The early Christians in Rome did not have it easy. They were persecuted, blamed for crimes they didn't commit, even fed to lions. Yet Jesus painted an encouraging picture of their circumstances; he said they were 'the salt of the earth,' and 'the light of the world.' While they were simply trying to stay alive, Jesus was saying that they had been strategically placed by God. Could this be true of your life and your circumstances too? In this message, Andy Stanley explains the influence we may not even know we have.
While the Greek word “ekklesia” is mistranslated as “church” in many Bibles, the word means “group” or “gathering.” Christianity has always been a movement, with local groups of people living out the same approach and posture of Jesus.
Have you ever watched someone’s life falling apart before your eyes and wondered, How did they get there? And how do I make sure I don’t end up there?
You probably know how to avoid some of life's big mistakes, but you still might find yourself drifting into disaster. The reality is that something is governing your life – and it’s not you.