Serpent Salesman

“Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.“Genesis 3:14 (NLT).

The serpent, Satan, tempted Eve by getting her to doubt God’s goodness. He implied that God was strict, stingy, and selfish for not wanting Eve to share his knowledge of good and evil. Satan made Eve forget all that God had given her and, instead, focus on what God had forbidden. We fall into trouble, too, when we dwell on what God forbids rather than on the countless blessings and promises God has given us. 

Why does Satan tempt us? Temptation is Satan’s invitation to give in to his kind of life and give up on God’s kind of life. Satan tempted Eve and succeeded in getting her to sin. Ever since then, he’s been busy getting people to sin. He even tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). 

The enemy is very shrewd and will try to get you to doubt the Word of God just like he did Eve in the Garden of Eden. Notice that “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1).  See how he is?  God never said you cannot eat of any tree in the garden, only the one tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Today, that old serpent the Devil still attacks on the same two fronts he used to attack Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: the truth of God’s Word (Genesis 3:4) and the goodness of God’s person (Genesis 3:1b, 5). And yet they are both one attack; the enemy wants you to doubt God’s Word because then you’ll doubt God Himself. He will cleverly mix truth with error rendering the truth powerless. To cast doubt on God’s Word is to cast doubt on His character. No wonder the Bible says that he has deceived the whole world: “This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” (Revelation 12:9)

We will never be out of danger; the serpent is always ready to slither beside you and whisper enticing lies in your ear. The Bible and trust in God is our best defense. Romans 8: 12-13 tells us: “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.”

So trust God with all your might, know His Word accurately and deeply,  and walk daily in submission to His Word. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read the narrative of the fall in Genesis 3. What question does the serpent ask? Have you ever rationalized your sin or questioned God’s Word in a similar way? When have you needed an extra measure of faith to obey God? 
  2. Why do you think the temptation of the devil worked?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13: What does this verse mean to you?
  4. What steps can we take this week to be better prepared for the temptations of the devil?

An Apple A Day

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” – Genesis 3:1-4.

Eve could have been any one of us. She may have been the first, but she definitely wasn’t the last to listen to the father of lies. Before that, perfection was everywhere. The ground was easy to till. No one hated anyone. There were no murders, no power struggles, no jealousy, no envy. And Eve and Adam communicated each day with God Himself.

But Eve thought about what the serpent had said, she began to long to eat the fruit. The Bible doesn’t tells us but she probably was thinking something like: “The fruit of that tree looks so delicious. It may be the best fruit in the garden. That fruit will make me wise. I’ll know all the things God knows and then I won’t have to learn from Him. What a good thing it would be to eat this fruit! My life will be complete. I have to have it! Yes, I’m going to eat it!”

The allure of sin won. She believed that her life would be complete if she ate the fruit. But she was wrong. She succumbed to the lies.

And, so could I. And, so could you. Genesis 3:1 says, “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” The shrewdest. Other Bible versions use crafty (NIV), subtle (KJV), clever (MSG), and cunning (NKJV).  Eve didn’t call out to God, seeking help or guidance. She thought she had this. We often think we have the situation well in hand as well. When God says “don’t,” and we say “do.” When God says “stop,” and we say “go.” When God says, “I love you,” and we say, “That’s nice, but if you don’t mind, I’d like a little time off for bad behavior.”

We long for a deep relationship with God, but lack the stamina to turn off the TV and read our Bibles. We’re afraid of the future. We fear being poor. We’re just normal, ordinary everyday people who like Eve make mistakes. And because we are prone to mistakes we try to hide from His love. But His love comes and finds us.

Genesis 3: 9 says, “Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” God saw his two wayward children in the garden, and he called out to them, “Where are you?”

It’s a good question for each of us to answer. Are we hiding from God? Are we ashamed of something we’ve done? Fearful that God will punish us? God did not come to the garden to punish Eve and Adam. Yes, there were deep consequences because of their sin—there usually are—but because of God’s mercy, Adam and Eve did not remain stuck in their sin. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8).

What have we learned from Eve? Listen for God’s voice. Trust Him. Sense the move of His Spirit. And come out of hiding.

