Author Archive for Shawn Cornett

15
Jul
19

Craving Nourishment

One of the reasons people give for leaving a church is that they were not being fed. This is entirely possible if the church is devoid of study and growth opportunities or the preacher is feeding the congregation a diet of sermons lacking in substance. At the same time, it is up to the believer in Christ to not only take advantage of growth opportunities, but to also feed himself or herself. You have to want to grow. You have to want to be fed. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT) says:
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
When we come to faith in Christ, we are like newborns. What do newborns do when they are hungry? They cry out for milk. If you are a spiritual newborn, you have to go where the nourishment is and cry out for spiritual food. If you are a more mature believer, you need to pick up the spoon and feed yourself, too. Read your Bible. Get in a group. Worship regularly. And don’t think that a 30 minute sermon once a week is enough to nourish your soul. If you only ate once a week, you’d be physically malnourished. Why do that to your soul? Use the tools God has given you to feed your soul.
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12
Jul
19

Everything Must Go!

Have you ever seen a store have a going out of business sale? What do they say? Everything must go! Sometimes a family will have a moving sale because they’re leaving one place and moving to another across the country. Everything must go!
The apostle Peter, reflecting on what it means to be born again, said that everything from our old way of life must go. 1 Peter 2:1 (NLT) says:

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.

As followers of Jesus, everything evil must go. He lists four types of evil behavior that we are to be done with. He says to be done with deceit, which is dishonesty. We shouldn’t lie, but rather we should always speak the truth in love. We need to be done with hypocrisy. We should stop pretending to be something that we’re not. We need to be done with jealousy. Instead of wanting what others have, we should be content with what God has blessed us with. We need to be done with unkind speech. Oh be careful little mouth what you say. Is the content of your speech kind and encouraging? Or are you tearing others down with your words. For followers of Christ who have been born again, we need to do away with evil behavior of every kind. Everything must go.

11
Jul
19

The Word Stands Forever

Peter said that we have been born again to eternal life by the living word of God. He then said this in 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NLT):

As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass;
their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

We are all here temporarily. We are merely passing through this world on our way to eternity. We who follow Jesus will live forever with Him. Our time on earth is short, though. We are reminded of this as Peter quotes the book of Isaiah. We will all pass from this life someday. None of us are guaranteed any amount of time in our lives. God’s Word, though, will last forever. Generations come and generations go, but God’s Word stands the test of time. The Good News of Jesus Christ continues to change lives for the glory of God and will continue to do so until Christ returns. Let us be faithful to the Word of God for it teaches us how to know God, love God and how to have a relationship with Him.

10
Jul
19

The Living Word Of God

Did you know that God’s Word is alive? Hebrews 4 says that it is alive and active. 2 Timothy 3 says that it is God-breathed. When God breathes, He breathes life as He did for Adam in Genesis. The apostle Peter said this in 1 Peter 1:23 (NLT):

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

God’s Word is eternal and alive. Nothing can destroy it for it comes from God. It is not only alive, but it gives eternal life, too. Peter said that when we are born again by the grace of God we are born to a new and eternal life. The eternal word of God breathes life into us and gives us the promise of eternal life. So don’t leave your Bible on the shelf. Read the Word of God and meditate on it. Talk about it with others. Join a group and worship with a church that preaches and teaches God’s Word faithfully. This is the Word that is alive and gives life, too.

09
Jul
19

Love One Another

As part of God’s family, we have an important command to follow: love one another. Jesus commanded it in John 13. Paul commanded it in his letters. Peter said the same thing. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) says:
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
When you came to faith in Christ and obeyed Him by being baptized, God washed away your sins. God made you a new creation and adopted you into His family. You were then called to obey a new command: love one another. This is not a lip-service kind of love, either. Peter says to love one another deeply from the heart. We rejoice with one another and we mourn with one another. We accept one another in all of our faults and failures. We encourage one another. We support one another. We walk through the storms with one another. Christ’s church is built on love – love for God and love for one another. He commanded it and we submit to Him. If there is someone you’re having a hard time loving, start by praying for them and for opportunities to show them love this week and then follow through with action.
08
Jul
19

Trusting In God

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in human history. Why? Because it changed everything. When God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, He defeated death forever. He conquered sin forever. He sealed the fate of the enemy once and for all. God showed us that we could trust Him to keep His promises.
1 Peter 1:21 (NLT) says:

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

Do you trust Him? It’s one thing to believe that Jesus came and died and rose again. It’s another thing to put your trust in God for all of your needs. When life is hard and you’re going through difficult times, do you trust God? When a loved one is sick in the hospital or dying from a terminal illness, do you trust God to get them – and you – through it? When there are financial needs that you’re struggling to meet, do you trust God to provide? Do you really trust Him to be your provider, your protector and your promise keeper? Trust is hard, my friends. It’s one thing to say, “I believe.” It’s a totally different thing to say, “I trust.” Here’s the thing: you can trust Him. He raised Jesus from the dead and He can raise your dead hopes and dreams back to life as well. He conquered the grave and He can conquer your fears. So trust in God today for He is trustworthy.

04
Jul
19

Bought With Blood

We’re funny people, aren’t we? We complain about the price of goods and services, yet we get really skeptical when something is given to us free of charge. There must be something wrong with it or it seems too good to be true. There’s no such thing as a free lunch! If someone wants to buy something for you, then they must want something. Nothing is truly free in this world. Well, almost nothing. Here’s what the apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT):

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

God, in His great love and grace, paid a ransom for you. Sin and death hold the world hostage and demand payment in blood. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed and their blood temporarily satisfied the debt. God had a plan for a permanent solution. Jesus was the human sacrifice who could satisfy the debt we owed once and for all. That’s why He suffered, bled and died. We were bought with blood.




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