The church is real good at talking SHIP but kind of lacking when it comes to doing SHIP.
Contrary to popular belief, SHIP doesn’t just happen, it has to be cultivated.
Your SHIP must be fertilized in order to grow.
John 13:34-35 (AMPC) 34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. 35 By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
Matthew 5:43-47 (AMPC) 43 You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; 44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? 47 And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?
Without understanding of what it means to be a disciple, you can’t even begin to get your ship in the water!
Matthew 15:8-9 (AMPC) 8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me. 9 Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men.
John 4:23-24 (AMPC) 23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
WorSHIP is what gives direction to your SHIP.
Hebrews 10:25 (AMPC) 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
FellowSHIP without worship is a sinking SHIP.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (AMPC) 7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (Hetakes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it” ) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
Without StewardSHIP, you will sail on a poorly maintained SHIP.
Some people don’t know SHIP from shinola.
A lot of people are trying to sail on a battleSHIP, when God created us to be on a cruise SHIP.
When you’re on a battleSHIP, you’re expected to handle all the SHIP but when you’re on a cruise SHIP, all the SHIP happens in the background.
When you’re on a battleSHIP, you will find yourself frequently cleaning other’s SHIP
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