And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:11-16
Few modern laymen realize their responsibility as members of the Church. It seems that most of today’s laymen are content with making their church membership more of a social gathering than knowing and surrendering to the will of our Lord. Many have the tendency to sit comfortably in the pew and leave to the “professional ministers” not only the preaching responsibility but every other function of the church’s activities.
A reading of Ephesians tell us it’s not only clergy who are to carry out the ministry but the saints whom the “professionals” are supposed to equip — to equip so that they can perform the ministry. The early Church is our example, made up of mostly laymen. We can learn much by looking at them and the way that they ministered for Christ. These men shook the world with their testimony, work, and love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a danger that we must be aware of, a warning given to us in Romans 12:3: “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”. Christians should always remember the hierarchy of the church. Jesus is the Head of the Church, the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) and the pastor/elders are the under shepherds (1 Peter 5:2). The sheep do not lead the Chief Shepherd or the under shepherds. Of course, the pastor/elders should heed the warning as well by shepherding and not lording over the sheep.
Christian ministry whether “professional” or laity is not about you or me, it is about the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him alone is our salvation found. Only by keeping Jesus Messiah central can we “attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”.
I am Bulldogmatic on these things. God’s blessings upon you.
“Great is Thy Faithfulness” is a beloved hymn that has been sung in churches services and Christian gatherings for over a century. It was written by Thomas Obediah Chisholm, an American songwriter, in 1923. The hymn is based on the biblical passage in Lamentations 3.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness. - Lamentations 3:22-23
Chisholm was inspired to write the hymn after reflecting on his own life and the faithfulness of God. He had experienced many difficulties and challenges throughout his life, but through it all, he had seen the faithfulness of God. He wrote the hymn as a testimony to God’s faithfulness and a reminder to himself and others that God’s mercy and love never fail. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible to avoid flippant and sentimental themes.
The hymn has been cherished by many in the Christian faith for its message that God’s faithfulness is not a one-time event, but a continuous, never-ending reality. The hymn has been sung by countless congregations and has been translated into multiple languages, making it a universal message of hope and faith.
The Bible is full of verses that speak to God’s faithfulness, including 2 Thessalonians 3:3, which says, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” Another verse that speaks to God’s faithfulness is Psalm 36:5, which says, “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”
The hymn’s verses beautifully capture the essence of God’s faithfulness. The first verse says, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.”
The second verse reminds us that God’s faithfulness is evident in his provision for us: “Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.”
The final verse of the hymn is a powerful declaration of hope and trust in God’s faithfulness: “Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
As we sing this hymn, we are reminded of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. We can rest in the knowledge that He will never abandon us and that His mercies are new every morning.
The Church Fathers and Puritans also spoke about the faithfulness of God in their writings. Augustine wrote, “God is faithful, and therefore, His promises must be trusted.”John Calvin said, “God’s faithfulness is the foundation of all our hope.” Thomas Watson wrote, “God has been faithful in his promises, and will be faithful still.” And Richard Baxter wrote, “The faithfulness of God is the ground of our confidence in Him.”
The hymn has been embraced by Christians all over the world and has been translated into many languages. It has been sung in times of joy and in times of sorrow, and it has provided comfort and hope to countless people.
As we sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” we are reminded of God’s unchanging character and His steadfast love for us. We are reminded that no matter what we may face in life, God is faithful and He will never abandon us. We can trust in His promises and rest in His unfailing love.
Dear God, we come before You today with grateful hearts, for we know that You are forgiving, merciful, and just. We praise You for Your never-ending love and grace towards us. We thank You for your great faithfulness. Your love is steadfast, and Your mercies are new every morning.
Help us to trust in You, knowing that You will never leave us or forsake us. We pray that we would be faithful to You in all things, and that we would bring honor and glory to Your name.
May we always find comfort and hope in your faithfulness and rest in the knowledge that You are with us always. We pray this in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
In the midst of a whirlwind, it is easy to lose sight of what is truly important.
Churches in recent decades have been caught up in a whirlwind of complacency; failing to teach Biblical morals, repentance, and holiness. The Church, as the body of Christ, is called to be a beacon of light in a world of spiritual darkness. It is the responsibility of the Church to teach and uphold Biblical morals, to lead people to a life of righteousness, and to be salt and light in a decaying and dark world.
Unfortunately, the Church has lost its saltiness and dimmed its light in recent times. This whirlwind of complacency has swept through churches, intensifying a downward spiral of morality in our culture. As the Church goes, so goes the culture.
The Church is supposed to be a light shining in the darkness, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden; entrusted with the task of bringing the message of repentance, mercy, forgiveness, and holiness to the world. Their failure has led to a downward spiral of morality in our culture, where sin is celebrated, and righteousness is mocked.
The Bible is clear about the importance of living holy lives. In 1 Peter 1:15-16, we read, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'” In Romans 12:1-2, we are urged to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.
Churches are meant to be a place where people come to learn about God, to be transformed by His Word, and to be equipped to go out and make disciples of all nations. Instead of preaching the whole counsel of God, many pastors have opted for a watered-down, feel-good message that is more concerned with making people feel comfortable than with challenging them to live holy lives. This has led to generations of Christians who are more concerned with their own happiness than with pleasing God.
We live in a world where immorality is the norm and sin is celebrated. Churches, which are supposed to be the moral compass of society, have been sucked into this whirlwind of complacency, failing to teach Biblical morals, repentance, and holiness.
This continuing trend is alarming, as it signals a stark departure from the Biblical principles that have guided the Church for centuries. Instead, churches have focused on pleasing the masses and catering to the desires of the world. This has not only led to a watering down of the Gospel message, but also a decline in the moral standards of our society as a whole.
