Posts Tagged ‘sinners

19
Jan
18

We Don’t Live That Way Anymore

Every follower of Jesus has a past. We all have a transformation story. We used to live one way, now we’re living differently. This was as true in the first century as it is now. Peter writes:

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. – 1 Peter 4:3-4 (NIV)

Notice what he says about persecution. When we live differently and we don’t go along with the crowd, we are abused and persecuted. People who live for Jesus stick out like a sore thumb. We should never look down on others or condemn them. That’s not our job. We need to make sure that we are living righteous lives that please our Heavenly Father instead of sinning with the crowd. We should rejoice when persecuted for great is our reward in Heaven.
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04
Aug
17

Don’t Be Jealous Of Sinners

It’s hard to watch the wicked prosper. Especially when you are trying to do the right things and live your life for Jesus. When those who do not fear the Lord seem to get ahead, it’s just not fair. Why do they have so many blessings and we just struggle? Solomon said this:

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:17-18 (NIV)

Pastor and author Randy Alcorn said this:

“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”

Remember that God has promised you a future in Heaven with Him. The best things in this life cannot compare with the future God has prepared for you. This life is brief and Heaven is eternal. Stay faithful to Jesus for your hope is secure in Him. Better days are coming…
07
Dec
16

Why Christ Came

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. — 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

When we celebrate Christmas each year, we think about gifts, manger scenes, lights and the baby Jesus.  We hear the songs that bring back so many memories.  Songs about reindeer and snowmen to songs about angels, shepherds and one very Holy Night.  It is a time for gathering with friends and family.  It is a wonderful time of year that we return to every December (though it feels like it starts much earlier than that!).  Why?  Why do we do this each and every year?  It’s not a bad thing.  It brings out the best in many of us.  There is a little more peace and joy in our lives.  There is a little more love and goodwill towards others.  But why?

I think that Paul’s words to the young preacher Timothy get at the real meaning of Christmas.  Jesus came to save sinners (Paul said that he was the worst and that gives me hope that I could never be higher on the list than # 2!).  Let me say this once again: Jesus Christ came to save sinners.  He was born in a manger to save sinners.  He died on a cross to save sinners.  He became like us so that He could save us.  Now we have the hope of an eternity with Him because of this wonderful fact: Jesus came to save sinners.  That is what Christmas is really all about.

PRAYER: Father, in the busyness of this season, help me to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.  Help me to remember the birth of Jesus, my Savior.  Thank You for sending Him into the world to save a sinner like me.  I praise and thank You in His name, amen.

27
Mar
16

God For Sinners

The Easter message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the first message in our series, “God For The Rest Of Us” and it is based on Luke 15:1-6.

10
Mar
16

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” — Luke 15:1-2 (NIV)

Jesus attracted the wrong kind of crowd for the religious establishment of His day.  He drew in the outcasts and the disenfranchised.  He did more than casually acknowledge them.  He welcomed them and spent time with them.  He rubbed shoulders with those whom the holy Joes considered to be the scum of the earth.  I can just imagine that the “sinners” inched ever closer to Christ to hear His teaching and experience His love and mercy.  I can also imagine that that the Pharisees and teachers of the Law kept a safe distance to mock and scorn.  Jesus wanted to get His hands dirty.  The religious leaders wanted to keep up appearances by scoffing in self-righteousness.

