Author Archive for Shawn Cornett

23
Aug
17

Do You Know Jesus?

We can claim to know Jesus, but where is the evidence? Where is the proof of our relationship with Him? It is in our obedience. The Apostle John wrote:

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. – 1 John 2:3-4 (NIV)

To know and love Jesus is to obey Him. What commands of His should we obey? All of them! We may tend to think that that is REALLY hard. In reality, Jesus boiled down all of God’s commands to two: love God and love people. If we really love God, we will not sin against Him by putting anything else in His place. That means that we have to put God first in our lives. If we really love people, it means that we won’t sin against them. We won’t lie to people or cheat on them or steal from them. If we claim to know Jesus, but we don’t do what He commands, then John says that we don’t really know Him. Jesus is Lord and Master and He means what He says. Do you know Jesus? If you do, then obey Him by loving God and loving people today.
22
Aug
17

Kissing The Feet Of Jesus

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 7:36-50.

22
Aug
17

Jesus Died For Everyone

Not only is Jesus our advocate before our Heavenly Father, but He is also the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did not die for just a few select people, though. Jesus died for everyone. This is what John said:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2 (NIV)

This is so important to realize as followers of Jesus. It means that EVERYONE has access to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone and everyone in the whole world can find salvation and forgiveness through our friend, Jesus. He sacrificed Himself on the cross for the sins of the whole world. So what does that mean for us in the church? We’ve got to tell the whole world about our Savior, Jesus. Everyone needs to hear about Him and His love and have the opportunity to respond to His offer of salvation by grace through faith. Who is the one person you can talk to today about your friend, Jesus? Go and tell them because everyday brings us one step closer to His return.
21
Aug
17

Our Advocate, Jesus

One of the primary goals of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. We do this by loving, serving and forgiving other people. We also do this by living holy lives that are set apart and different from those in the world around us. We need to sin less and love God and people more. We often come up short, though. John says that we have an advocate when we do. He wrote:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1 (NIV)
It is unrealistic to think that we will never sin. The phrase “not sin” here means to not keep on sinning. Our lives should be characterized less and less by sin the longer we walk with Jesus. But when we do inevitably fall short and sin, Jesus is our defense attorney before the Judge of us all. Jesus is pleading your case when you sin and because of God’s grace, we’re always declared innocent and not guilty.
18
Aug
17

Coming Clean

God is not shocked by your sin. When you confess the fact that you are a sinner, God, in His great mercy and grace, forgives you. All we are doing is agreeing with God’s assessment of the situation.  God knows that we are sinners. To confess our sins is just to agree with what God already knows. John wrote:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)

God is faithful to forgive our many sins when we own up to the reality of our situation. If we stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our sin and insist that we’re “good people,” God will not forgive us. So confess your sinfulness to God today. He will neither be shocked nor surprised. He already knows what you’ve done and He’s ready to forgive you.
17
Aug
17

Denying The Sin Within

There is a prevailing thought in our world today that people are generally good. There is this notion that people aren’t that bad and that we’re getting better all of the time. The Apostle John had a different take on the matter:

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

People are NOT good. We are, in all actuality, pretty rotten to the core. The events of Charlottesville this past weekend should be all that you need to see in order to know that people are capable of great evil. We’re ALL sinners. When we deny that fact, we are only deceiving ourselves. If we deny the fact that we’re sinners, we also deny the fact that we need a Savior. After all, if we’re not sinners, why do we need Someone to save us from them? If we’re all “good people,” then we don’t need anyone to save us. The truth is that we’re all sinners and we need a Savior. The good news of the Bible is that God, in His great love for us, reached down into our world and sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. He is the only hope that we have.
16
Aug
17

Positioning Ourselves In The Light

The darkness is a scary place. It is a place with no light. Little children are afraid of the dark. Frankly, adults should be, too. This is what the Apostle John said about the darkness and the light:

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)

As a follower of Jesus, I need to position myself in the light because that’s where God is – in the light. If I want to be with God, I need to be in the light. Lies, lust, hatred, rage, greed, drunkenness and envy all belong to the darkness. If I want to be with God, I have to reject these deeds of darkness – and others – and walk in His light. We have to be filled with the Spirit of God and let Him take over and continually lead us to His light. Then we will be filled with the light of love, joy, peace and hope.



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