The downward spiral of morality in our culture can be seen in a variety of areas, including the breakdown of the family unit, the rise of pornography, and a greater acceptance of immoral behavior. Lacking moral guidance, churches have contributed to a culture that is increasingly devoid of values.
Sadly, churches are failing in what God has called them to do. Instead of being a reflection of the light of Christ, they have become a reflection of the culture around them. As a result, the culture has sped up its downward spiral of immorality, and the Church has lost its saltiness.
The prophet Hosea warned Israel of the consequences of their disobedience, saying, “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7). This is a warning to the people of Israel that their actions have consequences, and they will face the judgment of God. Similarly, when churches fail to teach Biblical morals to its members, it is sowing the wind, which will ultimately lead to reaping a whirlwind of moral decay in our culture. We cannot sow seeds of complacency, compromise, and worldliness and expect to reap a harvest of righteousness, purity, and holiness.
Holiness is a crucial aspect of the Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” However, many churches continue to downplay the importance of holiness. They have adopted a “cheap grace” mentality, where sin is not taken seriously, and repentance is not required.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” When churches fail to teach the importance of Biblical morals to its members, it is contributing to the moral decay of our culture. We see this in the rise of abortion, homosexuality, and pornography, and the decline of Biblical family values.
The Bible is clear. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This verse emphasizes the importance of instilling Biblical morals in children from a young age. If the Church fails to provide this guidance, it is setting the stage for future generations that lack a moral compass.
The apostle Paul warned the Corinthians, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). A sobering reminder that sin has consequences, both in this life and in the next.
The Apostle Paul warned the Church in Rome not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2). He knew that the world would try to influence the Church, but it is the Church’s responsibility to hold fast to the truth of God’s Word and not be swayed by the culture around them.
The apostle Paul warned the Ephesians, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). We must not be content to live in a culture that celebrates sin and immorality. We must be willing to speak out against it, to expose it for what it is, and to call people to repentance and holiness.
The Apostle Paul exhorted the Church in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” We are living in evil days, and the Church needs to be wise and make the most of every opportunity to preach the Gospel and live out Biblical morals.
The Bible teaches that repentance is necessary for salvation. In Acts 2:38, Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Repentance involves turning away from sin and turning towards God. Repentance is not just a one-time event but a continual process. However, many churches today have neglected to teach the importance of repentance. As a result, many people that call themselves “Christians” are living in sin and are not seeking the forgiveness of God.
The Bible warns us about the consequences complacency. In Hosea 4:6, God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This lack of knowledge refers to the failure of God’s people to understand and apply His Word to their lives. Similarly, in Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus warns the Church in Laodicea, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
In 1 Peter 1:15-16, it says, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.'” In 1 Thessalonians 4:7, it says, “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” Despite these clear teachings, churches are failing to instill these values in its members. Instead, many have become focused on worldly pursuits and have neglected the importance of holiness and repentance. Holiness is a fundamental aspect of the Christian life. We are called to live a life that reflects the holiness of God.
The Church must return to its roots and teach the Biblical standards that have been passed down through the ages. We must remember the words of Jesus, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” (Matthew 5:13). Christians are called to be holy, set apart from the world and its immorality.
The apostle Peter warned, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter5:8). We should not be complacent or lazy in our spiritual lives. We must be vigilant, watchful, and ready to resist the devil and his schemes.
The Church Fathers recognized the importance of morality in the life of a Christian. Augustine of Hippo said, “Morality is the indispensable foundation of a society.” Jerome said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Simply put, If we do not know the Scriptures and the teachings of Christ, we cannot live a life of righteousness.
The Church Fathers also recognized the dangers of complacency. Augustine wrote, “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” John Calvin warned that the Church must “strive for purity, not only in outward appearance but also in the innermost recesses of the heart.” John Chrysostom said, “Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.” The Church has a responsibility to guide its members in the ways of righteousness. In failing to do so, it not only puts the souls of its members in peril but also contributes to the moral decline of society as a whole.
Augustine said, “Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon”. Augustine also wrote, “Morality is the very sinew of society.” This statement could not be more true. The Church is called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. The salt preserves and the light illuminates. Without these two elements, society will inevitably spiral out of control.
The Church Fathers understood the importance of teaching sound doctrine and living holy lives. As John Chrysostom said, “If you want to be a Christian, you must live like a Christian.”
In addition to the Church Fathers, prominent Reformed pastors have also spoken out on this issue. In his book, “The Holiness of God,” R.C. Sproul writes, “The deterioration of morality in our culture is largely due to the decline of the Church’s influence in society.” Sproul’s words echo the sentiment that the Church has a responsibility to shape the moral character of society. Similarly, R.C. Sproul has said, “The holiness of God is the foundation of Christian ethics.”
John Piper, emphasizes the importance of holiness in his book, “Desiring God.” He writes, “The pursuit of holiness is the pursuit of God. It is the pursuit of His glory, His beauty, His excellence, His love, His grace, His power, and His wisdom. It is the pursuit of all that God is.” John Piper also has said, “The greatest problem in the church today is that we have forgotten the necessity of holiness.”
Churches that fail to teach Biblical morals, repentance, and holiness have had a devastating effect on our culture. We see it in the breakdown of the family, the rise of pornography and sexual immorality, the acceptance of abortion and euthanasia, and the decline of respect for human life. As John MacArthur has said, “The Church is responsible for the state of our culture. We have failed to be salt and light.”
