Monthly Archives: October 2015

No Longer a Zombie Christian

 

zombie Christian 2Have you been intrigued by the Zombie series? We have been talking about how Jesus came to bring us from death to life. Maybe you “came to life” years ago and have called yourself a Christian as long as you can remember.

My question for you (and me) is this:

“Are we living like it?”

Some of us have new life, but we are still living out the old life. We are “Zombie Christians.” Paul has some important words for us “living dead:”

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (Romans 6)

A Zombie-Christian is a person who claims to follow Christ, but is actually living a dead and sinful life, like those who don’t know Jesus. Of course, even Christians will slip up into sin, but there is a difference between repentant heart and a lifestyle of dead-living.

Some Zombie-Christians are like the slow moving undead from old movies (or Scooby Doo). We know what is right, but we are not quick to obey. We live a little in the world (chew on a brain here), then try to follow the rules again (gnaw on an arm there), but mostly just kind of float on by, moaning as we go.

At other times, we are the full blown zombie apocalypse of World War Z. Clambering on top of one another to eat up as much of this dead-life we can get. We accepted Jesus sure, and we know we will “make it to heaven.” But now is the time to get the fun in. All of our enthusiasm is sucked up by the world. We can’t get enough of living like the old self.

If you think you might be a Zombie Christian, Read Romans 6 from the Bible this week. Talk to God about it. Talk to a friend, your pastor, or your BCM Director. God has given you life to live free and alive!

Let us repent from being Zombie Christians. Let us show the world that we have an abundant and free life in Christ.

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When Jesus died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Romans 6:10-11

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PS. Thanks to the lovely Danielle for the zombie pic!

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So You Think You Know Zombies?

 

think you know zombiesZombies are all the rage right now (have been for a while). Scooby Doo is the gateway drug from zombie-lovers. Zombieland made the undead almost funny (poor Bill Murray), and Brad Pitt helped us fall in love with zombies on crack in World War Z. The Walking Dead phenomenon took normal, unassuming quiet people and turned them into full fledged fans of the rotting flesh-bag battle. Resident Evil gave the gamers a taste for the zombie scourging. And of course, for classic zombie-fans, there will always be those old-school blood-and-guts-everywhere films from the 70’s and 80’s.

I’m not a huge fan of zombies. I did read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Quickbooks (soon to be a movie in theaters). Working for a book store at the time, my coworker/bestie and I put together a book display for it that won us $500 for best display in North America.  Confession #2:  I also acted in a short zombie film in college. I played the role of a doting mother to my child-born-zombie.

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OTHER THAN THAT, I’ve never had a thing for undead movies or ghoulish dress up. I have never particularly enjoyed the gore and guts of Halloween. (This blog post helped me see the potential in Halloween, making it almost my favorite holiday ever.) However, I think that zombies have a place in the Christian conversation.

So, if you think you know zombies, I dare you to read on… Continue reading So You Think You Know Zombies?

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4 Ways to Keep Engage 24 Going All Year Long

  While the day of Engage 24 in 2015 may be over, the spirit of Engage 24 can endure. The point of this initiative is not to check off a yearly gospel sharing opportunity. The point of Engage 24 is to be a kick off to gospelize each of our lives, and equip and excite us to share our blessed faith more often. 

“Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:18, 20‬ 

While I believe we should always be searching actively for the opportunity to join Gods work of reconciliation, I also understand our humanity and penchant for busyness. If we don’t establish a sense of intentionality into our days, our hectic schedules can often blind us to the needs of the lost.   So, I have listed 4 ways to help us maintain an evangelistic awareness all year long!

1. Keep your engage 24 shirt, (ours say “tell me your story”) an active participant in your regular wardrobe.  

 2. Go on engage 24 “dates”. Jesus sent His disciples two by two. Follow his command by having engage “dates” with your Christian friends. Start by sharing the gospel to each other over coffee or dinner. Unpack how the gospel specifically impacts one another’s lives. 

Then grab soularium and head to the mall. Or use a jar of quarters to buy laundry time for strangers at your local laundromat. Visit the homeless in your area or a local shelter with care packages. Your kindness may open a door for a stranger to ask about the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). If not, you get to spend time with a friend (or special someone) of the family of God. 
3. Establish a regular “engage 24” day in your routine. 

Set a side one day every month to prayerful engage your community (the 15th of every month, maybe?). 

Level up to once a week! (like every Thursday). Add in a regular “monk” day as well.  Ask you community group to join you. 

4. Subscribe to my blog and stay updated on tips on sharing your faith and growing as a Christian. 

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1/2 Monk 1/2 Missionary

This week, I took some time off the blog to immerse myself in God’s beautiful creation in San Diego! I’ll be writing more about my experience soon, but one moment that stood out to me was a seminar lead by Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share. monk and missionary

He was asked how he maintains such an excitement for the gospel, enabling him to share it passionately with others? His response was “I live my life as 1/2 Monk, 1/2 Missionary.” He emphasized that he cannot share the gospel without spending significant amount of time marinating his own life in it through prayer, meditation, and studying Scripture.

monk missionaryAs we prepare for Engage24 this Thursday, I encourage all of us to follow Greg Steirs example. Here are 7 ways to carve out time to be a monk before sharing the gospel.

  1. Get up earlier to pray and spend time with God.
  2. Turn off the tv and meditate on the Psalms.
  3. Read through the book of Mark and journal every piece of the gospel that impacts you, and how you are grateful for each facet of this gift.
  4. Silence your phone for 1/2 hour and pray. Need ideas on focusing in prayer? Look here.
  5. Get outside (the weather is unseasonably fantastic in Wyoming right now!) and allow God’s creation to stir up your affections for your creator.
  6. Fast. Don’t think about it, or pray about it… just do it. However, I recommend you fast in a practical way, with God’s help. Skip 1 meal a day and use that time to pray for the lost one’s you know. Or fast one entire day, using hunger pangs and cravings as a reminder to be hungry for God’s will.
  7. Repent. I love the imagery of drawing a circle on the floor, kneeling down inside that circle, then praying desperately for revival… inside the circle. When you experience revival, you have a chance to spread the joy of that freedom.

Chances are, if we immerse ourselves in the reminder of how great a salvation it is we have received, we will be better equipped emotionally, conversationally, and spiritually to share that joy, excitement, and grateful heart with others.

Happy “monk-ifying”!

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