Christianity is more than a conversion experience, it’s a process. Church is more than just a couple of hours on Sunday, it’s a people. The call God has on our lives is so much deeper and richer than what a lot of us make it. Paul encourages us to take every thought captive. Did you catch that? Not just some thoughts, not just when we have a free moment, but EVERY thought.
When the gospel takes root it begins to transform our hearts and renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2). Taking every thought captive is a purposeful intentionality in the believer’s life so that “whatever is done, even the mundane, is done ALL for the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 10:31). Don’t be fooled, this does not come easy. This intentionality requires diligence, diligence to put sin to death and diligence to take life off cruise control and engage. This means putting down the video game controller or television remote and picking up a bible. It means more family devotional and prayer time and less time spent Facebooking and watching movies. It means using resources like Covenant Eyes and accountability to barricade and protect against sin. It means reaching out to that neighbor, coworker, or family member.
The gospel gives every thought, and moment, purpose, meaning, and opportunity for worship and redemption. Paul speaks of this deep and fruitful way of living in 2 Corinthians 9: “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” May this be true of Redemption Church and believers around the world!
Join me in praying for the thought-life of Redemption Church. Pray the people of Redemption Church would take serious the pursuit of holiness and that Redemption Church would be a grace-filled place for the confession of sin and struggles. Also, pray for wisdom and the proper mindset for Redemption Church’s staff and volunteers as they serve and that their service would always and only be done for the glory of God.
This post was written by Brandon Steadman. Brandon is a member of Redemption Church and serves on the Mobile Church team. Brandon is married to Natalie Steadman and they have two children: Maggie and Melanie.
–January 12th is a very big day for Redemption Church! Thank you for praying with us! For more information about the launch of Redemption Church and how you can pray for us, please click here.