Dec 29, 2015
VIRTUAL SPIRITUALITY IS...Play Spirituality
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25 ESV)
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship. Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:20-22 ESV)
VIRTUAL SPIRITUALITY IS...Play SpiritualityHollow Spirituality
Seizes on false motivationsLike excitement, emotionalismNumbersdoctrinal disputes
Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch (referring to things that all perish as they are used)according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. (Colossians 2:21-23 ESV)
But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. (Acts 19:9-10 ESV)
This church was both committed and evangelistic
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, (Ephesians 1:15 ESV)
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent. (Revelation 2:4-5 ESV)
VIRTUAL SPIRITUALITY IS...Play SpiritualityHollow SpiritualityUnplugged Spirituality
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV) Are we fruitful?Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:8-9 ESV)Are we hospitable?
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:10-11 ESV)Are we actively devoted?
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:4-6 ESV)Rejoicing? Patient? At peace?
How Do We Take Off The Helmet?Put the word in our heartI have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ. And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. (Acts 17:2-4 ESV)
How Do We Take Off The Helmet?Put the word in our heartPut Christ in our heartA disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40 ESV)
How Do We Take Off The Helmet?Put the word in our heartPut Christ in our heartPut heart in our actions
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 ESV)
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)
he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (Titus 3:5 ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but 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. (Romans 12:2 ESV)
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12-14 ESV)
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might (Ephesians 1:18-19 ESV) Is your spirituality real or is it virtual?