Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Why Jesus came into the world? (part 4)

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

What kind of world did Jesus Christ come into? What world did He die for? Did He die just for the “world of the elect?” Some would probably say yes. I believe the Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ died for all. 1 John 2:2 reads: “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” This does not mean that the whole world will be saved. Jesus died for everyone, but only those who repent and believe will be saved. He is the Savior of every man especially or particularly of those that believe (see 1 Tim. 4:10). Atonement is unlimited in scope but limited in application. Your thoughts please…comment moderation is turned off. All are welcome.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why Jesus came into the world? (part 3)

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

Not only does God give us an answer that is trustworthy, but it is also "worthy of all acceptation," this means that it is worthy to be embraced by all. It is worthy of our complete acceptance. It is a fascinating thought that every genuine born again believer, believes the same thing regarding Salvation. Many Christians are divided as far as certain doctrines, but everyone who is going to Heaven, believes the same thing that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the Eternal Son of God, that He is our vicarious substitute on the cross, that His precious, incorruptible blood is divine in nature and that it’s shedding is the reason our sins are remitted. Every born again believer knows that all our credentials are insufficient to get us to Heaven. Every true Christian knows that repentance of sin and self and unreserved trust in Christ alone are the only means to Salvation. We are saved because our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for us and rose again from the grave. Christians may be divided on many core doctrines, but one doctrine no one can be divided on and anticipate the joys of Heaven revolve around the person and work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is worthy of all acceptation. Praise God, He came to save sinners.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Why Jesus came into the world? (part 2)

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

So our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. This in effect is God's answer to that question, why did Jesus come into the world? If God did not tell us why, we would speculate to no end. God had to tell us why. Praise God He did tell us why. This answer is "a faithful saying," and that means it is trustworthy. Dear friend, you can trust whatever God says. In fact, whatever the Bible says is so. There's a famous saying: "If God said it I believe it that settles it." I am so thankful we do not need to speculate over anything. So long as we have the Bible, God’s holy Word, we can know with certainty every important thing that God wants us to know. God’s word is trustworthy.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Why Jesus came into the World?

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

Christmas is around the corner. I will attempt to beat the Christmas rush by looking at a fundamental Christmas question "why did the Lord Jesus Christ come into this world?" If I were to ask people I would most certainly find a variety of answers, some would be partly true, and others, sadly mistaken.

Some would say that He came to set up a new and better government. Others would say He came to teach us about God. Many believe that Jesus Christ is nothing more than a good teacher, a good man, a good rabbi. Still others would say that He came to demolish poverty and diseases. He was a great healer. Perhaps He was another prophet. He was a hero for His generation, His time, His day and age. Certainly many would say that He was a good example for us to follow.

The real and direct answer, according to the Bible is that “He came into the world to save sinners.” I am so thankful that God revealed this plain and simple answer to us in His Word. Had the answer been left to our own whim or philosophy, we may have come up with some pretty interesting responses, it may even sound impressive but it would not necessarily be true. Thankfully we read in God's Word, the Bible, truth. And the truth states it quite simply: “He came into the world to save sinners.”

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Delighting in God's Word (part 2) - A Healthy Appetite

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." (Jeremiah 15:16)

Here I go again, talking about food. Anyway, a healthy appetite is a wonderful gift from God. The truth is that if a person has an appetite he will enjoy even a piece of bread and water. On the other hand a person can have a lavish spread on the dinner table but because of a poor appetite, he cannot appreciate the meal. This illustrates how we ought to desire a healthy appetite towards God's Word. First, Salvation brings this appetite to the soul. An unsaved person, one who is not "born again" (see John 3:1-7), cannot appreciate what God has spread in front of him because he is spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1). Simply put, dead men don't eat. Secondly, hard work tends to work up an appetite. Study the Bible. Be a serious student of the Word. As you labor in the Word, you will grow in your love for the Bible. The more you get in The Book, the more you will delight in The Book. Dear friend, how goes your appetite for God and His Word?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Youth Alive - 5th Quarter pics

This is what the community center looked like prior to the arrival of the teens. With plenty of helping hands the "set up" and "tear down" was easy. Many hands make light work. We had many hard working hands and praying hearts!

They came after the football game (all 61 teens) it was neat. In this picture Evangelist Eric Ramos is timing this guy in eating a dum-dum lolipop.

There was plenty of pizza and pop for everyone. What a blast!

Pastor Chris adverstized our public school Bible club minstries and also gave away lots of prizes courtesy of many of the local business around our community. (Pastor Chris is the one with his head down, behind the podium).

A pastor friend (Pastor Jeff Ferguson and his wife Tracy) came with five teenagers from his church's youth group to join us for this activity and the Saturday's teen retreat. It certainly is neat to connect with other friends in the ministry! This picture has Pastor Jeff standing up at the back. Many came and heard a very clear and powerful Gospel message. As far as we know, five teens prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. We are following up on many of these young folks; would you pray that the Lord would continue to work in their hearts?