During Catalyst Conference, Francis Chan discussed following Biblical simplicity.
This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord , have spoken!
- Jeremiah 9:23-24
You should brag about the fact that you know God.
God answers prayer. But he doesn’t always answer prayer. The Bible says if you treat your wife with disrespect, He doesn’t hear your prayer. If you doubt, it is like you are being tossed by the waves of the sea.
A lot of times we just assume things are good. But there are plenty of times that God says, “Just stop it because I am looking at your life.”
Sometimes we need simplicity.
I know God, and He listens to me.
Think about that.
Is it weird to go about ministry and life and say God will take care of it? The world thinks it is.
The church looks back and is embarrassed about the Crusades and about encouraging slavery, but what will future generations look back on and think is weird about the way we do church?
What are we doing that is weird? If you read the Bible, would it be weird if it said the early church goers switched churches because of a better speaker or a better worship service or service times or whatever?
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sisters in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
- 1 John 3:16-18
It looks to me like we should lay down our lives for other people just like Jesus did. It seems like it is normal to sacrifice.
Then they will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ “And he will answer, `I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
- Matthew 25:44-46
“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
- Luke 12:33
And you don’t need to break that down in the Greek.
Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
- Luke 14:13-14
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
- Romans 12:13
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
- Psalm 37:25-26
If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord — and he will repay you!
- Proverbs 19:17
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
- Proverbs 28:27
Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
- Proverbs 21:13
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
- James 1:27
All I know is that the more I pursue that, the better it is.
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