8/25/16 - Special Video: Paul David Washer - 2002 Youth Evangelism Conference

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8/23/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 116

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Perspective
The spiritual life is an endurance race, not a sprint.
Perspective
Just because some have been moved by the Spirit to accelerate in certain areas of their lives at this time, doesn't mean that others are being called to do the exact same.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
Living for others means having the wisdom to understand the nuances here. It means always considering others in whatever we say or do. That's why over time, when emotions die down, true wisdom sets in, and a person transitions from being a potential liability to the Kingdom to an asset. Patience, my friends.
Patience
It's quite possible that God will convict you to wait on His timing to "do" this or that. Do not ever ignore His convictions, whether or not it seems rational that you should be "doing" something. (eg. pastoring or evangelizing, etc.)
"Evange-Shaming"
When one person feels pressured by another to "go out" and evangelize a certain way. There are infinite ways to accomplish the Great Commission! Some may have small audiences, while others large. Some are public ministries, some are private. The SPIRIT decides! (1Co 12:5-7)
"Evange-Shaming"
Hi. My name's Scott, and I'm an Evange-Shamer.
My apologies. :)
Patience
Do not confuse encouragement from others as commandments from the Spirit. Conviction to "do" in the spiritual life MUST be from the Holy Spirit, not man. While encouragement is good (Heb 3:13), we mustn't try to mimic another's calling.
Man Fails Encouragement
Since man is flawed, he tends to overstep his boundaries when trying to encourage others in the spiritual life. Receive encouragement, but diligently sort it out with the Spirit before "doing" anything.
The Local Church
Most converts are already addicts, addicted to the world system. For years they have been intoxicated by it. Just because a person gets "clean" through a detox program (eg. saved), it doesn't mean they're no longer tempted! Recovered addicts require support programs (eg. spiritual addicts require churches).
The Local Church Mission
Once a person is saved, their first objective is to keep on learning the Word of God (imagine the attacks!). If/when we evangelize someone, we ought to encourage them to attend a sound church, under a sound pastor, such as w/ NCC. Our relationship with new believers shouldn't end after the Gospel presentation!!!
Do Not Forget Where You Came From
God prepared all of you for the battlefield. Consider how much work has been done inside these four walls. Do not forget where you came from. NCC is like a FOB (Forward Operating Base). Soldiers must be trained/retrained (Eph 4:11-12) after they are enlisted!
Patience
One of the greatest tragedies that the Bible counsels us against is encouraging someone who's NOT actually being led by the Spirit to "do" something that others might be led by the Spirit to do!
Motivating Pride
• If a person succumbs, they "do" something that is "wood, hay, and straw" (1Co 3:12).
• If a person refuses to "do", their sense of pride makes them stumble (1Co 8:9)
Let's keep encouraging one another, without putting others on the spot. And all that takes is being considerate of others, and the reality of their individual callings.
A House Divided
Satan is looking for EVERY opportunity to divide this church. He's intelligent and crafty enough to capitalize on good things, even. He's really good at sowing perversion.
Harbor NO bitterness
To give in to hyper-sensitivity is never good; always fall back on giving grace, as YOU ALSO like to receive in YOUR stupid moments.
Eph 4:25-27,30-32
United We Stand
Let's give no room for Satan's schemes, and remember that love conquers all, and Satan has no weapon that can be successful against the power of God's love. 1Co 13:8a,13b
1 Cor 13:8a
Love never fails...
1 Cor 13:13b
...but the greatest of these is love.
Perspective
To God, sanctification is a reality, not something on a timeline. This is why, from our perspective, we might rightly say: to be saved is to be sanctified; to be sanctified is to be saved (eg. 2Th 2:13-14).
Perspective
Salvation is a function of sanctification.
Sanctification is a function of salvation.
Welcome to the supernatural!
Leave the supernatural things up to faith!
2Co 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight -
Rejoice, child! Rejoice!
In spite of the pressures of life, and even the good things we do in God's plan, we are never to worry or be anxious, but just rejoice always, with the faith of a child, because our Heavenly Father has already given us the victory, by grace. Phil 4:4-7

 


