study, fellowship, and prayer as we share the Gospel with our neighbors.
Do you feel anxious? Jesus tells His disciples not be anxious or worry about food, drink, or clothing. But how does this fit with other passages in Scripture? How can American Christians understand and follow Jesus' words? When we examine the context we can have a fuller understanding of His message.