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Got Church?

 

  My desire has been to write about the steps of spiritual growth.  The first step is to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and to make your commitment to Him public through baptism.  The next step is to join a local church.  Therefore I will write a couple of articles about church and why you as a believer need to be apart of it.  First let me give you a word of warning.  No church is perfect; therefore perfection isn’t the foundation for choosing a church.  The foundation is revealed in answering the question, “How does this church respond to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?”

  The Bible reveals the truth about the nature of a church.  The church isn’t a building or a location.  The church isn’t meeting once on Sunday Morning, Sunday Night, and Wednesday Night.  The nature of the church is a group of at least three or more people who meet together for the purpose of growing in Christ-likeness and spreading the Goodnews of Christ’s work to others.  The church belongs to Jesus Christ, therefore, it is under His control. 

  When I became a Christian, Jesus changed me.  With this change came a new family and responsibility.  My new family is the church and my responsibility is to serve the church in any way I can.  To give up on the church is to give up on God.  I will not grow spiritually mature until I commit myself to a group of believers that are intent on being Christ-like and spreading the message of Christ’s work. 

  What do you think would be the response of a woman if you told her that her face was beautiful, but her body was ugly?  Do you think she would take that as a complement?  No, she would be hurt or even angry.  This is what we do to Jesus when we think we can have Him without the church. 

  Plan on finding a church in the next six months that you will join and serve.  Please follow along as we study the church.

   

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2007 in theology

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2046

Wednesday, July 25, 2046 is the day I will die.  How do I know this information?  A website called “Death Clock” told me so.  If you put in some information about yourself, it tells you the day you will die and how many seconds you have until that time. 

The reason I’m posting about this website is because it makes the point that life is short.  We all need to spend what time we have left living for the things that matter.  Don’t get so busy that you miss time for God, family, and friends. 

 Matthew 16: 26-

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Encouragement for the Day: III

 Romans 8:31-39, 

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

36 As it is written,For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered
.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Points to Ponder:

1.      Who is for you and how did He prove it?

2.      Who is interceding for you right now?  What does it mean to intercede?

3.   What can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord?

4.   In all things we are what through him who loved us?

5.   Do you trust in the fact that God is on your side.  He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of all that Christ has accomplished, He has become our judge.  The great news is that instead of judging us, He intercedes for us.  Do you realize that because God is on your side then nothing can separate you from His love?  How could all this be true?  By trusting in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Do you believe Romans 8:31-39?

Song of Response: “The Power Of Your Love”

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2007 in Devotional

 

Encouragment for the Day: II

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

“16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Points to Ponder:

1.      What happens to someone when he or she places their trust into the control of Jesus Christ?

2.      God made someone become sin on our behalf.  Who is this person?  What are the results if we believe?

3.      God is reconciling the world to Himself.  What does the word reconcile mean?

4.      If we trust in Christ we have been given some responsibilities.  We are now ambassadors for Christ entrusted with the message of reconciliation.  So what should you be doing if you trust in Christ?

5.      Do you realize that by trusting in Christ and His work on the cross you became a brand new person?  Do you realize that all of your past has been forgiven and your future is secure?  Do you realize that since you have been made right with God, He wants you to share with the people you know how they can be made right with God by trusting in Christ?  

Song of Response“In Christ Alone”

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2007 in Devotional

 

“What Comes Next?”

  There are many people who have received Christ into their life, but don’t understand what comes next.  First of all, I want you to realize that you are not alone in your journey.  This blog was created to help you. 

  Peter in Acts 2:37-38 tells us what comes next.  In the context of the scripture Peter is preaching and the Jewish people cry out to him and ask, “What must we do?”  Peter responds by telling them to first repent and believe in Christ.  Then be baptized in the name of Jesus.  Baptism is the next step for anyone who has placed their trust into the control of Jesus Christ.

  Baptism is the believer’s first public profession of faith.  Baptism by its nature is symbolic.  Baptism is a picture of what Christ did on the cross by dying and what He did by rising from the grave.  The proper mode of Baptism is emersion.  When the person being baptized leans back and goes under the water this represents the death of Christ.  When the person rises back up this represents the resurrection of Christ.  It is by this act people realize you are serious about your faith in Jesus Christ.