8/21/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 115

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Perspective
To God, sanctification is a reality, not something on a timeline. This is why, from our perspective, we might rightly say: to be saved is to be sanctified; to be sanctified is to be saved (eg. 2Th 2:13-14).
"through sanctification by the Spirit"
"Here we have the Holy Spirit's pre-conversion work. He sets individuals apart to God from the world, convicts them of sin, and points them to Christ. Someone has well said, "If it had not been for Christ, there would be no feast; if it had not been for the Holy Spirit, there would have been no guests!" - MacDonald
Leave the supernatural things up to faith!
2Co 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight -
Perspective
A human being has never saved or sanctified anyone, not themselves nor others. That is God's work. (1Co 3:7)
A Person Is Never Saved By:
• saying they are
• joining a church
• living a "good" life
• being baptized (or baptizing their kids)
• etc.
"born of water and [even] the Spirit"
Refers to the spiritual cleansing/purification man undergoes at salvation. This is a supernatural act, not an evangelist's. Only God can save/sanctify, so learn to leave that onus on Him.
John 3:8
You don't have to understand everything about something to know it exists and that it affects people. Just like you have faith in the affect of wind, you have faith that the Spirit affects us.
Parable of the Soils
Only God knows the condition of a person's soil. There are a variety of responses to sowing the Gospel seed, as Jesus described. He also explained that conversion is thwarted in a multitude of ways.
Our Part In Evangelizing
If we can't save anyone, what must our job be??? It's easy - speak the "word of Christ" to others! The Spirit will use the content of your message to convict them of the Gospel.
Perspective
We must show love, inviting others into our hearts (Christ's heart), but the Gospel truth about Jesus Christ is still necessary for salvation. We never know how much the Spirit desires to "fill in the blanks", which is why we let HIM fill out mouths. (Is 59:21; Mk 13:10-11; Lk 21:13-15)
The Hands-On Spirit
The Spirit isn't a pontificating snob, nor a Helper who only teaches from afar. He is within believers, working, showing, prodding, moving, convicting. God the Holy Spirit's ministry is more like a vocational shop teacher than a college philosophy professor.
Knowing the Father
I can teach someone eternal security, but unless God the Holy Spirit endorses it, they won't ever possess the living hope (1Pe 1:3) it provides (aka - professing, unsaved Christians are insecure). (ref: Ro 8:16)
Harvey Penick - Golf Coach
When I tell you to take an aspirin, please don't take the whole bottle. In the golf swing a tiny change can make a huge difference. The natural inclination is to begin to overdo the tiny change that has brought success. So you exaggerate in an effort to improve even more, and soon you are lost and confused again.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
Living for others means having the wisdom to understand the nuances here. It means always considering others in whatever we say or do. That's why over time, when emotions die down, true wisdom sets in, and a person transitions from being a potential liability to the Kingdom to an asset. Patience, my friends.
Patience
It's quite possible that God will convict you to wait on His timing to "do" this or that. Do not ever ignore His convictions, whether or not it seems rational that you should be "doing" something. (eg. pastoring or evangelizing, etc.)
"Evange-Shaming"
When one person feels pressured by another to "go out" and evangelize a certain way. There are infinite ways to accomplish the Great Commission! Some may have small audiences, while others large. Some are public ministries, some are private. The SPIRIT decides! (1Co 12:5-7)
Patience
Do not confuse encouragement from others as commandments from the Spirit. Conviction to "do" in the spiritual life MUST be from the Holy Spirit, not man. While encouragement is good (Heb 3:13), we mustn't try to mimic another's calling.
Man Fails Encouragement
Since man is flawed, he tends to overstep his boundaries when trying to encourage others in the spiritual life. Receive encouragement, but diligently sort it out with the Spirit before "doing" anything.
The Local Church
Most converts are already addicts, addicted to the world system. For years they have been intoxicated by it. Just because a person gets "clean" through a detox program (eg. saved), it doesn't mean they're no longer tempted! Recovered addicts require support programs (eg. spiritual addicts require churches).
The Local Church Mission
Once a person is saved, their first objective is to keep on learning the Word of God (imagine the attacks!). If/when we evangelize someone, we ought to encourage them to attend a sound church, under a sound pastor, such as w/ NCC. Our relationship with new believers shouldn't end after the Gospel presentation!!!
Do Not Forget Where You Came From
God prepared all of you for the battlefield. Consider how much work has been done inside these four walls. Do not forget where you came from. NCC is like a FOB (Forward Operating Base). Soldiers must be trained/retrained (Eph 4:11-12) after they are enlisted!
NCC - Your FOB
A forward operating base (FOB) is any secured forward military position, commonly a military base, that is used to support tactical operations. A FOB may or may not contain an airfield, hospital, or other facilities. The base may be used for an extended period of time. - Wikipedia
Patience
One of the greatest tragedies that the Bible counsels us against is encouraging someone who's NOT actually being led by the Spirit to "do" something that others might be led by the Spirit to do!
Motivating Pride
• If a person succumbs, they "do" something that is "wood, hay, and straw" (1Co 3:12).
• If a person refuses to "do", their sense of pride makes them stumble (1Co 8:9)
A House Divided
Satan is looking for EVERY opportunity to divide this church. He's intelligent and crafty enough to capitalize on good things, even. He's really good at sowing perversion.

