When we separate our lives into separate compartments, our testimony is diminished. If we try to keep our christian life within the four walls of the Church our lives will be marked with hypocrasy. We cannot keep our spirtual life separate from our non-spiritual as we cannot separate the spirtual from physical.
The promises of God are sure. He is able to perform all that he has promised, the question is are you willing? Our sancitfication is a synergistic work where we see the meeting of God’s soverignty and man’s responsibility.
There is more to the Christian life than just showing up to Church gatherings. We must develop our personal relationship with Jesus. Our relationship does not keep us saved, it keeps us focused on Him. The extent to which we believe the promises of God will be in proportion to our relationship with Him. If we do not have a relationship we will not and cannot trust His promises, including that of His soon return.
There are many evidences that point to the reliability of the Bible. These include creation, a global flood, a cursed world, history, the volume of copies of the Bible manuscripts. The Bible also speaks of the earth being a sphere, springs and mountains in the seas, ocean currents, the water cycle, the expansion of galaxies and the innumerability of the stars.
Not only is the world around us changing a rapid pace, so too are many churches. Frequently this change in the church comes from within, often accompanied by a push towards an individualistic interpretation of the Bible. When man’s ideas and programs are introduced into the church it chokes out its fruitfulness. A Church should be walking together, united in the Truth. Division stems from those who are ‘devoid of the Spirit.’
Within the book of Numbers we have recorded for us ten different occasions when the Israelites complained about God and His provision. Ultimately their complaints were an outworking of their lack of trust in His ability to save them. On one occasion God responded to their murmurings by sending fiery serpents. These serpents brought judgement upon the Israelites. When the people realised their sin God set the object of their affliction to be raised up for their salvation. So it was many years later when the Son of God was made sin for us and lifted up for our salvation.
Since the time of Charles Finney the church has become more and more pragmatic in the way they conduct church. Many Christians today believe that the end justifies the means. When the church embraces this pragmatism the results include pastors sleeping on the roof of their church, others zip lining into the sanctuary dressed as the latest super hero, or the all too common better sex sermon series.
When we are pragmatic in our dealings we will always be on the look out for something better. We will not be content with where we are and the way we are doing things. We will be prepared to bend the rules to acheive our end goal. What then happens is the name of God is besmirched or left behind in pursuit of numbers.
Based on a message first preached by Harold Horton, this message compels believers to be active in not allowing any influence to hide the magnificent splendour of the Cross, by showing that God’s commands to the Israelites regarding the sacred treatment of the altar was a foreshadowing of the sacredness of the Cross.
Paul came to Corinth having decided to know amongst them only Jesus Christ and Him crucified. What actually did Paul preach to the Corinthians? Did they die of boredom because they had the same sermon preached week in and week out? What Paul was preaching was the full Gospel. Not just limited to our justification, Paul preached that the Gospel was instrumental to our sanctification also. How does this work itself out in our Christian lives?