The solution to this problem is simple, yet difficult. The Church should be a place where sin is confronted, where repentance is encouraged, and where holiness is pursued. The Church needs to recognize its responsibility to teach Biblical morals to its members, standing firm on the Word of God and not be swayed by cultural trends. The Church is to be a beacon of light in a world of darkness, leading people to a life of righteousness. As Christians, we must sow the seeds of righteousness, so that we may reap a harvest of righteousness. Let us heed the warning of Hosea 8:7 and not sow the wind, but instead, sow the seeds of righteousness, so that we may reap a harvest of righteousness.
As Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Churches must provide a vision of Biblical morality, repentance, and personal holiness to slow the rapid downward spiral of the moral decay of our culture.
Churches need to wake up from their complacency and fulfill its calling to teach and live out Biblical morals and values. Being lights in the darkness, a reflection of Christ in a world that desperately needs Him. The Church must hold fast to our identity as the Bride of Christ, faithful to our calling to nurture and teach our children in the ways of the Lord. Only then can we hope to see a glimpse of revival Godly values in our culture.
Churches need to be a moral compass for society and show the world what it means to live a life that is pleasing to God. We need to be salt and light in a world that is decaying and dark. Let us heed the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” May God help us to be faithful to His Word and to live out Biblical morals in our daily lives.
Churches must take responsibility for the downward spiral of morality in our culture. Repenting of their complacency and start preaching the whole counsel of God. Teaching and challenging church members to live holy lives, to repent of their sins, and to seek God’s face. Only then can we hope to be a beacon of light in a dark and fallen world
Churches wake up from your slumber and take seriously your responsibility to teach Biblical morals, repentance, and holiness to your members! We cannot afford to be complacent or lazy. Be vigilant, watchful, and ready to resist the devil and his schemes. Willing to speak truth to power, to expose sin and immorality, and to call people to repentance and holiness. If we do not, we will sow the wind and reap the whirlwind, and our culture will continue its downward spiral of immorality and sin.
May we pray that the Church will once again become the moral force that it was meant to be. That we live our lives in such a way that we point others to Christ and His standards of morality and holiness.
2 Timothy 4:2, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine."
As a believer, attending church is a vital part of your spiritual journey, but not all churches are created equal.Reasoning Tree Church in Edinburg, Virginia is what I would call a “Reformed and Confessional Church”. A reformed and confessional church adheres to the Reformed tradition of Christianity. This tradition emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, and the need for salvation through Christ; just to mention a few.
Attending church always has been an essential part of Christian life. All churches should provide an opportunity to worship, fellowship, and grow in faith. However, not all churches are the same. Some have different beliefs, practices, and traditions.
Reasoning Tree Church adheres to the Five Solas, which are the five principles that summarize basic Christian belief. These principles are Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone).
A reformed and confessional church also emphasizes the importance of prayer. We believe that prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God, and that it is through prayer that we can communicate with Him and seek His guidance. We are encouraged to pray regularly, so that we can stay connected to God and be open to His leading in our lives.
Reasoning Tree Church affirms that the Bible alone is the source of truth, and that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. Below I list five more expanded reasons.
1. Firmly Rooted in Biblical Truth and Doctrinal Focus.
I first visited Reasoning Tree because I was told by one of my friends of their expository preaching and their high view of Scripture. They believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and that it is sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. This means that I can expect to hear Biblical preaching and teaching that is faithful to the text and aimed at helping Christians grow in their understanding of God’s Word.
Reformed and confessional churches are known for their commitment to biblical and doctrinal teaching. This means that they take the Bible seriously teaching that it is the God breathed Truth; and hold to it’s doctrines such as the sovereignty of God, the depravity of man, and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We are encouraged by Pastor William to read and study the Bible regularly, so that we can better understand God’s revelation to His people by interpretating it correctly. This helps us to live out our faith, as we strive to follow God’s commands and live according to His will.
In a world that teaches that truth is relative, a church that places a high value on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture provides a solid anchor in the unchanging Word of God.
2. A focus on Christ and His Finish Work.
Reasoning Tree Church places a strong emphasis on the person and work of Christ. They believe that salvation is only possible through faith in Christ and His atoning work on the cross. Attending here helps me focus on Christ and His finished work, which is essential for growing in your faith.
Reformed and confessional churches place a strong emphasis on the gospel. They believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This means that you can expect to hear a clear presentation of the gospel and how it applies to your life.
Attending Reasoning Tree helps me to better understand my need for personal faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. I learn about the importance of personal faith in Jesus Christ, how to live out that faith in my daily life,and how to grow in my faith.It is all of Christ and none of me.
3. Emphasis on Worship.
At Reasoning Tree Church worship is taken seriously. I wish this was true of every church I have attended, but it is not. At Reasoning Tree the liturgy is carefully crafted to lead the congregation in worship that is reverent, joyful, and focused on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Part of worship is also building each other up in the faith. Reasoning Tree Church has regular, special Sunday services where the congregation can ask the Pastor questions about the Bible or their faith. I have found this to be a great help in increasing my knowledge and faith in Christ.
Worship is an essential part of the Christian life and it certainly should be centered on God and His glory.
Worship is a central part of Reasoning Tree Church and their worship services reflect this. They typically include a mix of worship songs with theologically-rich lyrics, as well as prayer, reading of the Creeds, and preaching. The focus of the worship service is on God and His glory. Worship that is God-centered, reverent, and reflective. They recognize the importance of worshiping God in spirit and truth, and prioritize the preaching of the Word, singing of psalms and hymns, and the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Their worship also emphasizes the importance of service to others. We believe that we are called to serve others, and that we are to use our gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. We are encouraged to be active in our communities, so that we can be a light to those around us and share the need for Christ with them.
