Monday, November 12, 2018
Many people who call themselves Christians believe that they became Christians by trusting in Jesus as their savior. The problem is that they put a period at the end of that sentence and expect nothing else to happen afterwards. This isn't a second blessing. Sanctification is the continuation of the blessing of salvation. Salvation changes who you are or it isn't salvation.
Monday, November 5, 2018
What is the focus of the Christian life? Many preachers tell us that it is what our faith can do for us. Jesus focus was on the Christian bearing fruit. What if the latter actually produces the first? What if bearing fruit produced real joy? That's the focus of this message from Romans 6: 8-11
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Every journey has detours. Each person needs to determine whether the detour is worthy of his or her time. Sometimes Christians find detours are divine appointment. Sometimes they are time wasters or paths the keep them away from their purposes. Anything that differs from the gospel of the Bible is anathema. That journey does not need to be taken. But how does a person know? This is that answer.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Romans 6: 5-7 The Christian has been united with Christ to live a conjoined life. Christ has become a part of the Christian and the Christian has become a part of Christ. That means that the Christian takes Christ with him or her no matter what that is. The question is whether or not Jesus is driving, giving advice, told to set in the back seat or has been placed in the trunk so that He doesn't affect where He is being taken.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
We are to be holy. God paid too high a price to leave us in the sorry state that He found us. So, we are saved, receive a divine nature and guard our hearts to be holy. The flesh is made to nothing. The Spirit becomes our source of truth and strength for living. We present our whole selves to God. He makes us holy.
Sharing our faith is not optional. The way we do so is determined by our spiritual gifts. That is not the general training method of the church. The church's evangelism training would be great if everyone had the gift of prophecy. Thus, many people shy away from sharing when they could be very effective in bringing others to a saving faith in Christ.
Many believers do not understand what salvation has done. It has separated sinners from the controlling influence of the sin nature. It has put a divine nature within them so that they can do God's will. Salvation is the beginning of a new creation. It is not merely the improvement of the old.