Posts Tagged ‘Salvation

26
Jun
17

Saving The Wanderers

As we journey along this path of faith, we may wander from the straight and narrow or we’ll notice that others have done the same thing. How should we deal with those who wander? James says:

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. – James 5:19-20 (NIV)

When someone wanders away from Jesus, we have to go after them. We have to search for them. We have to care enough about them that we will point out the error of their ways. We do not stand over them in judgment, but rather we reach out to them in love. We’re throwing life preservers to our brothers and sisters, not berating them for falling overboard. When someone falls down, we pick them up instead of ignoring them. Let’s encourage each other to stay on the straight and narrow path and seek those who are wandering from it.
26
Apr
17

I Have To Earn My Salvation

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the second message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts.”

06
Mar
17

Wrath Is Coming

There is both good news and bad news regarding the wrath of God. Paul says that because of the sins listed in Colossians 3:5, such as sexual immorality, lust, impurity and greed, there is wrath coming. He says:

Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. – Colossians 3:6 (NIV)

The bad news is that God’s wrath IS coming. The good news is that if you are in Christ Jesus, this wrath is not coming for you. As one of my favorite preachers, Steve Brown, has said, God poured out all of His wrath on Jesus on the cross. He has no more left for you. For those who trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, the wrath of God was satisfied when Jesus took our place and our punishment on the cross. If you are not trusting in Jesus for forgiveness, it pains me to say that God’s wrath is coming for you. Rejoice, my fellow believer, in what Christ has done for you. Weep, my fellow believer, for those around us who aren’t even aware that God’s wrath is coming for them. Let us tell the world of God’s grace so they don’t have to experience God’s wrath.
06
Mar
17

Deliverance

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

23
Dec
16

Merry Christmas!

Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley

Hark the herald angels sing,

“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

 
PRAYER: Thank You, Father God, for sending Jesus to Earth so many years ago. Thank You for forgiving my sins by Your grace through faith in Him. Thank You for Your unconditional love. I thank You in Jesus’ name, amen.
21
Dec
16

He Came To Preach Peace

He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. — Ephesians 2:17 (NIV)

He will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Jesus was all about peace, but not the kind of peace about which we typically think.  Jesus was about the ultimate peace that He brings between God and humanity.  While we look for peace in the Middle East or Afghanistan (not that that would be a bad thing — it would be wonderful!), Jesus seeks to reconcile God and sinners.  That’s why He came.

Our sin separates us from God and makes us His enemies (Colossians 1:21).  Jesus can bring peace between God and us and if we will accept God’s gracious offer of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus, we will be counted as God’s friends!  God desires that no one should perish apart from knowing Him, but that all should repent from sin and turn to Him (2 Peter 3:9).  How can we become God’s friends?  Simple!

  • Believe in Jesus as the only way to be saved (Ephesians 2:8)
  • Repent and turn to God for forgiveness (2 Peter 3:9; Acts 2:38)
  • Confess your faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21)
  • Live a life of faithful obedience (Philippians 1:27; Colossians 3:17)

It’s so simple and it’s free!  It’s the most wonderful gift ever given — peace with God!  It can be yours this Christmas.  May God bless you and keep you and may Christ give you peace…

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Thank You for making peace possible between You and me. I have sinned against You time and again. I confess my sins to You and ask for Your forgiveness. Give me the courage to obey You and to live a life of faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

15
Dec
16

A Rescue Mission Of Love

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

The message of Christmas is more than just angels and mangers, shepherds and magi. The true meaning of Christmas is the story of a rescue mission of love. 1 John 4:9-10 sums it up so well. God sent His Son to die so that we might live. How did He do this? Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus laid down His life as a human sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. He is the perfect, unblemished Lamb of God. He was miraculously conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and He lived a perfect life. He was an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to our Heavenly Father on our behalf. He took our place by taking our punishment. We deserve death and Hell and Jesus died in our place to keep us out of Hell. He faced the full brunt of the wrath of the Father so we wouldn’t have to face it ourselves.
The question is, “Why?” Why leave the throne room of Heaven and the adoration of angelic beings for a manger? Why come to earth knowing that You would be despised and rejected? Why come to earth knowing that You would suffer and die for the sins of humanity? The simple answer is, “Love.” The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus is an expression of and demonstration of the love of God. God’s love is so powerful and compassionate that He sent His only Son to make eternity possible with Him. He would rather die than spend eternity without us. Think about that today as we get closer to Christmas.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for Your love that sent Jesus to earth to take away my sins. Thank You for the true meaning of Christmas and for the rescue mission of love Jesus came to fulfill. In His name, amen.



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