 


8/18/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 114

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"through sanctification by the Spirit"
"Here we have the Holy Spirit's pre-conversion work. He sets individuals apart to God from the world, convicts them of sin, and points them to Christ. Someone has well said, "If it had not been for Christ, there would be no feast; if it had not been for the Holy Spirit, there would have been no guests!" - MacDonald
Perspective
A human being has never saved or sanctified anyone, not themselves nor others. That is God's work. (1Co 3:7)
"born of water and [even] the Spirit"
Refers to the spiritual cleansing/purification man undergoes at salvation. This is a supernatural act, not an evangelist's. Only God can save/sanctify, so learn to leave that onus on Him.
Perspective
We must show love, inviting others into our hearts (Christ's heart), but the Gospel truth about Jesus Christ is still necessary for salvation. We never know how much the Spirit desires to "fill in the blanks", which is why we let HIM fill our mouths. (Is 59:21; Mk 13:10-11; Lk 21:13-15)
The Hands-On Spirit
The Spirit isn't a pontificating snob, nor a Helper who only teaches from afar. He is within believers, working, showing, prodding, moving, convicting. God the Holy Spirit's ministry is more like a vocational shop teacher than a college philosophy professor.
Knowing the Father
I can teach someone eternal security, but unless God the Holy Spirit endorses it, they won't ever possess the living hope (1Pe 1:3) it provides (aka - professing, unsaved Christians are insecure). (ref: Ro 8:16)
Harvey Penick - Golf Coach
When I tell you to take an aspirin, please don't take the whole bottle. In the golf swing a tiny change can make a huge difference. The natural inclination is to begin to overdo the tiny change that has brought success. So you exaggerate in an effort to improve even more, and soon you are lost and confused again.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
This "last one in syndrome", then, is merely a catchphrase for that phenomenon that sometimes occurs when a person has an epiphany in their life.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
That person tends to become so wrapped up in it, especially immediately following the event, that they vomit their emotions all over those around them, not fully understanding the adverse effects this might have on others. While the intentions are good, the results may not be.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
Living for others means having the wisdom to understand the nuances here. It means always considering others in whatever we say or do. That's why over time, when emotions die down, true wisdom sets in, and a person transitions from being a potential liability to the Kingdom to an asset. Patience, my friends.
Blog - The Last One In Syndrome
Patience is so very important in times like these.
Patience
It's quite possible that God will convict you to wait on His timing to "do" this or that. Do not ever ignore His convictions, whether or not it seems rational that you should be "doing" something. (eg. pastoring or evangelizing, etc.)
The Local Church Mission
Once a person is saved, their first objective is to keep on learning the Word of God (imagine the attacks!). If/when we evangelize someone, we ought to encourage them to attend a sound church, under a sound pastor, such as w/ NCC. Our relationship with new believers shouldn't end after the Gospel presentation!!!
Do Not Forget Where You Came From
God prepared all of you for the battlefield. Consider how much work has been done inside these four walls. Do not forget where you came from. NCC is like a FOB (Forward Operating Base). Soldiers must be trained/retrained (Eph 4:11-12) after they are enlisted!
NCC - Your FOB
A forward operating base (FOB) is any secured forward military position, commonly a military base, that is used to support tactical operations. A FOB may or may not contain an airfield, hospital, or other facilities. The base may be used for an extended period of time. - Wikipedia
NCC - Your FOB
FOBs are traditionally supported by Main Operating Bases that are required to provide backup support to them. A FOB also improves reaction time to local areas as opposed to having all troops on the main operating base. - Wikipedia
Patience
Do not confuse encouragement from others as commandments from the Spirit. Conviction to "do" in the spiritual life MUST be from the Holy Spirit, not man. While encouragement is good (Heb 3:13), we mustn't try to mimic another's calling.
Man Fails Encouragement
Since man is flawed, he tends to overstep his boundaries when trying to encourage others in the spiritual life. Receive encouragement, but diligently sort it out with the Spirit before "doing" anything.

