What if I told you that every day should be a little terrifying. What if I told you that if you aren’t walking through your life of faith a little nervous then you aren’t living at all. The problem with both of those statements is that they make us UNCOMFORTABLE. Something that most people in the western community of faith don’t like to hear. I mean we want to be comfortable in our chairs, we want to be comfortable with our coffee, we want to be comfortable in our groups, we just plain want to be comfortable.
Well when my family and I felt that God was leading us to start a church in Colorado we all came up with our own word, “Terricited”. Because every day we were terrified and we were excited at the same time. We were terrified that we were to move back to Colorado a place where I grew up and not as a follower of Jesus. (Dealing with your Past) But excited to be able to share with those same people about how my life has been drastically changed because of Jesus. We were terrified that we didn’t have a place to live and we were struggling to find a place. But we were excited about getting a place that would be a home base for raising our kids as the graduated from high school. We were terrified because I had never been the lead pastor of a church, but I was excited because I had never been the lead pastor of a church. In the New Testament you can read:
Mark 10:32a (NLT) 32 They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear.
The people that were walking with Jesus the son of God in flesh, were in awe of what was going on were also overwhelmed with fear. What does that mean? They were “terricited”! So let me ask you this, where in your life are you terricited? Where are you experiencing the awe of Jesus and the overwhelming fear where you need to see him show up? Where are you terricited? Because honestly I think that more and more of us need to be less comfortable and more terricited. Let’s take some time this week to start getting a little TERRICITED.
I have been so blessed to have some very special men in my life that have given of their time and expertise. They have taken the time to speak into my life and to enable me to become a better follower of Jesus because of it. Which in turn made me a better husband and father because of who I was becoming in Christ. Some of these men have been through school, work, and sports. One of the areas of the body of Christ that enables you to grow more then anything is by investing in the lives of others. It also enables the body of Christ to grow. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see all the spiritually mature people in the church body to start caring for the younger ones. To spend time talking with them and doing life with them when it comes to be a husband and wife, or parents, or just being an employee.
Titus 2:4-7 (NLT) These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,  to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely in all they do.  And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.
As you read through the New testament you will see more and more that growth comes through being involved in the lives of those around you. That by either being lead or by leading you are putting into life the principles of being a disciple. Where are you when it comes to taking next steps in your ability to grow? Who are you living life with? Because without each other when cannot be all that God has called us to be. That is what we are going to talk about tomorrow.
I hear people all the time say that they don’t need to be a part of a church to be able to be a follower of Jesus. But there is a problem with that. All of the one another’s that Jesus talks about in the New Testament. Now I have to honest there are some people that think sitting in a booth at a restaurant is going to church. It is not going to church it is hanging out. We all need to be involved in a church body because the church body needs each of us.
Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
I think that unfortunately most people that say they don’t need to be a part of a church is because they were hurt. They were not what the verse says above “ENCOURAGED”. What are the things that we can be doing to encourage people? What are ways that people can see the church as something special, something as a place to be encouraged not discouraged?