From time to time on my blog I like to share some creative ideas from our staff that we use at our church that other ministries could do as well, most likely even better. Here’s one…
The last Sunday of October is always a big day for our church. We try to use it as a special incentive to reach our community and bring a lot of guests into the service. We have done the traditional “Harvest Festival” in the past, but recently we decided to put a special twist on it. This past Sunday we designated our special day as Tailgate Sunday.
The idea for Tailgate Sunday was birthed from a few guys talking about a special day where we could wear football jerseys instead of ties to church. I know, I know. Some of you just now labeled me as a liberal for “removing the ancient landmarks,” but who says you can’t have fun when you come to church? So, here’s what we did…
Whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect. Our most valuable possessions in life are secured through various forms of security. Here’s my point: if we treasure our marriages as we ought, we will protect our marriages at all costs. Remember, whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect.
In the seventh commandment God gives a stern, unapologetic command – with no exceptions – about our marriages. Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). The Bible is very clear that there is no sin that hurts more spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally than the sin of adultery. Proverbs 6:32 says But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding (translation: makes a dumb decision) he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. The results adultery bring are not worth the reasons by which that decision is made. It’s simply not worth the destruction that this sin brings to your life.
Now, with that in mind I want to share seven practical steps that all marriages can take in order to protect us from violating God’s seventh commandment.
It has been frequently stated that behind every good man is a great woman, and I wholeheartedly agree. Similarly, I would go on to say that behind every good pastor is an incredible staff! I am so grateful for the team God has assembled here in Charlotte at LBC. I am blessed beyond measure to serve alongside of some of the greatest people on earth.
So often in the business of ministry we fail to acknowledge how much we appreciate those who labor together with us day in and day out. I recently shared with our church staff at our annual retreat a devotion from Philippians 1, particularly verse 3 – I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. I shared with them 5 things that I appreciate about them. I want you to hear them too.