 


8/16/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 113

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Salvation and the Spirit
• Isn't it the work of the Spirit that convicts someone and saves them?
• Isn't it super-natural, for a person to turn from self and turn to Christ in their heart?
Salvation and the Spirit
Any actual growth, whether it be in a literal tree or in the soul of a man, is an absolute miracle, only possible by the omnipotence of God.
Salvation and the Spirit
The Spirit is the One who helps people believe, even if we don't actually say the word "believe" to others (i.e. Acts 2 & 3). This is why we go out and trust the Spirit in what needs to be done, or said.
Salvation and the Spirit
When we get out of the way, the Spirit puts words into our mouth. And by God's grace, we will find ourselves "combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words" that we had no intent of putting together.
Giving the Gospel
People don't need to hear fancy words, they need to see that you care. THAT'S what motivates them to listen to the Good News. That's the love of Christ in you.
Giving the Gospel
If we would just get out of the way, dropping our personal insecurities, which is really our arrogance, then sharing the gospel would be easy, as the faith of a child would share it!
The Spirit Testifies
The Spirit testifies with our own spirit that all of these wonderful things are given to us because God loves His children!
The Dynamic Spiritual Life
God's love, through His Spirit, will see our sanctification to fruition. He guarantees it, as the Great Benefactor, the only One motivated by perfect love, and the only One with the perfect power to pull it all off!!
Baker's Dictionary
The Holy Spirit is the dynamic of sanctification. Jesus said that he had to go away so that the Holy Spirit would indwell believers (Jn 14:16-20). The "Holy" Spirit is so named not because he is more holy than the Father and the Son, but because his specific ministry vis-a-vis salvation is sanctification (Ro 15:16; 1Th 4:3-4; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2).
The Spirit of Jesus
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Himself, (i.e. Acts 16:6-7), and we thank the Father that He didn't leave us alone, but His Spirit mentors us, encourages us, prays for us, and guides us.
"sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth"
"By the Spirit" refers to His ministry; "faith in the truth" refers to the substance of His ministry; taken together, we are sanctified.
1Th 4:3
For this is the will of God, your sanctification;
Ro 8:29
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
Sanctification Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Sanctified (set apart for Him)
Man's Perspective ("phases")
   • Positional (imputed R+ / judicially)
   • Experiential (imparted R+ / daily)
   • Ultimate (completed R+ / eternally)
Ultimate Sanctification
This is the final phase of the salvation process (1Th 5:23) - the glorification of the believer (Php 3:21) in the likeness of our Lord (Jn 8:54). It is guaranteed on the merits of Christ (Heb 10:10-14). It is realized at resurrection (Jn 11:25-26) when believers will be transformed and presented to the Lord as holy (Eph 1:4). (Eph 1:9-14; 1Jn 3:1-2)
Ultimate Sanctification
God gave us an imagination so we could picture this Great Day, the Day of ultimate sanctification and perfection, the day we are rescued from this world forever.
Ultimate Sanctification
The Spirit guarantees it, and He is our down-payment on ultimate redemption, to the praise of God's glory. Eph 1:9-14
Ultimate Sanctification
And ultimately, one day, we will be just like our Lord, by His grace, forever and ever. 1Jo 3-1-2
The Eternal State Experience
• No more flesh with resurrection body (1Co 15)
• No more tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain (Rev 21:4)
• No more marriage or procreation (Mt 22:30)
• No need for the sun (Rev 22:5)
Ultimate Sanctification
This is the ultimate promise, and therefore the ultimate motivation, to living for Christ now, for living by faith while we still have time, and for going out and making disciples for our Lord, so we can honestly be a "fellow partaker" in His gospel, forever and ever, as we celebrate HIM for all eternity!