Discussion Questions:

  1. If you were to take a “walk with God” as Adam and Eve did in the garden, what question would you ask him?
  2. What do you think Eve’s real sin was? What role did Adam play in the process?
  3. What’s the relationship between knowledge and sin?
  4. What can we do to create a “firewall” against the tempting of Satan?

Faith In Action

“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.” – Matthew 14:29-32

There are a lot of people that are simply risk averse. They prefer to play it safe. Eleanor Roosevelt said that we should “do one thing every day that scares you.” Well that’s OK for her and others, but I don’t have a risk mentality. I like my current way of doing, thinking, and living. I like the status quo. That’s why at restaurants, I always order the same thing. Why try something new? What if I don’t like it? Why rock the boat and why get out of the boat? In fact, why even get in the boat in the first place?

I don’t remember reading Biblical passages that say “thou shall take risks” or “blessed are the risk-takers.”  You are right, there are no such passages, however, there are a whole lot of verses on faith. And faith and risk go hand in hand. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that: “And it is impossible to please God without faith….”  The essence of growing in our walk with Jesus is growing in faith.

Faith requires risk. Without risk there’s no faith. But what if? What if I give sacrificially and I don’t have enough money for my needs? What if I embark on this venture on faith and it doesn’t succeed? What if I choose a different path and it leads to disaster? What if I fail? What if I misinterpret what God is telling me to do?  It could happen. We are not the first people that have these questions and we will not be the last.

This is that risk that resonates with the mission of God. The Bible is full of risk. Noah building a boat on dry land. Abraham just going: “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8) Moses going to Egypt and telling Pharoah, “This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you refuse, then I will send swarms of flies on you, your officials, your people, and all the houses. The Egyptian homes will be filled with flies, and the ground will be covered with them.” The disciples feed 5,000 with a boy’s lunch. The Bible is full of risk.

But what about us? What about our lives? Are we taking a risk for the glory of God?

I want to make one thing clear. I’m not talking stupid risk, selfish risk, worldly risk. This isn’t the stuff of casinos and scratch off lottery tickets. This is being being in prayer and fasting to discover what God wants you to do and then acting on it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. If I’m truly going to walk by faith, it’s going to involve some risk. Agree or disagree?
  2. How willing are you to fail in life? What do you dislike most about failing? How willing are you to fail in an attempt to honor God? If you could (a) succeed greatly and bring a little glory to God, or (b) fail greatly and bring a lot of glory to God, which would you choose?
  3. How does your faith affect the choices you make and the things you do? What have been the results of your greatest steps of faith? How have they caused your faith to grow?
  4. What commitment are you willing to make to put your faith into action? 

In Times Past

“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”  We know the importance of letting go of past hurts, disappointments, and failures that are hindering your relationship with God today. It is not easy because many of us are convinced the sins in our past or present are so terrible that they can’t be forgiven and thus we are unworthy to serve God. The story of Rahab is a reminder of the fact that God can forgive our past and give us a new future?

God knew what was going on in Raban’s life and did something about it. God did not keep Rahab from losing the security of her home nor did He prevent her from having to go through the agony of watching the Israelites march around the city for 7 days. Remember, she didn’t know that plan. When she stepped out in faith, He met her there. She trusted Him to rescue her, and He did. God judged her by her heart, not by her lifestyle. He not only saved her life, but He forgave her past and gave her a new future. Rahab was taken in as an adopted daughter of the Israelites. Her old life as a prostitute had ended. God allowed her grace and a fresh start. She and her family lived among the Israelites. She chose to trust Him rather than submit to fear.

Rahab’s past was past and God had a new life planned for her. Today your past may be haunting you day and night. Maybe you have been hurt and have built up walls around yourself that have become so high you can’t see over them. Maybe people have stuck labels on you and no matter what you do you can’t shake them.

God loves you and has a plan for you. He waits patiently for you to turn to Him. Your past will be forgiven and will not hold you back from becoming what God wants you to be. God is in the business of transforming us into new creations. 

