Your Best Testimony: Not Being a Jerk

Sometimes the best opportunity to demonstrate the gospel to those who do not know Jesus is quite simply not being a jerk when you have the opportunity. I'm talking about those times when you've been wronged and most people would excuse you for flipping your lid and taking your frustrations out on the next person in your path. In the last two weeks I've had a few such opportunities. I want to mention one in particular. Last week I went to Sam's Club to sign up for a church membership card so that it would be easier for us to make purchases for church events. It's something the volunteer staff here has been bugging me about for a while. It was something I needed to get done, but kept putting off. Finally I decided to go over there. I was anticipating filling out some paperwork, getting a picture taken, and having...

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Why Christians Shouldn’t Be Jerks

We've been studying the book of James on Sunday Mornings at Gages Lake. We just finished the third chapter on Sunday. The last section of this chapter gives a very specific definition of spiritual maturity. James tells us what it isn't and what it is. I found it interesting that James was very specific in saying that someone who is always controversial, whose life is followed continually with strife--this is not a spiritual man. Now, of course, the gospel is inherently controversial. And even the most winsome Christians will encounter opposition at sometime in their lives. But a man or woman of God should not be someone who intentionally stirs the pot in order to bring attention to themselves. This, Jams says, is not wisdom from above, but a produce of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Now isn't that interesting? Because often Christians spin their behavior as being spiritual. Leaders...

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