I love that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day see that Jesus welcomes sinners.  He doesn’t tolerate sinners.  He doesn’t acknowledge sinners.  The Greek word has as its root a word that means “expectation”.  He expected sinners to come and hang out with Him.  He came to chase after those who were lost (Luke 19:10, NIV).  It was those who thought that they had it all together that scorned Him and scoffed at Him.  It was the sinners who were welcome in His presence.  It was the dirty, good-for-nothing, spiritual losers for whom Jesus’ heart was beating.  People think that they have to clean up their act to come to Jesus.  Shame on Christians for perpetuating this myth!  You don’t go see a doctor after you’ve been healed.  You go see the doctor because you are sick!  You don’t come to Jesus after you’ve cleaned up your act.  You come to Jesus so He can clean up your act!  It is by God’s grace that we are welcomed, accepted and transformed.  You are welcome to come to Him just as you are.  No pretense.  No righteousness of your own.  With your wounds, scars, filth and sin, He will welcome you with open arms.  It is He who said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3, NLT).  When you realize your spiritual poverty and are at the end of your spiritual rope, you’ll find that God is there to pick you up and rescue you.  That’s what a true Friend does.

PRAYER: Lord, I confess that I am a sinner in need of grace.  Thank You for sending Jesus to be a Friend of sinners.  Thank You for calling me Your friend.  Amen.

09
Dec
15

Why Christ Came

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. — 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

When we celebrate Christmas each year, we think about gifts, manger scenes, lights and the baby Jesus.  We hear the songs that bring back so many memories.  Songs about reindeer and snowmen to songs about angels, shepherds and one very Holy Night.  It is a time for gathering with friends and family.  It is a wonderful time of year that we return to every December (though it feels like it starts much earlier than that!).  Why?  Why do we do this each and every year?  It’s not a bad thing.  It brings out the best in many of us.  There is a little more peace and joy in our lives.  There is a little more love and goodwill towards others.  But why?

I think that Paul’s words to the young preacher Timothy get at the real meaning of Christmas.  Jesus came to save sinners (Paul said that he was the worst and that gives me hope that I could never be higher on the list than # 2!).  Let me say this once again: Jesus Christ came to save sinners.  He was born in a manger to save sinners.  He died on a cross to save sinners.  He became like us so that He could save us.  Now we have the hope of an eternity with Him because of this wonderful fact: Jesus came to save sinners.  That is what Christmas is really all about.

PRAYER: Father, in the busyness of this season, help me to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.  Help me to remember the birth of Jesus, my Savior.  Thank You for sending Him into the world to save a sinner like me.  I praise and thank You in His name, amen.

18
Jun
15

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” — Luke 15:1-2 (NIV)

Jesus attracted the wrong kind of crowd for the religious establishment of His day.  He drew in the outcasts and the disenfranchised.  He did more than casually acknowledge them.  He welcomed them and spent time with them.  He rubbed shoulders with those whom the holy joes considered to be the scum of the earth.  I can just imagine that the “sinners” inched ever closer to Christ to hear His teaching and experience His love and mercy.  I can also imagine that that the Pharisees and teachers of the Law kept a safe distance to mock and scorn.  Jesus wanted to get His hands dirty.  The religious leaders wanted to keep up appearances by scoffing in self-righteousness.

I love that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day see that Jesus welcomes sinners.  He doesn’t tolerate sinners.  He doesn’t acknowledge sinners.  The Greek word has as its root a word that means “expectation”.  He expected sinners to come and hang out with Him.  He came to chase after those who were lost (Luke 19:10, NIV).  It was those who thought that they had it all together that scorned Him and scoffed at Him.  It was the sinners who were welcome in His presence.  It was the dirty, good-for-nothing, spiritual losers for whom Jesus’ heart was beating.  People think that they have to clean up their act to come to Jesus.  Shame on Christians for perpetuating this myth!  You don’t go see a doctor after you’ve been healed.  You go see the doctor because you are sick!  You don’t come to Jesus after you’ve cleaned up your act.  You come to Jesus so He can clean up your act!  It is by God’s grace that we are welcomed, accepted and transformed.  You are welcome to come to Him just as you are.  No pretense.  No righteousness of your own.  With your wounds, scars, filth and sin, He will welcome you with open arms.  It is He who said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3, NLT).  When you realize your spiritual poverty and are at the end of your spiritual rope, you’ll find that God is there to pick you up and rescue you.  That’s what a true Friend does.




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