Posts Tagged ‘Repentance

13
Dec
19

God’s Heart

Let’s face it, Christians don’t always represent God well. People who don’t believe in God think that God is out to get them or that He hates these people or those people. They believe that God is just waiting to smite them or to send them to hell. Why do they believe that? Part of it is due to some Christians who put this message on repeat. Peter says something about the heart of God in 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT). He wrote:

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

Peter was talking about the end of time when Christ returns. He said that people would doubt that Jesus is coming back because of how long it is taking. What they don’t realize is that every day that the Lord tarries is another opportunity for someone to turn to Christ in faith for forgiveness. Do not be deceived. Destruction will come on those who ultimately reject Christ and His offer of salvation. Hell is real. God, though, doesn’t want anyone to go there. In His great love for the world, God sent Jesus to save the world, not condemn it. So don’t be impatient with God for the return of His Son. Trust that God’s timing is best and that someone whom you know and love is getting another chance to believe and repent.

09
Apr
18

The Lord Wants Everyone To Be Saved

Jesus promised us that He would return. The Bible says that it will be “soon.” As we sit here nearly 2,000 years later we wonder what might be taking so long. It may seem as though God has forgotten about us. He sure seems to be taking His time in keeping this promise. The apostle Peter wrote that there is a purpose to the Lord’s patience. He wrote:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

God’s heart beats for people who are far from Him. It can be easy to fall into the trap of selfishness. We want to go to Heaven and leave this world behind! But what about those who don’t know Jesus yet? What about those who will still believe? God wants EVERYONE to be saved. Rather than sitting around waiting for Jesus to return, let’s go out and make disciples like He told us to do.
04
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us To Receive The Promise

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:1-14.

20
Sep
17

Continuing To Sin

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. If we live lives that are characterized by sin and disobedience, do we really know and love Him? John wrote:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. – 1 John 3:6 (NIV)

These sound like scary words, right? I don’t know about you, but I still sin and fall short. So do I not know Him? Am I not living in Him? I believe that the idea that John has in mind here is a life characterized by sin. Is your life more characterized by sin or by repentance and righteousness? Every single one of us has sin in our lives. We’re not perfect and we know it. God does, too. That’s why He sent Jesus. He is the One who can deal with our sin by forgiving it. When we realize what He’s done for us, we will desire to sin less and love Him more.
12
Aug
16

Born Again

John 3:4-8 (NIV)

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

In the late-night conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus, Jesus says some things that are puzzling to Nicodemus. He tells him that we must be born again and that we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God unless we are born again. Nicodemus takes Jesus’ words at face value and tries to imagine a grown man literally being born from his mother’s womb a second time. Jesus wasn’t speaking literally, of course. He was speaking spiritually.

We need to be born of the Spirit. How are we born of water and the Spirit? Through baptism into Christ. Peter said on the Day of Pentecost,


Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38 (NIV)


When we put our faith in Christ, we are born agains when we express our faith in repentance and by being baptized. We are then filled with the Holy Spirit of God. All of this is made possible by God’s grace. Without the grace of God, we are lost and dead in our sins. But by God’s grace through faith in Christ, He washes away our sins when we call on His name. Let us give thanks for the amazing grace that has made forgiveness and salvation possible through Jesus.

PRAYER: Thank You for the grace that has rescued me from my sins, O God. Thank You for saving me through Your Son, Jesus. I turn to You in repentance today and humbly confess my sins to You. Thank You for Your forgiveness in Jesus’ name, amen.

16
Jun
16

The Biblical Plan Of Salvation

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from June 5, 2016.

28
Apr
16

Escaping God’s Wrath

Zechariah 1:1-6 (NIV)

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:

2 “The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. 4 Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5 Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?

“Then they repented and said, ‘The Lord Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.’”

 

Zechariah was a prophet and priest who was born in Babylon when the Jews from Judah were in captivity there. When the Persians conquered the Babylonians in 539 BC, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. About 50,000 exiles returned to Jerusalem, just as God had promised. Zechariah called God’s people to remain faithful to the Lord Almighty as they began to rebuild the temple.

In verse 2, the phrase, “The Lord was very angry…” is literally translated, “The Lord was angry with anger.” God’s people, with whom He had entered into a loving relationship, rebelled against Him and did evil in His sight. God punished His people because of their rebellion. God’s anger does not last forever. He promised that a remnant would return to Jerusalem. That is exactly what happened.

Zechariah reminded the people that God’s heart is for repentance and forgiveness, not wrath and punishment. We see this in the New Testament in the life and death of Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to call people to repentance and to take the punishment for our rebellion and sin. When Jesus went to the cross, He was the object of God’s wrath. God poured out all of His wrath on Christ on the cross.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (NIV) says:

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:1-5 (NIV):

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

God has saved us by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus. His wrath is reserved for those who reject Christ. Let us live to tell of Jesus and His love so that others may escape the coming wrath of God.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your grace that saves us from wrath. Thank You for rescuing me through Your Son, Jesus. May I have an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with someone today that they might hear, believe and repent and turn to You for forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen.



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