 


8/14/16 - Giving the Gospel - Part 4

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Showing the Love of God
Why do you think the Lord (and his disciples) fed, and healed, so many people throughout His ministry? Why wasn't it always simply preaching the gospel alone? Was it to SHOW and PROVE the love God has for us?... to open up the hearts of men to the gospel?
Showing the Love of God
We know the doubting hearts we as human beings can have. And the Lord knew our weakness, and in grace "fed" us what we needed, to open our hearts to the love of God. And we can do the same for others.
Hobbies or Hindrances?
Are our "hobbies" blocking out our opportunity to live for God's purposes while we still have time?
USING the time for the Gospel
God wants to rescue us from being CONSUMED by the things in this world, even "good" things that seem to be innocent.
Perspective for Believers
God has temporarily left us here for others.
It's your turn!
Will you let your turn pass you by, without being useful to the Master, especially in regards to becoming a "fellow partaker" in the Gospel?
1Co 9:23
A Great Relief
When you actually live for others, you are relieved from being occupied with yourself!
Our Lord designed life so that the only way to find TRUE life is to live for Him and others. That's how He built us!
Wake up, while there's still time to be used for God's glory!
And this is a faith issue, not a works issue!
Luke 24:45-48
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. "You are witnesses of these things.
Giving the gospel should simply be part of our lifestyles, as believers.
It's who we are and it's what we do.
Giving the Gospel
The Gospel becomes us. And we become partakers in the Gospel.
We LOOK for ways to relate to people, as Paul did. 1Co 9
Giving the Gospel
Acts chapters 2,3,7,10,17 for example.
Giving the Gospel
The way Paul reached the Corinthians with Christ, and started a church there for them, was by relying on the Truth and the Spirit, not on his own words of intelligence. 1Co 1:17,2:1-5,12-13,4:20
Giving the Gospel
It takes human effort to have cleverness of speech, to "try" to sound eloquent and intelligent. But, in freedom, we can drop that garbage and simply stick to the cross of Christ, so that it won't be made void by our many words.
"Of The Spirit"
Part of a demonstration of the Spirit's power is us being open to what the Spirit wants us to say.
Giving the Gospel
You might be the quietest person on the planet, but He can supernaturally use you to say the right thing at the right time, and bring someone to Christ, if you are willingly humble.
Salvation and the Spirit
• Isn't it the work of the Spirit that convicts someone and saves them?
• Isn't it super-natural, for a person to turn from self and turn to Christ in their heart?
Salvation and the Spirit
The Spirit is the One who helps people believe, even if we don't actually say the word "believe" to others (i.e. Acts 2 & 3). This is why we go out and trust the Spirit in what needs to be done, or said.
Salvation and the Spirit
When we get out of the way, the Spirit puts words into our mouth. And by God's grace, we will find ourselves "combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words" that we had no intent of putting together.
Giving the Gospel
Our job is NOT to be crafty with our words, it's to share the heart of Christ, to reveal to others that you care enough about them to share the good news with them, and let the chips fall where they may.
Giving the Gospel
People don't need to hear fancy words, they need to see that you care. THAT'S what motivates them to listen to the Good News. That's the love of Christ in you.
The Fullness of the Gospel
We know the Gospel includes such things as repentance, turning from sin and self to Christ, trusting in Christ with one's heart, and believing in His resurrection from the dead.
Giving the Gospel
If we would just get out of the way, dropping our personal insecurities, which is really our arrogance, then sharing the gospel would be easy, as the faith of a child would share it!