  There are some false beliefs about Baptism.  First is that baptism saves you.  Baptism can’t save you anymore than good works can save you.  Remember the criminal on the cross next to Christ.  The criminal turned to Christ and asked Christ to remember him.  Jesus told the criminal that he would be with Him in paradise.  How did the criminal gain access to heaven?  He wasn’t baptized.  He was saved because he believed that Christ was Lord and he wanted to be with Christ forever.

    Another false belief is that baptism without a personal faith in Christ can protect you from evil.  Many children are baptized for the purpose of protection.  Once again baptism has no supernatural power.  Baptism is an act of obedience on the part of every true believer.

  Baptism counts when you make the decision to confess Christ as Lord and you are baptized as a sign that you belong to Him.  You may have heard a pastor baptizing a person say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”  All the pastor is doing is identifying publicly to whom you belong. 

  Therefore, if you are a follower of Christ and haven’t followed in baptism then I encourage you to find a church that will baptize you.  Until you are baptized your faith is silent.  The time is now to make it public.

    

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2007 in theology

 

“Encouragement For The Day” I

Romans 5:6-11

   “For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.  For rarely will someone die for a just person – though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.  But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!

  Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.  For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!

  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Questions to Ponder:

  1.  Paul writes that we were all helpless until Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave.  Why?

  2.  Paul writes that God proved His love for us.  How did God show His love for you?

  3.  Paul writes that those who believe in Christ are saved from wrath and declared righteous?  What makes this possible?

  4.  Paul writes that we were enemies of God, but through the cross we have been reconciled to God.  What does it mean to be reconciled with someone?

  5.  Before you believed in Christ, Christ died for your sins  He did this so that He could make you right with Himself.  Are you ready to give up trying to be good enough for God to love and trust in the saving work of Christ on the cross by which you were made right with God?

 Respond In Song:  “The Wonderful Cross” by Micheal W. Smith

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2007 in Devotional

 

Song Of The Day: “Great Is Our God”

 “How Great Is Our God” was written by Chris Tomlin.  As you listen, I pray that God will show you how great He really is.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

It’s Official

Romans 10:9-10, 13

“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Today marks the launch of “Life Matters”.  The goal is to share my Christian journey in such a way that my readers are challenged and encouraged in their own walk with God.  This isn’t a Baptist blog, but a Christian journal of one believer’s life.  Feel free to add your comments; I hope to learn from you as you learn from me. 

 I believe life finds its true meaning in relationship to Jesus Christ.  I believe Jesus Christ is God and therefore reigns as Lord over all.  I believe that Jesus became flesh and died on the cross for the sins of the world.  Through the dead of Jesus Christ, I find forgiveness.  Christ did more than die, He rose from the dead.  It is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ that I find a new life.  Therefore my life as a believer is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  God’s call to the world is to come and place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.  Will you answer the call?  The Christian life isn’t about being good, going to church, or hitting someone upside the head with a bible.  The Christian life is about understanding that everything you needed to be saved was done by Jesus Christ and trusting Him with the control of your life.  Until you are ready to surrender to Jesus, life will have no meaning.  Surrender and you will find life matters.      

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

What Is Your Creed?

   Several years ago Rich Mullins, a Christian recording artist, put the Apostle’s Creed to music.  The Apostle’s Creed is a statement of basic Christian beliefs.  To reject the Apostle’s Creed is to reject Christ and His work.  One of the most powerful statements in the song is where Rich sings that he is being transformed by the Apostle’s Creed.

Truth is more than beliefs, it is a transformation of life. To believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Apostle’s Creed is to be transformed in behavior. To believe something but not act on it is sin. In a time when the lines of what it means to be a Christian are becoming fuzzy, I want to challenge you to listen to “Creed” and dedicate yourself to Christ and the Apostle’s Creed.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Remembering Keith Green

 This week marks the 25th anniversary of Keith Green’s death.  He and two of his children went to be with the Lord because of a plane crash.  Keith became a Christian 7 years before he was killed and in those short years, God used him to revolutionize what it means to be a Christian.  Please listen as Keith sings, “Asleep In The Light.”  In this song you hear his passion for God and for the church to wake up and become passionate about seeing people come to Christ.  Keith was sold out and I want to encourage you to seek after Christ like Keith did.  Make Christ the goal of your life.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2007 in Uncategorized

 
 
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