4. Fellowship and Community
Reformed and confessional churches like Reasoning Tree are often very close-knit communities. Members of these churches are committed to one another and to the church as a whole. They seek to build one another up in the faith, and to support one another through the ups and downs of life. This is a great source of encouragement and accountability.
Reasoning Tree Church provides us a place to ask questions, to discuss our interpretations, and to learn from one another. This can be a great source of encouragement and accountability as you seek to grow in your faith. The church becomes a family, and members support and encourage one another.
The Christian life is one of ongoing growth and transformation. This means that you should expect to be part of a church community that is committed to helping you grow in your knowledge and faith in Christ, through Bible study, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines.
Attending Reasoning Tree Church provides me with a sense of community. A church that is close-knit, with members who are committed to supporting one another in their walk with Christ. This means that I can expect to be part of a church community that is welcoming, supportive, and encouraging.
5. Rich in history and Early tradition.
Reasoning Tree Church holds to the historic creeds and confessions of the Christian faith, such as the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. It is a church that is grounded in the historic Christian faith and that values theological depth.
The creeds are a set of confessional standards that outline our beliefs and practices. These standards provide a clear framework for understanding the Christian faith and help to ensure that the teaching and preaching within the church align with Biblical truth. The reading of the creeds help us to know and share what we believe and why we believe it.
Reformed and confessional churches are part of a rich theological heritage that spans centuries. The creeds and confessionshave been tested and refined over time. By being part of a reformed and confessional church, you are joining a long line of believers who have gone before you and have faithfully upheld the truths of the gospel.
Attending Reasoning Tree Church has exposed me to this history and tradition, deepening my understanding of historic Christianity. It is indeed a blessing to connect with the historical roots of the Christian faith and learn from the experiences of those who came before us.
I attend Reasoning Tree Church because I believe that it is the best way to honor God and to live out my faith. This church emphasizes the importance of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, and the need for personal holiness. It also emphasizes the importance of the sacraments, the value of the historic church, and the need for corporate worship. By attending, I am able to learn more about God’s Holy Word and to grow in my faith. I am also able to be part of a community of believers who share my beliefs and values.
In conclusion, there is no perfect church, only a perfect Savior! If you are searching for a church that is firmly rooted in Biblical truth and in the historic Christian faith; a church that values the Bible, the Gospel, theological depth, discipleship, and provides a rich worship experience, then Reasoning Tree Church in Edinburg Virginia may be just what you need.
The call to “Come to Christ” is the most important and urgent message that can be proclaimed. The Bible teaches that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, base on Scripture alone, to the Glory of God alone. We are saved not by our own efforts or good works, but solely by the work of Christ on the cross.
The invitation to “Come to Christ” is one of the most important invitations that anyone could ever receive. This invitation is based on the promises of God and the redemption that is offered through Jesus Christ. As a believer in reformed theology, I firmly believe in the power of God to bring salvation to all who will come to Him.
The message of the Gospel is the most important message that anyone can ever hear. It is the message of salvation, the message of hope, the message of eternal life. It is the message that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures. This message is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes ( Romans 1:16 ).
The Bible is clear that there is only one way to salvation, and that is through our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the only way to God, and without Him, there is no hope for eternal life. The message of the Gospel is one that has been preached throughout the ages, yet its power remains unchanging. The call to “Come to Christ” is a call that desperately needs to go out today. The message of the Gospel is one of hope and salvation, and it is the duty of every believer to share this message with the world.
The Biblical Foundation
The call to come to Christ is rooted in the very nature of God. Throughout the Old Testament, we see God extending invitations to His people to turn to Him for salvation. Isaiah 55:1-2 offers a beautiful example of this: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” In the New Testament, we see this call to come to Christ taking on an even greater urgency. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This invitation is not just to the physically weary, but also to those who are spiritually weary. It is an invitation to come to Christ and find rest for their souls. The rest that Christ offers is not just a physical rest, but a spiritual one. It is a rest from the burden of sin, guilt, and shame. It is a rest from the fear of death and judgment. It is a rest from the constant struggle to earn God’s favor and acceptance.
Another verse that speaks to this invitation is found in John 6:35, where Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” This invitation is not just about finding temporary relief from the burdens of life but is about finding true satisfaction and sustenance in and through Christ.
By Grace Alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This passage makes it clear that our salvation is not earned by our own efforts or good works, but is a gift of God’s grace. This is a central doctrine of Reformed theology and is supported by numerous other biblical passages. Romans 3:23-24 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” This passage emphasizes that all people are sinners and fall short of God’s standard, but are justified (made right with God) by his grace as a gift through Christ’s work on the cross. Titus 3:5-7 says, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” This passage further emphasizes that our salvation is not based on our own works or righteousness, but on God’s mercy and grace through Christ.
The Bible is replete with invitations to come to Christ. Another passage that highlights the call to come to Christ is found in Revelation 22:17, where the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” This passage underscores the universal nature of the invitation to come to Christ, as it is extended to all who thirst for the living water that only Christ can provide.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
The Puritans were renowned for their deep devotion to God and their passionate preaching of the Gospel. They recognized the urgency of the call to come to Christ, and they exhorted their listeners to respond without delay. As John Flavel wrote, “Delay in coming to Christ is the greatest folly in the world, because it hazards your eternal salvation.” John Bunyan, in his classic work “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” portrays the journey of a man named Christian who, burdened by his sins, sets out on a quest to find salvation. Along the way, he encounters many obstacles and temptations, but ultimately finds rest and peace in Christ. This allegory beautifully illustrates the truth of the call to come to Christ, and the obstacles that we must overcome in order to answer that call.
