Archive for the ‘The Gospel’ Category

Is It All About Jesus?

Jesus 2I wonder as a Pastor what some who attend Church regularly are driven by. I think for some people it can become a routine that completes or starts their week. They may have grown up in the Church and like the routine because it makes them feel good about themselves. People who get into a Church routine might even start to think that they are pleasing God by showing up on a weekly basis. A certain amount of pride or self-righteousness follows that hinders a true relationship with God. Our life with God was never meant to be a routine! Jesus did not die a bloody death and take our sins upon Himself so that we could go to Church once a week and feel good about ourselves.

If we are saved and its truly about Jesus how does that play out in our everyday life? As a Christian I don’t want to just go through the motions every week like those who don’t know Jesus. I want to see transformation in my life and those who attend the Church. I think it starts with the attitude that each person in the Church has. Every one of us who have been saved by grace should desire to be transformed by grace everyday. Our attitude is to be one of submission to everything that Jesus taught and preached about. It is submitting to the authority of the Word regularly. Without an attitude of submission I am nothing more than a pride filled hypocrite. I don’t want to live my life that way. When we lose sight of submission to Jesus and His Word (the entire Bible) we get stuck in a Church routine which never brings pleasure to God. Any person who lives a life of submission is a person that is going to be used by God and knows God. Everyday we have the choice of being submissive and moving forward. Because God is so gracious he gives us the choice. This country, our Churches, and this world is in need of submissive Christians.

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Church FathersHave you ever considered that it matters what is being taught at the Church you attend? I was once a person who thought as long as we proclaimed Jesus it really didn’t matter beyond that. Over time my view of what is being taught has changed. My change came through my study of the New Testament and experience as a Pastor. When people don’t understand basic tenets of the faith they cannot interact with God as He has intended. Lack of doctrinal understanding leads the Church also down the dangerous path of heresy. A Church that is not unified in what it believes will never be able to move forward as God desires. Basic Doctrine is foundational for all Christians who need to have an understanding of what the Bible is proclaiming . The Apostles and early Church fathers all thought this was important.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.

Galatians 1:6

The first thing you should know as a Christian is what does you Church believe in concerning the gospel. The Bible is clear that we enter into a relationship with Jesus by faith alone. Romans 3-5 states that we are justified by faith and nothing we can do helps us merit the grace of God. Ephesians 2:1-10 also helps to clarify this matter as well. There are Churches out here that are teaching falsely that you have to do something such as be baptized before God will accept you. That thinking is not biblical and is not found in scripture. Where does your Church stand on this matter?

What does your Church also believe about God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus as the only way, Scriptures being inerrant, and how to function as a body of believers. If you can’t answer any of those questions its time to talk to your Pastor or other Church leaders. If they cannot or will not answer those questions for you its time to consider worshipping somewhere else. Our relationship with God should matter more than anything else in this life. If God didn’t care what we believed we would not have the Bible to guide and direct us. Start asking questions and stay in the Word. It really does matter.

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6 Minutes 25 Seconds

Do you have an extra 6 minutes 25 seconds to hear the Gospel and its affect?

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