 


8/11/16 - Giving the Gospel - Part 3

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Showing the Love of God
Why do you think the Lord and his disciples fed, and healed, so many people? Why wasn't it always simply preaching the gospel alone? Was it to SHOW and PROVE the love God has for us?... to open up the hearts of men to the gospel?
Showing the Love of God
We know the doubting hearts we as human beings can have. And the Lord knew our weakness, and in grace "fed" us what we needed, to open our hearts to the love of God. And we can do the same for others.
John 10:27
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
USING the time for the Gospel
WE are new creatures in Christ, and God wants to set us free with His perspective.
USING the time for the Gospel
God wants to rescue us from being CONSUMED by the things in this world, even "good" things that seem to be innocent.
Whose Perspective do you have?
When something takes over your lifestyle that has nothing to do with God or His gospel, what do you think about that??
Eph 5:14-17
For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you." Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Perspective for Believers
God has temporarily left us here for others.
It's your turn!
Have you ever thought about life that way? Think of the big picture. Right now, it's your turn on this earth!
It's your turn!
Will you let your turn pass you by, without being useful to the Master, especially in regards to becoming a partaker in the Gospel?
USE the time
Look up, and ask the Lord, "what can I do for You today?"
A Great Relief
When you actually live for others, you are relieved from being occupied with yourself!
Wake up, while there's still time to be used for God's glory!
Luke 24:45-48
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. "You are witnesses of these things.
Giving the gospel should simply be part of our lifestyles, as believers.
It's who we are and it's what we do.
Giving the Gospel
The Gospel becomes us. And we become partakers in the Gospel.
We LOOK for ways to relate to people, as Paul did. 1Co 9
Giving the Gospel
Acts chapters 2,3,7,10,17 for example.
Giving the Gospel
The way Paul reached the Corinthians with Christ, and started a church there for them, was by relying on the Truth and the Spirit, not on his own words of intelligence. 1Co 1:17,2:1-5,12-13,4:20
Giving the Gospel
It takes human effort to have cleverness of speech, to try to sound eloquent and intelligent. But, in freedom, we can drop that garbage and simply stick to the cross of Christ, so that it won't be made void by our many words.
Giving the Gospel
You might be the quietest person on the planet, but He can supernaturally use you to say the right thing at the right time, and bring someone to Christ.
Giving the Gospel
The Spirit is the One who helps people believe, even if we don't actually say the word "believe" to others (i.e. Acts 2 & 3). This is why we go out and trust the Spirit in what needs to be done, or said.

 


8/9/16 - Giving the Gospel - Part 2

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"Giving" the Gospel
Is there a greater gift we could ever "give" to others than the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Someone "gave" to you!
As an extension of Christ, we have the opportunity to give to others, just as someone else in our own lives 'gave' the Gospel to us! Remember that??!
The Good News
The good news is also that GIVING the good news bears good fruit in our lives and in our hearts, as believers obedient to His call.
Showing the Love of God
We know the doubting hearts we as human beings can have. And the Lord knew our weakness, and in grace "fed" us what we needed, to open our hearts to the love of God. And we can do the same for others.
John 10:27
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
God wants to change our perspective, the way we look at things in life, what's really important, and what real blessings are in life.
1 Cor 9:23
I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
A "Fellow Partaker" of the Gospel
The Greek word for partaker means a "co-participant".
The "race" to "win" others
Giving the Gospel, in whatever ways we can, is a vital part of running the race set before us! 1Co 9:19-27
"Our" time
Have you ever wondered why the culture in America often talks about "pastimes"?
Do you realize we Americans have been duped into looking for selfish ways to "pass the time"?
WHY does our culture encourage us to pass the time on things that are not actually important to God?
USING the time for the Gospel
WE are new creatures in Christ, and God wants to set us free with His perspective.
Whose Perspective do you have?
If God created us, and designed us for a certain purpose, for His glory, does He want our LIFESTYLE to be one of using time for ourselves?
Whose Perspective do you have?
Could it be Satan's deception, as the god of this world, to get us to waste our spiritual lives away, so that we don't become a "partaker" in the gospel?!!
God wants to rescue us from being CONSUMED by the things in this world, even "good" things that seem to be innocent.
Whose Perspective do you have?
When something takes over your lifestyle that has nothing to do with God or His gospel, what do you think about that??
It's your turn!
Have you ever thought about life that way? Think of the big picture. Right now, it's your turn on this earth!
It's your turn!
Will you let your turn pass you by, without being useful to the Master, especially in regards to becoming a partaker in the Gospel?
USE the time
Look up, and ask the Lord, "what can I do for You today?"
A Great Relief
When you actually live for others, you are relieved from being occupied with yourself!
Giving the gospel should simply be part of our lifestyles, as believers.
It's who we are and it's what we do. 