The Puritans placed a great emphasis on the call to come to Christ. They believed that it was essential for salvation and that it required a response from the individual. John Flavel, in his book “The Mystery of Providence,” writes, “There is no hope of salvation but by coming to Christ; nor any coming to Him but by faith; nor any faith but what is wrought by the operation of the Spirit of God.” Richard Baxter, in his book “The Reformed Pastor,” states, “If thou wouldst be saved, thou must come to Christ, and if thou wouldst come to Christ, thou must be willing to forsake all for Him.”
The Puritans were known for their emphasis on the doctrines of grace, including salvation by grace alone. John Bunyan wrote, “Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” This quote emphasizes that grace is not earned or deserved, but is given freely by God. John Owen, a prominent Puritan theologian, wrote, “Salvation is to be ascribed to nothing but free grace; and free grace is to be ascribed to nothing but the sovereignty of God.” John Owen also said, “The only way to come to Christ is to believe in Him; and the only way to believe in Him is to hear of him.” These quotes emphasizes that our salvation is entirely dependent on God’s grace and sovereignty, not on our own efforts or merit and emphasizes the importance of hearing the gospel message and responding in faith.
The Puritans were known for their deep understanding and appreciation of the invitation of Christ to come to Him. They saw it as a call to repentance and faith, a call that was urgent and necessary. The Puritan Richard Sibbes wrote, “The call of the gospel is a spiritual call, a call to the soul, to come out of the darkness of sin and unbelief, into the light of grace and faith.”
In his book “The Religious Affections,” Jonathan Edwards writes, “The great and most important duty which God requires of us is to seek Him with our whole heart… and to come to Him for mercy and grace, with a true sense of our own unworthiness.”
The call to come to Christ is an invitation that is extended to all humanity. It is a call that is rooted in the love of God and the desire for all to be saved. The Scriptures are clear in expressing this call, and the Puritans have provided us with a rich theological framework for understanding it.
The Need to Come to Christ.
The Scripture affirms that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved ( Acts 4:12 ). Therefore, it is imperative to discuss the necessity of Christ in our salvation. The Bible teaches that all humanity is born in sin ( Psalm 51:5 ) and is alienated from God ( Ephesians 2:1-3 ). We are dead in our trespasses and sins, and there is no way we can save ourselves. We need a Savior who can reconcile us to God and bring us back into a right relationship with Him. Unless we repent, we shall perish, ( Luke 13:3 ). All are guilty of sin, and so stand in need of repentance, ( Acts 17:30 ). For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ( Romans 6:23 )
In John 14:6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This statement is clear and unambiguous: salvation is only possible through Christ. John 3:36 states, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” Therefore, Christians must implore the lost to turn to Christ for salvation.
The necessity to come to Christ is clear: without Him, there is no salvation. The Scriptures testify to this truth. In Romans 3:23-24, we read, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Here, we see that all have sinned, and therefore, all are in need of a savior. This Savior is none other than Christ Himself, who provides redemption through His atoning death, burial, and resurrection.
Salvation is a gift of God that is given to those whom He has chosen. However, this does not negate the importance of the invitation to “Come to Christ.” In fact, I believe that the invitation to “Come to Christ” is a necessary part of the process of salvation. It is through this invitation that God draws people to Himself and enables them to respond in faith.
The necessity of coming to Christ cannot be overstated. He is the only way to the Father, the very source of our life, and the exclusive means of our salvation. Therefore, let us heed the words of the writer of Hebrews who said, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” ( Hebrews 2:3 ). Come to Christ and trust in Him alone for your salvation.
The Call to Come to Christ.
As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:20 , “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” This plea is echoed throughout the New Testament, as the Apostles implore all who will hear to come to Christ for salvation. The Puritan Richard Baxter wrote, “This is the business of your life – to repent and turn to God. Let nothing divert you from it. Nothing is so important as this one thing.” We urge you to consider the urgency of this call, as Jonathan Edwards wrote, “The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given.” Do not delay; come to Christ today.
The call to come to Christ is not just a theological concept but a personal invitation from God. It is a call to turn away from our sin and to embrace Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Do not delay, for tomorrow is not promised. The Scriptures tell us that “now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 ). Do not be deceived by the lies of the world or the temptations of the flesh. Only in Christ will you find salvation, peace and joy. As the Puritan Thomas Watson wrote, “Christ is the most necessary thing; without Him we are undone, without him we are lost forever.” Come to Christ, for in Him alone is found grace, mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” ( Romans 10:13-15 ). Therefore, I plead with the lost to come to Christ, to hear the Gospel message, and to respond in faith. I urge them to turn from their sins and trust in Christ alone for salvation. I pray that God would open their hearts to receive the invitation of Christ and give them rest for their souls.
In conclusion, the call to “Come to Christ” is the most important message that can be proclaimed. Our salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, base on Scripture alone, to the Glory of God alone. Salvation is entirely the work of God, from beginning to end. It is God who chooses, calls, and saves His people. It is not based on anything they have done or can do, but solely on God’s grace and mercy. This understanding of salvation highlights the importance of the invitation of Christ to come to Him. It is not just an invitation, but a call from God Himself to His chosen people.
The Book of Common Prayer is a collection of liturgical texts and prayers used in the Anglican Church. It has been in use since the 16th century and has gone through several revisions over the centuries. The first version was compiled by Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1549. This version was based on the liturgical practices of the Church of England and was intended to replace the Latin liturgy that had been used in the Church of England since the Middle Ages. The 1549 version of the Book of Common Prayer was widely accepted and used in the Church of England until the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1552, a revised version of the Book of Common Prayer was issued. This version was more Protestant in its theology and was intended to further distance the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. This version was also more detailed than the 1549 version and included additional prayers and services.
