Watch Therefore

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin - 1 John 1:7

Following Jesus through our Conduct, Faith, Fellowship and Witness as the Bible Teaches 

WHY THIS SITE?

​I've often asked myself why dealing with fellow believers in and out of church often feels as cold or colder than dealing with the secular world. Increasingly the line between our conduct and what God's words tells us about ourselves is becoming ever so blurrier with that of the world.

Which side of this coin are we on?

As a true follower of Christ we have a responsibility to look after each other. Oftentimes we are overwhelmed by the day-to-day grind the world hands us, and staying focused on our mission for the cause of Christ can be a challenge. At times we run the risk of stepping out of our walk and becoming a hindrance to believers and non-believers alike. What we do not see though is the damage inflicted on others. Usually the one who has been offended won’t say anything for risk of being ostracized or looked down on. Or even worse, they think "He or she is doing this and their good Christians so it must be ok for me too", perpetuating that sin with one another.

Jesus and His Apostles have given us clear rules that govern how we show ourselves to be living proof to others that we’re saved and belong to Christ. These rules are not an option for us and with good reason; there are souls that hang in the balance who attend church or do not consider themselves believers in any way. New believers are anxious to do God’s will and if or when they see another believer act in an inappropriate way and through time see others doing the same, they question if Christ is even worth following. I witness this everyday and understand how dangerous it is.

The seriousness of this is enormous, but because it happens in small groups or individual encounters, the magnitude of it’s damage is never dealt with. We would never show an unbeliever this side of who we can be to fellow believers because we know they would never want to set foot in a church.

The next point of responsibility involves our consistency with walking according to the faith which Jesus handed us through His Apostles; who making it very clear and persuading that each of us stay in the truth of scripture which is also called “the doctrine of the Apostles”, while also pointing out false doctrine and those who teach it. The Apostle Paul writes:

“In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.”
- 1 Timothy 4:6

The danger:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” - 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Throughout the Bible God makes it abundantly clear how important doctrine is:

"But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine." - Titus 2:1

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” - 2 Timothy 4:2–5

This site has been created to help fellow believers in understanding through scripture, the rewards and pitfalls we as true followers of Jesus deal with on a daily basis, but with a focus geared towards dealing with other believers in Christ. Unfortunately, issues we see in the world also happen in the church and sadly can have very negative impact on believers both new and mature. Spiritual laziness, confusion about scripture, or to be frank with you, false teaching, have crept in from those around us whether they sit beside us in the pew or are leaders who work diligently to provide us with sound teaching but have been led astray.

Scripture is very clear about matters of conduct, faith (doctrinal beliefs), fellowship, and witness. It tells us without compromise how we are to be examples to fellow believers and non-believers, to be Christ-like. It is vital that each of us understand the seriousness of our walk, dropping everything that might get in the way, making no excuses for ourselves. These four essential topics listed above must be based solely on scripture and with an edifying nature, so that others will see Christ and not us.

The Apostles walked in this way and through the Holy Spirit they heeded Jesus command to go and make disciples, who in turn offered others the saving grace that our Lord supplied on the cross. Our personal behavior is critical in all aspects of our witness. Without personal accountability we're of no use to the cause of Christ.

This site is my humble effort to pick myself up off the ground, to stop being spiritually lazy and finally understanding what it really means to be a true follower of Jesus. Make no mistake about it,there will be times when you will stand alone and that's ok because our desire is to be truly in love with our Lord and therefore our whole being is content with this. Scripture tells us:

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:10

And so this site will make it clear that there can be no compromise or standards lower then what the Bible tells us regarding our relationships with fellow believers. Topics covered here will address the four essential qualities that define us as true followers of Christ:

Our Conduct, Our Faith (doctrinal beliefs), Our Fellowship, and Our Witness.