 


8/7/16 - Giving the Gospel

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Someone "gave" to you!
As an extension of Christ, we have the opportunity to give to others, just as someone else in our own lives 'gave' the Gospel to us! Remember that??!
The Good News
In light of our emphasis on living in the great commission as part of our sanctification, He wants to help us 'live out' these truths, and show us it's not all that difficult, but simple and fulfilling, and wonderful to our own experience and our own hearts as well.
God wants to change our perspective, the way we look at things in life, what's really important, and what real blessings are in life.
A "Fellow Partaker" of the Gospel
The Greek word for partaker means a "co-participant".
The "race" to "win" others
Giving the Gospel, in whatever ways we can, is a vital part of running the race set before us! 1Co 9:19-27
"Our" time
Have you ever wondered why the culture in America often talks about "pastimes"?
Do you realize we Americans have been duped into looking for selfish ways to "pass the time"?
Why does our culture encourage us to pass the time on things that are not actually important to God?
Whose Perspective do you have?
If God created us, and designed us for a certain purpose, for His glory, does He want our LIFESTYLE to be one of using time for ourselves?
Whose Perspective do you have?
Could it be Satan's deception, as the god of this world, to get us to waste our spiritual lives away, so that we don't become a "partaker" in the gospel?!!
Whose Perspective do you have?
When something takes over your lifestyle that has nothing to do with God or His gospel, what do you think about that?? It's your turn! 

 


8/4/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 112

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The Living Word
We rely on the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Our faith is wholly dependent upon His veracity. "He" (His Person) is the truest source of our "living hope" (1Pe 1:3).
Our Part In Hope
Receive faith in humility. If you do this one simple thing, you are given every reason to hope because God-given faith never fails.
True Faith
True faith cannot fail - Jesus proved this. The culprit for failure is not faith, it is the human will. Man, in a sense, fails faith when he chooses to oppose that which he knows is righteous. It is then that the context of faith changes from pure to adulterated, from infallible to fallible.
The Spirit Testifies
The Spirit testifies with our own spirit that all of these wonderful things are given to us because God loves His children!
The Dynamic Spiritual Life
God's love, through His Spirit, will see our sanctification to fruition. He guarantees it, as the Great Benefactor, the only One motivated by perfect love, and the only One with the perfect power to pull it all off!!
Baker's Dictionary
The Holy Spirit is the dynamic of sanctification. Jesus said that he had to go away so that the Holy Spirit would indwell believers (Jn 14:16-20). The "Holy" Spirit is so named not because he is more holy than the Father and the Son, but because his specific ministry vis-a-vis salvation is sanctification (Ro 15:16; 1Th 4:3-4; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2).
Baker's Dictionary
The Spirit that inspired the Word of God now uses it to sanctify. Jesus, therefore, prayed concerning his own, "Sanctify them by the truth" (Jn 17:17). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 16:13).
Baker's Dictionary
The Holy Spirit not only is the restoration of the presence of God in believers; he also equips believers to serve the church and the world. As the fruit of the Spirit are the result of the reproduction of godly character in believers (Gal 5:22-23), so the gifts of the Spirit (Ro 12:4-6; 1 Co 12, 14) are the means by which believers serve others.
"sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth"
"By the Spirit" refers to His ministry; "faith in the truth" refers to the substance of His ministry; taken together, we are sanctified.
1Th 4:3
For this is the will of God, your sanctification;
Ro 8:29
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
Sanctification Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Sanctified (set apart for Him)
Man's Perspective ("phases")
   • Positional (imputed R+ / judicially)
   • Experiential (imparted R+ / daily)
   • Ultimate (completed R+ / eternally)
Ultimate Sanctification
This is the final phase of the salvation process ( 1Th 5:23) - the glorification of the believer (Php 3:21) in the likeness of our Lord (Jn 8:54). It is guaranteed on the merits of Christ (Heb 10:10-14). It is realized at resurrection (Jn 11:25-26) when believers will be transformed and presented to the Lord as holy (Eph 1:4). (Eph 1:9-14; 1Jn 3:1-2)
The Eternal State Experience
• No more flesh with resurrection body (1Co 15)
• No more tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain (Rev 21:4)
• No more marriage or procreation (Mt 22:30)
• No need for the sun (Rev 22:5)