In 1604, a new version of the Book of Common Prayer was issued. This version was more conservative in its theology and was intended to bring the Church of England closer to the Roman Catholic Church. This version was also more detailed than the 1552 version and included additional prayers and services.
In 1662, a revised version of the Book of Common Prayer was issued. This version was more Protestant in its theology and was intended to further distance the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. This version was also more detailed than the 1604 version and included additional prayers and services.
The 1662 version of the Book of Common Prayer has remained in use in the Church of England since that time. It has been revised several times over the centuries, but the basic structure and content of the book has remained largely unchanged.
The Book of Common Prayer has had a profound influence on the Anglican Church and on the English language. Its language and structure have been adopted by many other churches and its prayers and services have been used in many different contexts. The Book of Common Prayer is an important part of Anglican history and continues to be used in the Church of England today.
The Impact of the Book of Common Prayer on the Anglican Church
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has had a profound impact on the Anglican Church since its first publication in 1549. The BCP was an immediate success, and it quickly became the standard liturgy of the Church of England. It was also adopted by other Protestant churches, such as the Church of Scotland and the Church of Ireland. The BCP was revised several times over the centuries, but its core elements remained largely unchanged.
The BCP has also had a lasting impact on the Anglican Church. It has shaped the way Anglicans worship, and it has provided a common language for prayer and liturgy. The BCP has also been influential in the development of Anglican theology, as it contains many of the core beliefs of the Church.
The BCP has also been a source of unity for Anglicans. It has provided a common language and liturgy that has allowed Anglicans from different countries and cultures to come together in worship. This has been especially important in the modern era, as Anglicans have become increasingly diverse.
The BCP has been an integral part of the Anglican Church for centuries, and its influence can still be seen today. It has provided a common language for prayer and liturgy, and it has shaped the way Anglicans worship. It has also been a source of unity for Anglicans, allowing them to come together in worship despite their differences. The BCP has had a profound impact on the Anglican Church, and it will continue to do so for many years to come.
Use of the Book of Common Prayer in Different Countries
In the United Kingdom, the Book of Common Prayer is an integral part of the Anglican Church. It is used in all services, from baptisms to funerals, and is a source of spiritual guidance for many. The book has been revised several times over the centuries, with the most recent version being published in 2019.
In the United States, the Book of Common Prayer is used in many Episcopal churches. It is also used in some other Protestant denominations, such as the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA). The book has been revised several times since its first publication in 1789, with the most recent version being published in 1979.
In Canada, the Book of Common Prayer is used in the Anglican Church of Canada. It is also used in some other Protestant denominations, such as the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The book has been revised several times since its first publication in 1892, with the most recent version being published in 1962.
In Australia, the Book of Common Prayer is used in the Anglican Church of Australia. It is also used in some other Protestant denominations, such as the Uniting Church in Australia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The book has been revised several times since its first publication in 1836, with the most recent version being published in 1995.
In New Zealand, the Book of Common Prayer is used in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. It is also used in some other Protestant denominations, such as the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Methodist Church of New Zealand. The book has been revised several times since its first publication in 1854, with the most recent version being published in 1989.
The Book of Common Prayer has been an important part of the spiritual life of many countries around the world for centuries. Its influence can be seen in the liturgies of many churches, and its importance in the spiritual lives of many people cannot be overstated.
Shaping English Language and Literature
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) contains a wealth of language that has been used in English literature for centuries. Its language is often poetic and lyrical, and its structure and cadence have been adopted by many writers. The BCP has been a source of inspiration for many authors, including William Shakespeare, John Milton, and T.S. Eliot. Its influence can be seen in the works of these authors, as well as in the works of many others.
The BCP also has a significant influence on the structure and form of English literature. Its language has been used to create a variety of literary styles. The BCP has been used to create a variety of genres, including the sonnet, the ode, and the hymn. This influence can be seen in the works of many authors, including John Donne, George Herbert, John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The Influence of the Book of Common Prayer on Church Tradition
The BCP has had a significant influence on Protestant liturgy. Its structure and language have been adopted by many Protestant denominations, including the Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Methodist Church. The BCP’s structure is based on the ancient liturgies of the early Church, and its language is both poetic and accessible. This has enabled it to be adopted by a wide range of Protestant denominations, who have adapted it to suit their own particular needs.
The BCP has also had a major influence on Protestant theology. Its emphasis on the importance of Scripture, its emphasis on the importance of personal faith, and its emphasis on the importance of prayer have all been adopted by many Protestant denominations. The BCP’s emphasis on the importance of Scripture has been particularly influential, as it has encouraged Protestants to read and study the Bible in order to gain a deeper understanding of their faith.
Finally, the BCP has had a major influence on the way in which Protestantism is practiced. Its emphasis on the importance of communal worship has encouraged Protestants to gather together in churches and other places of worship to share in the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical practices. This has helped to create a sense of unity and community among Protestants, and has enabled them to share their faith. The BCP’s influence on other church tradition is undeniable, and its impact will continue to be felt for many years to come.
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Give ear, O my people, to my teaching incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God. - Psalm 78:1-8
The coming generation is in desperate need of hearing the truth about Jesus Christ. Psalm 78:1-8 speaks to this urgent need, reminding us that we must tell the coming generation about the mighty acts of the Lord and the many wonders He has done. We, as Christians, must share the stories of God’s faithfulness and His promises to His people, so that the coming generations will know and understand His forgiveness, mercy, love, and grace. By doing so, we can help ensure that we leave the coming generations with a strong foundation of faith and trust in the Lord.
