Posts Tagged ‘Salvation

17
Oct
17

God Showed Us His Love

God does more than watch us from a distance. God takes more than just a casual interest in our lives and in our world. God intensely loves the world with all of His heart. Why? For the same reasons that a father and mother love their children – He made us. So when humanity sinned against God and broke the intimacy we had with Him, God made a way back to Him because He loves us so much. John wrote:

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. – 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

We were destined to die and be separated from God for eternity. But God showed us His love by sending Jesus to give us the opportunity to live with Him forever. He did more than say, “I love you, world.” He demonstrated the fact that He loves us and it cost Him dearly. God is love and His love is expressed in more than words. He loved us by sending Jesus. How can we love Him in return? By loving others in His name.
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05
Oct
17

He Lives In Us

Do you ever wonder if you’re on the right track when it comes to following Jesus? Maybe you’re like me and you sometimes doubt whether or not God is pleased with you. Being a follower of Jesus is more than a feeling. It’s a relationship between you and the God who lives in you. Listen to what John says:

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. – 1 John 3:24 (NIV)

When we believe in Jesus and love other people, we are obeying His command. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus for salvation and forgiveness, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live in us. His Spirit convicts us of sin and reassures us of God’s presence in our lives. The Holy Spirit is more than a feeling. The Bible says that He is a deposit guaranteeing our salvation. Listen to the Spirit today and trust in Christ and not your feelings.
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.



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