Likewise, God will forgive your past and give you a new future. That’s because, as was the case with Rahab, God loves us; He knows what is going on in our life; and He can do something about it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is it hard for you to forget your past? Why or why not?
  2. How have you been successful in dealing with your past?
  3. Read Micah 7:19: What does this verse mean to you?
  4. What difference does Jesus make when it comes to dealing with your past sins and regrets?

Risky Faith

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4.

There are people who embrace risks and there are people that avoid them at all costs. But sometimes our faith is tested through risks. A case in point is the story of Rahab, a woman whose story of bold faith is found in Joshua 2. 

At some point in our spiritual journey, we’ll be called to take risks that may take us away from our comfort zone. Whether it is deciding to follow Christ, giving financially, or serving in an area where we are not entirely comfortable. God constantly leads us to places where we must decide whether to play it safe or take a risk. It is easy to maintain the status quo by clinging to what we know rather than venturing into the unknown. Unfortunately, however, playing it safe often does little to increase our faith and our spiritual growth. 

Being followers of Christ requires us to take risks that demand faith. These types of risk are not easy to take. Our decisions might make others uncomfortable and spark criticism. We can find ourselves choosing to play it safe to avoid being marked as a failure. However, we must remember that God has resourced us to do His will, we simply need to follow Him in faith.  

Rahab was one of those unexpected characters in the Bible. Even though she made her living as a prostitute, she was selected for high honor in the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11. She heard about the God of Israel and recognized him as the true God, the One worth risking your life for. And she did risk her life for Him by hiding the spies on her roof top. When the king of Jericho learned the men had been to Rahab’s house, he sent orders for her to turn them over. She lied to the king’s soldiers concerning the whereabouts of the spies, and sent them off in the opposite direction. In the miraculous battle of Jericho, the invincible city did fall. Joshua gave orders to rescue Rahab and all in her house. 

There will always be a reason not to take action on a daring plan or bold idea. If we wait for everything to fall into place and line up perfectly to take action, we often never do anything. Without uncertainty there is no need for faith. Risk is essential for reward.

I challenge you to take a risk. How can God use you to take a risk and make a difference? You may not always succeed. That is OK. God has a plan and He may be teaching us patience, perseverance, and the building of character from failure.   

Take a risk this week. I’m ready.  Are you?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the last risk you took? What did you gain and what did you lose?
  2. Who do you know that leads a life of risk-taking for Jesus? What can you learn from them?
  3. What is a big risk God may be inviting you to take? What is appealing about that risk step? What is frightening?
  4. Commit to one faith risk-step of your choosing.   

Keep The Faith

“Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove. He instructed them, “Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.” So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.“Joshua 2:1 (NLT)

I love the story of Rahab because it illustrates the wonder and beauty of God’s grace in a fairy-tale story. Before Israel showed up outside the walls of Jericho, Rahab wore a label. Her neighbors, fellow citizens, and customers knew her as Rahab the prostitute. But regardless of that label, when Rahab was given the opportunity between dying with her countrymen and surrendering to God, she chose God. 

Rahab acknowledged Israel’s God as the most powerful God and then hid his servants. That was it. Rahab’s label was not an obstacle to God. And neither are the labels that we have today.  The reality and the embarrassment a label causes you in life is not an obstacle to God’s grace. You, like Rahab, are invited as you are, label and all. You, like Rahab, have been invited to join God in a relationship initiated by faith.

We don’t know how long it took Rahab to shake her past. We don’t know how long it was before she no longer measured her life based on her past. It most likely took some time.  There were probably bumps in the road as she went. In the same way, it may take you some time before you can put away your label once and for all. Old labels don’t fade fast. And sometimes it takes a while for new ones to stick as well.

It is all about faith. Surprisingly, Rahab is one of two women named in Hebrews 11 as examples of godly faith. The other is Abraham’s wife, Sarah. Few would question Sarah’s inclusion. She exemplified, in most respects, what are generally considered Christian values and qualities. But Rahab? Why would God include the name of a prostitute as one of His faithful saints?