The Urgent Need to Share the Gospel with the Next Generation.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are living in a time of great urgency. The next generation is in desperate need of the saving grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must not delay in sharing the Good News with them.
The world is changing rapidly, and the culture of our society has shifted far away from the values of the Lord. We must not be complacent in our faith, but instead be bold and confident in our proclamation of the Gospel. We must be willing to go out and share the truth of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world.
The next generation is in great need of a Great Savior. They need to hear the message of salvation and redemption that only Christ Jesus can provide. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zones and share the Gospel with them. We must be willing to be mocked and be willing to be rejected. We must be a light in the darkness and a beacon of hope in a world that is filled with despair.
We must be willing to invest in the lives of children and show them the forgiveness and love of Jesus and the need of repentance. We must be willing to be patient and understanding as they learn and grow in their faith. We must be willing to be a living example of the Gospel and to be a witness to the power of Jesus Christ.
The time is now. We must not delay in sharing the Gospel with the next generation. Let us be bold and confident in our proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let us be willing to go out into the world and share the truth of Jesus Christ with those who are searching for hope and meaning in their lives.
Next, We Teach the Coming Generation About Christ.
As Christians, it is our responsibility to teach the coming generation about Christ. We must do this in a way that is faithful to God’s Word and that will help our children and students grow in their faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible is the source of instruction for teaching about Christ. We must be sure to read and study the Bible regularly, so that we ourselves can understand the teachings of God. We must also be sure to teach our children and students the Bible’s teachings in a way that is faithful to the Scriptural text.
We must teach our children and students about all aspects of Christ Jesus. We should help them understand the importance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We must also help them understand the implications of these facts.
We must also be sure to teach our children and students about the importance of prayer. We must help them understand the power of prayer and how it can help them in their relationship with God and in their daily lives. This will help them live a life of faith. They must understand the importance of living a life that is pleasing to God and that is in line with His will. We must also help them understand the importance of living a life of service to others.
Having confidence in the power of God and His Word, we can be sure that our efforts will bear fruit in the lives of our children and students.
Mentoring the Next Generation in the Ways of Christ.
As Christians, we are called to be faithful stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to share the good news of salvation with others, and to mentor the next generation in the ways of Christ. This is a sacred responsibility that we must take seriously.
Mentoring the next generation in the ways of Christ is essential for the growth and health of the Church. It is through mentoring that we pass on the wisdom and knowledge of our faith to the next generation. We teach them the importance of an obedient life, prayer, Bible study, and service to others. We show them how to live a life of faith and obedience to God’s Word.
Mentoring is also a great way to build relationships with the next generation. We can get to know them, listen to their stories, and encourage them in their faith. We can be a source of support and guidance as they navigate the challenges of life, as we answer their questions and provide them with the resources they need to grow in their faith. We help them to understand the importance of living a life of faith and obedience to God.
Let us be faithful stewards of the Gospel and mentor the next generation in the ways of Christ. Let us share our stories of faith and help them to understand the power of the gospel. Let us build relationships with them and be a source of support and guidance. Let us be confident in our faith and be willing to invest our time and energy into mentoring the next generation.
We have a great responsibility to teach the coming generation about Christ. We must be intentional in our efforts and be willing to model a life of faith for our children, showing them that our faith is more than just words. We must also provide them with the resources they need to learn more about Jesus and His teachings. And, most importantly, we must be willing to pray for our children that they will come to know and love Jesus.
Finally, we must be willing to pray for our children. We must pray that God will open their hearts and minds to the truth of the Gospel, that He will draw them to Himself, and that He will give them the strength and boldness to follow Him.
The urgent need to tell the coming generation about Christ is clear from Psalm 78:1-8. This passage emphasizes the importance of passing on the stories of God’s faithfulness and power to the next generations. It is essential that we share the good news of Jesus Christ with the coming generation, so that they may know the Lord and experience His love and grace. We must be intentional in our efforts to share the gospel with them, so that they may come to know and love the Lord. We must.
Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. – John 17:17-19
The unbiblical beliefs of our age are a reflection of a culture that values feelings over facts. In this era, people are more likely to believe what they feel is true rather than what is actually true. This has led to a rise in false teachings and unbiblical beliefs that are often accepted as truth. These beliefs can be found in many areas, including politics, religion, and science. Unfortunately, these beliefs lead to confusion and division among people, as well as a huge lack of understanding of the Bible and its teachings. It is important for Christians to recognize the unbiblical beliefs of our age and to be aware of the dangers they can bring.
How Feelings and Emotions over Truth Impacts Society
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. - John 1:10
In recent years, there has been a fast growing trend of people placing more emphasis on their feelings than on facts. This unbiblical belief system has had a significant impact on society, leading to a number of negative consequences.
One of the most obvious effects of this trend is the rise of moral relativism. When people prioritize their feelings over facts, they are more likely to believe that there is no absolute right or wrong, and that morality is subjective. This has led to a society where people are more likely to make decisions based on their own personal preferences, rather than on what is absolutely right or wrong.
Another consequence of this trend is the rise of postmodernism. Postmodernism is a philosophical movement that rejects the idea of objective truth and instead embraces the idea that truth is relative and subjective. This has led to a society where people are more likely to believe that their own personal beliefs and opinions are just as valid as those of others, regardless of whether or not they are based on facts.