 


8/2/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 111

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Being Set Free
The Lord is changing our hearts; from obeying in obligation to obeying with joy. And it all comes from the source of His love.
The Power of Grace Through Faith
God knew from eternity past that Jesus would never fail as the blameless and spotless Lamb. Yet, scripture says He really WAS tempted. By grace through faith, Jesus was delivered, despite the potentiality of failure.
God Ensures Our Faith Never Fails
This is a real, ever-present reality, an activity. He ensures that His children never "lose faith". He not only saves us daily, but He actively ensures our faith never fails, through a variety of ways.
"Same Contract, Same Person, Same Outcome...But a Different Perspective!"
We heard of a big perspective change, from someone who first relied on a contract for security, but then learned to rely on the love motivation of the Benefactor for security.
"Same Contract,... But a Different Perspective!"
God says regarding eternal salvation: "I sent you this contract as an added sense of security...for YOU, not Me...for I know my own character and therefore do not need a contract to abide by. I love you, I'm your Father."
"Same Contract,... But a Different Perspective!"
As your relationship with the Person of God grows, your insecurities dwindle the more you realize His genuine love for you.
God's Perspective On Salvation
While the Bible speaks plainly about the integrity of God never failing us, we have an even greater appreciation knowing that God keeps us saved because He loves us.
Love Demonstrated
He DID it. He didn't just sign a contract and make a promise. He performed the action necessary to save mankind; thus the proof that LOVE is behind His promises.
Our Family In Heaven
Each member of the Godhead is involved in securing our salvation. God loves us and desires that we understand that salvation is a family matter, not a contractual one (though God certainly honors His contracts).
God Ensures Our Faith Never Fails
One of the most magnificent truths of all for believers is knowing that by the integrity and merits of Jesus Christ, we remain saved! How lovely to know that He won't let us go!!!
Peace is the result of true faith.
Salvation Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Salvation from sin
Man's Perspective ("tenses")
   • Positional (from penalty of sin)
   • Experiential (from power of sin)
   • Ultimate (from presence of sin)
Sanctification Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Sanctified (set apart for Him)
Man's Perspective ("phases")
   • Positional (imputed R+ / judicially)
   • Experiential (imparted R+ / daily)
   • Ultimate (completed R+ / eternally)
God's Perspective
Your salvation and sanctification are the results of God's good work. He doesn't do these things because He has too; rather, He does them because He wants to. He loves you.
God's taking us to love!
The more we understand and believe His perfect love for us, the freer we are in living the gospel reality.
Living by Faith
Experiential righteousness, and sanctification, are largely brought to fruition in our souls by having faith in His love.
1Jo 3:1,4:9-10,16
Ps 36:7 NIV
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Faith, Hope & Love
Faith is what gives us hope in things future... including faith in His love...and because we possess that hope, life today is not just bearable, but peaceful. We must keep our eyes on our future deliverance.
Col 3:1 [NLT]
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand.
Sanctification Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Sanctified (set apart for Him)
Man's Perspective ("phases")
   • Positional (imputed R+ / judicially)
   • Experiential (imparted R+ / daily)
   • Ultimate (completed R+ / eternally)
Baker's Dictionary
The Holy Spirit is the dynamic of sanctification. Jesus said that he had to go away so that the Holy Spirit would indwell believers (Jn 14:16-20). The "Holy" Spirit is so named not because he is more holy than the Father and the Son, but because his specific ministry vis-a-vis salvation is sanctification (Ro 15:16; 1Th 4:3-4; 2Th 2:13; 1Pe 1:2).
Sanctification Perspective
We can see the Spirit's direct ministry in our lives in our sanctification, and He promises to take us there; because He's already has taken us there!
The Dynamic Spiritual Life
God's love, through His Spirit, will see our sanctification to fruition. He guarantees it, as the Great Benefactor, the only One motivated by perfect love, and the only One with the perfect power to pull it all off!!

 

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