Posts Tagged ‘Grace

08
Aug
18

Enemies Of The Cross

God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on a Roman cross for the sins of humanity. It was because of God’s great love and amazing grace that He gave us this gift. So many people choose to reject this gift. Not only do they reject it, but they actually hate those who have accepted it. Paul told the Philippians that many live as enemies of the cross. He wrote:

For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. – Philippians 3:18 (NIV)

Paul was brokenhearted over the fact that many see the cross of Christ as a threat and who live as enemies of it. Notice that they are not OUR enemies, but rather they live as enemies of the cross. We who have received God’s grace must pray for those who live as enemies of the cross. We need to love those who live as enemies of the cross. Our hearts should break for them because Jesus’ heart breaks for them. Let us do all that we can to reflect the light and love of God to this world so that those who live as enemies of the cross will come to know that Jesus wants to be their friend.
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01
Aug
18

To Know Christ

Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know Him in a personal way? I don’t mean to know things about Him. Do you REALLY know Him? The apostle Paul wanted to know Jesus and he wrote:

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)

To know Jesus is to know more than facts and figures about Him. It means to participate in the life of Christ. It means to know and experience the power that raised Him from the grave. It means to experience His suffering and death. It means to become like Him in the way that you love God and in the way that you love, serve and forgive people. It is a relationship based on His grace that will never end. Knowing Jesus is more than just a trivial pursuit. It is the pursuit of an eternal relationship with your Savior and Lord.
31
Jul
18

God’s Grace Is A Gift

In Philippians 3:7, Paul talked about his pedigree and how he considered it as nothing compared to Jesus. In verses 8-9, he says that EVERYTHING was nothing compared to knowing Jesus. He wrote:

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. – Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV)

The only way to be declared right with God is by grace through faith in Jesus. Nothing else will save you. You cannot obey enough, give enough, attend enough church services or do enough good deeds to earn God’s amazing grace. It is a free gift that is given to you by putting your faith and trust in Jesus. So quit trying to earn a gift that’s already been given to you. Believe and receive this awesome gift.
26
Jul
18

The Good News Of Grace

One of the major issues of the early church concerned the Gentiles and circumcision. There were false teachers who taught that they had to become Jews through being circumcised before they could become Christians. This problem was found in the Philippian church and Paul wrote:

Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. – Philippians 3:2-4a (NIV)

The good news of grace is that our forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ alone. It’s not Jesus plus anything. For the first-century Gentiles, it wasn’t Jesus plus circumcision. For 21st century people, it’s not Jesus plus legalistic rules regarding dress codes or avoiding certain types of music or movies. It’s simply saying, “Yes” to the wonderful grace of Jesus by believing in Him, turning away from sin in repentance, acknowledging your faith in Him and being baptized. It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Jesus did for you.
15
Jul
18

Trusting God’s Grace Even If He Says No

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

19
Apr
18

Growing In Grace And Faith

As Peter concludes his second letter, he does so on an encouraging note. Instead of listening to false teachers and falling away from their faith, Peter wants them to grow in grace. He wrote:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, one has to pursue Christ. You cannot sit idly by and expect to grow in your faith. If you want to know Jesus better, you’ve got to spend time in God’s Word. You need to spend time with other Christians in worship, service and study. You must learn to feed yourself a steady diet of Scripture, fellowship and service. God expects His children to grow in grace and faith. If you isolate yourself from other believers and if you don’t learn to feed yourself, you’ll starve your soul and you won’t grow. Take time to cultivate your garden of faith and your faith will grow healthy and strong.
18
Apr
18

Falling Away

One of the issues that Christians fight about is whether or not one can lose one’s salvation. Are we “once saved, always saved”? Or can we fall from grace? It’s a very touchy and complicated issue. Peter warned his readers that by listening to false teachers who were encouraging unholy lives that they could “fall from” their “secure position.” Peter wrote:

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. – 2 Peter 3:17 (NIV)

There were false teachers who were teaching unholy living. A holy God expects holiness from His people and lives that are different from the world around us. I believe that Peter is saying that when we persist in unholiness that we are in danger of jumping out of His hand. When we willfully live lives marked by disobedience and sin without care for what our salvation cost Jesus, we are in danger of falling away. God will never dump you, but be careful that you don’t fall away from Him by following the lies of false teachers.



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