God shows His great mercy and power through human weaknesses. Rehab was made strong through faith. Hebrews 11:21 says, “It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” 

Very few people would willingly risk their lives for family and friends. Rahab risked her life to protect “enemy” spies. Rahab focused on the godly mission of the spies coupled with her realization that they represented the God of Israel. Rahab believed it was He who was bringing Israel into the Promised Land. Risking her very life, she had no more evidence to go on than the reports from others that somehow, in some way, the God of Israel had given His people great victories over more-powerful foes. Rahab was living by faith and not by sight. Though she saw none of these events actually happen, she had faith to believe that Israel’s God was more powerful than all others and would take care of her and her family too.

Rahab’s faith and conviction gave her the courage to look death in the face—and live. As Proverbs 28:1 tells us, “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.  Courage is born from unwavering faith, as Rahab demonstrated.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read Joshua 2: 8-13. How would you describe Rahab’s faith? Think about the decision Rahab reached about God—why was it still such a huge step for her to take the risk of helping the spies?
  2. What are some of the specific ways that God asks us to act on our faith? What obstacles might keep you from following through on these things?
  3. Do you think God cares more about what you believe or what you do?
  4. What do you think God has been asking you to act on, but you have been hesitant to do it? How can you take a step of action this week?

Warning Label

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;” – Psalms 1:1.

We love our ability to put people in boxes. And that process usually starts with labeling someone. We put labels on people all the time. And we as Christians are not exempt from building boxes with labels to put people in. A man loses his job and and we put him in a box and label him “lazy” or “incompetent” or “unproductive” or “dishonest”, etc. And because of the label, we are off the hook to do the hard and uncomfortable work of getting to know and understand that person. Or loving them. 

The question is why do we label people? What compels us to define ourselves and others by certain strengths or perceived weaknesses or flaws? And what motivates us to accept and then adopt the labels assigned to us? When we believe the labels, we more quickly give into temptation. “I’ve always been bad at relationships. It’s just who I am. I might as well stop trying.” Or, “I’ve always been impatient. I can’t help it. I’m always going to be this way so I might as well learn to live with it.” 

But Jesus Christ is in the business of cutting boxes and removing labels and loving people for exactly who they are. The Biblical reality is that we are not our labels.  W.C. Fields said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) says, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

What Paul is saying is this: when we are crucified with Christ our old, sinful self has been killed. It was crucified with Christ and died. That means that all the labels – deserved or underserved – with our old self also died. As we have talked about on several occasions, Paul was a violent man, but the “violent” label is gone. There is only one label that mattered to Paul: “Christ In Me”.

The same is true for us. We are not ultimately defined by our struggles, but by our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our old self, with all its labels is dead and buried. Those old labels don’t apply to us anymore. That does not mean we won’t struggle with the same temptations. It simply means they don’t define us any more.

We are not our labels. We are Christ’s.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comes to mind when we talk about being labeled?  How have you labeled people?  How have people labeled you?  How have those labels effected you? 
  2. In your mind is labeling someone the same as judging them?  Why or why not? 
  3. How has God labeled you? Blessed, chosen, loved, redeemed?
  4. What steps can we take this week to remove the labeling process from our lives?

The Ideal You

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2.

In the Ideal Family series we have been talking about the ideal compared to the real family. In this devotional I would like to talk to the individual. Do you have a vision of what the ideal you would look like? If so, how does it compare to the real you? G. K. Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

I hope you realize from this series that the “ideal” is not “the real” and “the real” is not the “ideal”. Yes, that sounds confusing, but only until you consider that the ideal only exists in our imaginations. They are targets to shoot for, but our results are usually short of those targets. We often forget this however, and expect the ideal notions in our mind to have counterparts in real life. They typically don’t because the ideal family doesn’t include those things that make it real: eccentricities, quirks, foibles, and all the other unique and fascinating aspects that make all of us less than ideal, but certainly real.

Should we expect the ideal in family relationships? That usually results in frustration because we expect out of others what we don’t have ourselves. In the ideal world, the pastor is funny, visits each member or regular attendee each day, is never unavailable, and he preaches in a deep, but applicable way. He is never discouraged and has none of the unique quirks, and eccentricities that exist in the tangled real world. That is not me, and not any pastor I know.

