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The Bible is the gauge in which we as Christians gauge our life. It is very black and white on many topics that apply to our lives today.

However, what about issues the Bible is not as clear about? How do you find the path to holiness in areas like what entertainment we partake of, political issues, some denominational differences, and the like?

In this study, we dig into the teachings of Paul on this very thought process. We will explore how to find our personal way through topics as well as how to find unity in conversations that begs for division in our worldly selves.

As drinking alcohol (from non-drinkers to social drinkers to those who struggle) is a big topic in many lives, we will be using it as our example of how to make sure our views in all areas are Biblical, honoring to God, and lead to unity and love.

Sound like a conversational minefield? That’s why it’s the perfect focus point for Biblical living.

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Pastor Tom returns from a period of sabbatical to reveal the next season at The Shepherd’s Fellowship. Last year, God led us to focus on the very foundation of the church and each other through the Word. This year, we move to mobilize!

Maybe you have a bad impression of Christians and the church because in your past, it never lived up to the hype.

Maybe you have been a Christian for years and even grew up in church but wondered why the church was not making the difference in the world you felt it should.

Maybe you are on fire for the Lord and either need encouragement as He leads or feel He’s leading you to a new step or level.

Then we hope you jump in to catch the vision of the next couple months as we dive into these and many more areas of being mobilized to live “Beyond Church”!

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Discernment

Discernment comes with spiritual maturity.

Often times, people tell me things like “I’m disappointed that God closed that door in that situation or relationship” or “Why would God have things be so hard in this situation since He led me here?”

Sometimes personal disappointment and hard days come from following God. Sometimes they come because we have messed up, taken a shortcut, not acted in integrity, or chosen the wrong people to draw close to us and then we attribute it to God.

Before you accredit God for where you are, make sure it was Him and not you. If it was Him, He will lead you through it and teach you in the process. If it is you, submit yourself to Him, turn around, and let Him lead you through the ripple effects and back to solid ground.

“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.” Psalm 119: 125

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