This trend has also led to a society where people are more likely to be swayed by emotional appeals rather than by facts and logic. This has had a particularly damaging effect on public discourse, as people are more likely to be swayed by emotional arguments rather than by facts and evidence. This has led to a society where people are divided along ideological lines, rather than being united by a shared commitment to truth and facts.
These unbiblical belief systems have had a significant negative impact on society. It has led to a decaying society where moral relativism is more prevalent, postmodernism is more accepted, and where feeling and emotion are more likely to be persuasive than facts, logic or truth.
Feelings and Emotions over Truth in the Church
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. - Matthew 22:37
In recent years, the church has seen a rapid shift in focus from Biblical facts to emotional feelings as the culture has crept into mainstream denominations. This shift has led to the acceptance of unbiblical beliefs and practices that have no basis in Scripture. I will attempt to examine some of these unbiblical beliefs and their implications for the church.
We have seen a rise of postmodernism/moral relativism in churches. This is dangerous, leading to the acceptance of false teachings and practices. It also greatly undermines the authority of Scripture, as it implies that our feelings and emotions are a better source of truth than the Bible.Feeling and emotions over truth has serious implications for the church. They seriously undermine the authority of Scripture and bring a lack of discernment in the church, as people are more likely to accept teachings and practices that are not based on Scripture.
This has led to worship changing in many churches. Many worship services have become so worldly that you would think you are in a concert hall rather than a church. More lights and smoke machines – less prayer and preaching. The preaching that you do hear, sounds more like a motivational speech than the teaching of God’s Word.
The church must remain focused on the truth of Scripture and reject any unbiblical beliefs that are contrary to it. There are still churches that have rejected the temptation to please people rather than pleasing God. I hope you attend one, or find one.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
It is important to be familiar with the Bible and its teachings. This means reading the Bible regularly and studying it in depth. It is also important to be familiar with the teachings of church history and its interpretation of the Bible. This will help to ensure that one is able to recognize unbiblical beliefs when they arise.
In an age where feelings are often given more importance than facts, it is essential to counter unbiblical beliefs with the truth of Scripture. The Bible provides a reliable foundation for understanding the world and our place in it. By studying Scripture, we can gain insight into God’s attributes, His character, and His plan for Christians.
The Bible is the only source of absolute truth. It is the inspired Word of God, and it is not subject to human interpretation or opinion, nor is it subject to change or revision. The Bible is consistent with itself. It is not a collection of random stories or ideas, but rather a unified historic and spiritual narrative that reveals God’s plan for humanity. The Bible is consistent in its teachings from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible is not subject to the whims of culture or the changing trends of society. The Bible is timeless in its teachings and can be trusted in any age.
By properly and consistently studying Scripture, we can gain insight into God’s character and His will for our lives. We can learn how to live in obedience to His commands and how to live in a way that honors and brings glory to Him. We can also learn how to counter unbiblical beliefs with the truth of Scripture. By studying the Bible, we can gain a better understanding of God, His will, and how to live in accordance with it.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
- Isaiah 1:18
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We’re no longer strangers to God when we become Christians. But now we’re strange to the world. A lot of Christians don’t understand that concept as well as they should, I don’t think. We still, you know, we’re supposed to be strangers in the world, but we still want the world to love us. We still want that approval from the world, we still want applause. We still want people to look at us, you know, in a special way. Is that just part of that sinfulness in us, that we want to exalt ourselves?
So well, you know, it’s a tricky thing because, remember, Jesus says, in Matthew 5:16 , “let your light shine before men that they might see your good works”. And those have to be works that are pleasing in the sight of the Father. So there is a place where we should have a desire, in fact in the book of Acts you read, even though the Pharisees and the religious elite were oppressing and opposing the Apostles, the scripture says that they had favor among the people. So there’s that balance between wanting applause.
And I think this is something a lot of Christians don’t understand. We don’t want the world to applaud us , but the scripture says we are to conduct ourselves in a way that the world doesn’t necessarily hate everything we do. Now, that’s such a fine line there. How do we do that? And that’s the balancing act. So we live righteously, but we never make it our goal to make people dislike us. You know, the phrase that many people use, and we all do it in there are times when it’s appropriate. Well, that’s the way it is, you just have to get over it. You know, that’s true. But that attitude can make people dislike you and not have anything to do with your Christian faith or your Christian commitment. So, so we have to, we have to watch ourselves and things like that. But if all we want is the applause of the world, so I guess the way you would say it is that we take both the applause and criticism. When we have conducted ourselves appropriately, and the world finds what we have done, satisfactory, then we say, amen. But when we have conducted ourselves properly and the world hates us, we say, Amen, you know, I think it was, I’m thinking it was Spurgeon who said, you should only believe half of what people say when they praise or criticizeyou. You deserve less of the praise and more of the blame than what we’re willing to admit.
I stand in a pulpit and I say homosexuality is a sin. That’s true. It needs to be said. But I can say it in the nicest way possible and still invoke the world’s wrath; because of the message. And I think we have to be careful that we’re just not setting out to make people dislike us, because that seems to fly in the face of what Jesus said about let your light shine, that they see your good works and glorified your Father in heaven. By the way, the only people that are going to really glorify God in heaven for those good works are people coming to Christ. So that somehow our works are being used by God to draw people to Christ, and not just driving people away, which will also happen. For me, it’s a very involved complex. How do we stay true to scripture without intentionally driving people away?
I guess the verse you mentioned, that people see our good works and then they glorify Christ. That’s the focal point of it. That’s the purpose, that we glorify Christ. Now we need to be doing good works so that people say, well, they’re doing a good work. But if Christ is not being glorified, then we’re missing the mark.
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The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.