You could make a similar list of what it would take to be ideal and avoid being too real. But you would have some things that are less than ideal and some things that are all too real. While our family and we as individuals will never be ideal, there are some things we can do to move towards the ideal. We can start by remembering that, “God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.”  His ways and thoughts are much higher and better than ours. So are His standards.

We can choose our own paths, reach our own goals, and follow our own comfortable way in life. Or, we can choose to trust that our Heavenly Father knows what’s best for us. Following God’s path stores up treasures in heaven, and enables you to reach your full potential in Jesus Christ.

Sure, it may be a difficult path at times.  Sure, life will not always be easy. Just as it is not always easy to deal with the family. But it is so worth it.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In life, what are things that you strive after? In your Christian life, what are goals you strive after?  What benchmarks and goals do you use for growth in the Christian life?
  2. How do you view the idea of submitting?
  3. What is the difference in your mind between the ideal Christian and the mature Christian?
  4. Which of God’s principles for Christian households challenge you to change?
  5. What in the Ideal Family series challenged you to change? 

The Ideal Home

“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.” – 2 Chronicles 7:15-16.

Over the years I have talked to numerous couples that were uber excited over buying their first house. New beginnings and a new adventure always seems to generate excitement. But whether you recently bought a house, or have lived in the same house for 50 years, I hope that God—and His purposes for our lives—is truly at the center of every home.

God should be at the center because He designed the structure of the home. Construction workers will transform piles of materials into a house by following the architects plans. But Hebrews 3:4 reminds us of who the builder really is: “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

Most people building a house rely on the expert’s knowledge and expertise in the construction process. It just makes sense since most of us are not experts in home construction. In spiritual matters God is the expert. God is the builder of all things and that includes the home and the relationships within the home. It will take spiritual wisdom and understanding to transform a house into a Christ-centered home. And that knowledge can only come from God, who is the architect of the home and family. Colossians 1:9 says, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,”

God’s design for the home also involves the relationships within the home. That means we are asked to live in unity and in submission to each other and to God. “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)

We have a choice once we own a home: we can either take good care of it or neglect it. It can stand the test of time or it can become run down and dilapidated. The spiritual choice is the same. We can chose whether we will use our standards or God’s standards. Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: “… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you ever gone back to visit a house in which you lived as a child?  How did that go?
  2. How did you feel when you purchased your first home?
  3. What are your thoughts on the idea that God created the structure of the home? What are our obligations to Him as designer of all things?
  4. Does seeking God’s kingdom first before seeking the things of this world apply to the home?
  5. What steps can we take this week to make God center of the home?

Building The Church

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:13-18. .

In the above passage Jesus takes his disciples to Caesarea Philippi and asks them a question. “Who do people say I am?” he asks. The disciples respond with a variety of names…”this prophet” or “that prophet” they say. But Jesus presses them. “Who do you say I am?” The bold reply comes from Peter, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.” 

Peter’s answer may have been bold, but Jesus’ declaration is shocking. He says “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Jesus informs his followers that he will build his church in the midst of and in spite of the powers of the world. And Hell will nor prevail against it.

There are people who see the church as a business, as an institution whose primary goal is to make sure attendance and budget numbers are up. The secondary goal is to have as many ministries or amenities as needed to keep the attendance and budget numbers rising. There are many perceptions and opinions on what the church is, but only one that matters.   

God has a clear design for His church. The church is not to be a place where believers run and hide and isolate themselves from culture. The Church is not an organization. It is not an institution. It’s not a building. It’s people. The church is to be moving forward on the gates of hell. That means we must be all about communicating the gospel message to those who are far from the heart of God. 

We need be a church that makes a difference. We want the whole world to know and follow Jesus. That is our vision. We do this by engaging, encouraging, and equipping people who go out and make a difference in people’s lives. We want to connect people with like passions and encourage them to prayerfully dream about how they can make a difference and affect change in that area. We want to find new and better ways to invest our church resources, time, and energy into making that happen. Why? Because that is the design that God has for His church. Not a bigger building, but committed people fulfilling the vision God has for their life.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is God’s design for the church in your own words?
  2. What would church look like if everyone contributed their gifts?
  3. How can we best allow God’s church design to guide our worldview and even our daily decisions?
  4. Do you believe you should be a member of a church?