A famous business leader named Jim Rohn once wrote "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." Though not necessarily written from a perspective of faith, these words ring true to the family of God as much as in the business world.
Our past impacts our perspective.
Three of the most powerful influences on all of our lives are our upbringing, the friends we surround ourselves with, and the things we choose to expose ourselves to (TV, movies, etc.).
Ultimately, every Christian's goal should be to have their perspective increasingly shaped by God and His word over all other influences.
Romans 12:2 says "be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Essentially, shifting our perspective to the the one God wants us to have is a spiritual growth issue at the core.
Church attendance is a powerful indicator of a person's perspective.
Perspective determines whether we go to church or not, how deeply we "dive in" when we go, and if we scoff or engage. I am not saying going to church is synonymous with being a Christian, but I can't imagine why a Christ-loving believer wouldn't want to be there. To the believer who wants to transform his or her mindset to Christ's, weekly participation in Jesus' church is biblically designed as a key ingredient in the process.
CHALLENGE! To those of you who go to church, I challenge you to keep diving deeper into Christ's people. Love despite the deep hurts and choose to look past the personality quirks. Repeat, repeat and keep repeating until Christ changes your perspective to His. To those of you who don't go to church (for whatever reason), I challenge you to honestly ask yourself "Why?" If the answer is a blaming statement rather than an "I" statement, maybe it's time for a shift in perspective.
BOTTOM LINE: The perspective we bring ultimately determines the volume of the praises we sing!
P.S. This Sunday, my former youth pastor Steve Redden is speaking at City Church. I think he has a message that will really "shift your perspective." Don't miss out on another great weekend!
City Church [FREE] Movie Night-Friday August 29th @7:07pm
We have had so much fun getting settled into our new campus the last couple months. One of the ways we have celebrated is by creating simple opportunities to hang out here together. We're doing it again by hosting a movie night!
When? Friday August 29th @7:07pm.
What movie are we watching? We will be watching "God's Not Dead."
Do I need to sign up? You don't have to, but it'd be helpful if you can send Lisa an email letting her know you are attending! Her email is email@example.com.
Anaheim Marching Band at City Church Sunday August 31st
We are so excited to welcome Anaheim High School's marching band to City Church on Sunday August 31st. It's our prayer to be a outpost for the community around us, so this is a huge win!
They'll be performing during our normal service time at 10:10am. We will still have our "regular" service activities, this is just icing on the cake. Please take some time to pray right now that God would use this experience powerfully in the lives of all who attend. More info here.