When I first read Hebrews 13 and the notes from a study I had (you can look up The Summit Church or J.D. Greear for his study of Hebrews; the bullet points below summarize part of this study), it seemed this was about worship. It is. But it is also about the character of the church. Or, perhaps part of worship is the character of the church. To start with, what is the church? It is not a building and not where you “go to” to fulfill your duty as a Christian, though that is an important part of your spiritual life. That is a time to fellowship with other believers and worship God, but our act of worship should be non-stop throughout our week and our life. That is a study in itself, but not for this post. What the church is, though is you and me. It is Christ’s bride. It is the body of believers. It is those who follow Him. Continue reading “Character of the Church”
Today’s Daily Scripture is again from Paul’s letter to the Philippian church:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed in His death
As Psalm 63 says, “O God, You are my God, early I seek You; My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory”
The study I went through today was very convicting. We should have angst and deep desire to long for Jesus Christ. We need to seek God more than anything. In the way a dehydrated, dying man in a desert seeks for water is how we should seek God. Nothing else matters in comparison to what Jesus Christ has done for us and through His death and resurrection. We have Christ in us, if we accept Him as our Lord and our Savior. This is part of what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In all we do, let us turn to Him first. In all that we do, let us give Him the glory.
This is the second part of scriptures on eternal security. Are we forever saved once we accept Christ as Lord and Savior? Or can we lose our salvation? What do you think? More on that in the future. Before reading, please be sure to read through my previous post in Part 1. When you finish and think about it. please comment. I hope to get a good discussion. I have friends who believe one of each of the arguments, some who may not believe in either. I hope as you search the scriptures and pary to God, that you will have clarity. Whatever the case may be, may you be blessed and may the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. Continue reading “What is our Assurance? Part 2”
A question that often comes up and there is much debate is “do we have assurance of eternal life?” Or “can we lose our salvation once we have obtained it?” Or is it ‘once saved always saved?’ I have my opinion, but I am going to withhold it for now and just give you some scriptures that talk about this very subject. I will let you read these and let you decide for yourself. As you read, I suggest that you pray and ask God to reveal the truth and speak to you through these scripture before reading. Ask Him to remove any bias or preconceptions and read as though this is the first time you have read or heard of this subject. Then, read the context of each of these (read part 1 and part 2 before making any conclusions). Read the chapter before and after. Ask yourself, who is the author speaking to? What is his intent? Is he speaking about a certain group of people? Is he speaking literally or hypothetically? After doing all that, pray again. Then, make a conclusion. Please write a comment. I would like to see what you think. Continue reading “What is our Assurance? Part 1”
God’s Law is perfect. What does it mean for us? How does grace fit in? How does the law fit in with grace? What is grace? Grace is unmerited favor; it is a gift from God. Nothing we cannot earn our way into heaven. To follow the law to earn our way to heaven, we must follow the whole law, every bit of it, all of it, every day. Continue reading “Law and Grace”