This is my first post as the Pastor of Grace Bible Church, though I have now been there for two Sundays.
I have tried to lay a strong foundation in the first couple of messages that I preached there. To do that, I have focused on two passages of Scripture that have had a great impact on my own Christian life. The New Testament books of Colossians and 1 Timothy have been used by the Lord in my life, to mature and temper me as a Christian and as a pastor. Both lay out the importance of right believing that produces right living.
Too much of the Church in our day is not concened with either! Too many of those, so called, Christians cry, “Foul!” when either of these areas are brought into question in their lives. This is clear evidence of their failure to understand who they are and who Christ is; to comprehend the amazing grace that He gives to His people. This is not legalism, but true, biblical Christian Faith. It is rooted in what God did for me while I was yet a sinner and my proper response to His great mercy! He saved me because He is good, not because I am or was ever good.
The Apostle Paul asks this stinging question to the Roman Christians, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God…” Romans 2:4-5 Later, he tells them what the apropriate response to God’s grace is as he says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 That, “reasonable service” is an important phrase. It is not our reasonable service as a slave who serves his master. The Greek word used there is latreian and it is where we get the word “liturgy” from. That means a religious or worship service. Christrian, is your life a worship service to the God who saved you when you were absolutely helpless and unworthy? Do you realize what God has done for you and do you realize that your reasonable response is to worship Him with every breath that He puts into your lungs? Not that you have to live at church and only sing praise songs, but that every thing you do is as a representative of Jesus and should be done as a form of thanksgiving to God through Jesus Christ?
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Whatever You Do – SERMON AUDIO
Or that God expects you to live a life that accords with the Gospel of Grace that He has revealed to you by His Word and His Spirit and that He actually expects you to be Holy because He will use that in the lives of those around you, possible to bring them to faith as well?
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Doctrine and Deeds – SERMON AUDIO
I encourage you to listen to the sermons and meditate on the Scriptures as you pray that the Lord would make His Word effective in your life through the agency of His Spirit and that you would have more than a “said faith.” This is the sure foundation that we must build our lives upon!
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49