Is bold faith even have a choice? If I am obedient, and live with a bold faith, I’m going to make a few enemies BUT the power of God will be revealed, souls will be saved, and I will stand in God’s favor. There isn’t a choice! There are souls on the other side of my obedience. Bold faith is the only way to live.
As a flock of Christians we need to run to that strong tower, we need to be together where people are praying, where you can be connected, where God’s Word is taught, preached, and put into action!
We cannot become separated from Who He Is and in this world He is seen and is found in His church!
Where do you turn when you are in trouble?
Over the next three years Luther continued to preach against the practices of the Church of his time. His main points were that salvation was a free gift of God’s grace, through faith in Christ, and that the Bible was and still is the sole source of divinely revealed knowledge not the church or it’s human leader.
It is not to the strength, courage, or even the faith of men that the church owes its existence. And in spite of the many failures of its members the church does indeed continue to not only exist but to grow. It is to God that the glory belongs for the church would not exist without Him using common, everyday, spiritually weak individuals as examples to us of His strength, His righteousness, His Grace, and His Love!
Perseverance in the face of trials and tribulations of life, death, sickness, and hurts is difficult. Our first instinct is fight or flee rather than persevere. We can either flee, get angry, fight, and never grow up or become Christ like OR we can embrace the trail, the tribulation, the hurt, and turn to God in love. Then, by His grace through our obedience, our perseverance becomes what God intends us to be. No sane person enjoys the pain and anguish that comes in this life. But God uses all things for the good of those that love Him…
We must endure – like Abraham, we cannot stop until we have reached the land he has promised. For us, that is eternity. Until we reach eternity, one way or another, He will never stop calling us deeper. Not when we’re 40, not even when we’re 75 or older! On this side of eternity, we have never arrived. When it comes to building the Kingdom, there is no such thing as a legal working age or retirement. We are all called to something!
Statues being torn down, riots on college campuses, safe spaces; all over being offended—or in the case of safe spaces, the fear of being offended. The culture… Read more “Moving Forward in Love (Q4)”
Listen Here: Please remember that sermon notes are meant as a guideline and may not be exactly what was preached. Luke 10:27, Romans 5:5, Philippians 2:1-5 Families… Read more “Where’s the Love? 10/1”
Cliff Sanders in his book on Spirituality says that “Sin is a failure to love.” (Pg. 79) That we fail to Love God and one-another, that our love is directed elsewhere. He sums it all up with; “Sin is a broken relationship between us. (Man and God) That broken relationship is caused by our desire for self-rule- versus- participating in God’s Kingdom. And can be understood as misdirected love—loving some other thing in place of God or more intensely than we love God.” (Pg. 81)
God calls us to obedience to take the Next Step of faith so that we learn to trust in Him, so that our faith will grow, so that when life hits us hard (and it will) we will naturally have that faith and trust; and with confidence can say My God Saves!!!
We are told in Chapter 15 to abide in Christ to make our home in Him. The Church is the body of Christ, His church is not brick and mortar or wood and stone but is made up of flesh and blood, believing, Christ followers. These believers are engaged in the activity of His Church, what we are called to do and that is to love God, love one another, and make disciples. The church does this by abiding in Him.
Is there enough evidence in the life you are living to prove that you are of God, in the Kingdom, to prove that you are an ambassador of reconciliation, that you are His friend, that you abide in His love, that you abide in The Vine? IF you think so where is the fruit?
There is no such thing as a nominal Christian, let alone a carnal one!
Either you are serving as a friend of Christ in the Kingdom as a part of His Church or you are in rebellion!
We have been given response-ability through what was accomplished on the cross…
“Without God’s grace, we cannot be saved; while without our (grace empowered, but unforced) participation, God’s grace will not save.
We are response – able, or we have the response-ability because of Grace! To answer the Call, to abide in the vine and we have been given the Helper who empowers/enables us to live the life of Christ here and now!