“The Church On The Move”

Posted: January 25, 2013 in Christianity, Church, Compassion, Crowns, Salvation, Security

     Have you ever wondered how the early church was able to turn the world upside down in a short period of time (Acts 17:6)? They didn’t have radio, television, jet planes, printing presses, and all the other things that are available to us today.  Those who spread the “Good News” concerning Christ either had seen the resurrected and glorified Christ themselves or had believed the testimony of those who had seen and heard Him (John 20:31; 1 John 1:1, 3).  Christians today fit in the latter category.  

     Guarantee.  His resurrection from the dead guarantees that everyone (believers and unbelievers) will be raised from the dead someday (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).  We will spend eternity with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).  What about you?  Are you absolutely sure?

     First Love.  Like some of the early believers in Ephesus, many Christians in churches today have left their first love (Revelation 2:4; 2 Timothy 4:8).  The spark and fire have dwindled or gone out.  They have little or no testimony for God. Who/what dominates your thoughts and time?

     Rekindle.  To reignite the fire we once had (if we’re Christians) and run the race and finish well, we need to have a fresh –

     Vision.  This is accomplished by faith (Hebrews 11:1).  It must include God and our fellow man.  When the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up on His throne, his life was dramatically changed (Isaiah 6:1ff).  The same kind of thing happened to the Apostle John (Revelation 1:10-18).  The true and living God is awesome (Psalm 4:4; 33:8).  There is none like Him (Exodus 9:14; Isaiah 14:9).  He deserves our worship and our praise (John 4:24; Psalm 96:9).  As human beings, we’ve all come short of God’s glory and deserve to be separated from Him in hell forever (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23).

   Love And Power.  God the Father loved the world (i. e. the people caught up in the devil’s system) and sent God the Son (who volunteered for the task –Hebrews 10:5-7) to die for all our sins.  To prove that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that the Lord Jesus Christ made on our behalf, He raised Him, the God-man from the dead (Romans 4:25).  He is able to save any and all who come to Him by faith and trust in Him alone for their deliverance from hell to heaven (Hebrews 7:25).  Once saved, all Christians have God’s resurrection power available to them so they can do the things that will please God and bring happiness into their own lives (Philippians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:9). 

     Simple.  God’s plan of salvation is so simple that most people have a hard time believing that faith in Christ through the message of the Gospel is all that is needed for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31).  They want to work for their salvation.  But God won’t accept the good works of unbelievers as payment for their salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).  Those who add to or subtract from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) or who change the way of salvation (by grace alone through faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone) have a curse resting on them (Galatians 1:8, 9;2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).  They will spend eternity in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Jude 1:13).  Beware of false teachers!

     Good Works.  Once a person has been saved, he/she can do good works for rewards, crowns, and praise from God (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The Christian’s good works will be rewarded if done the right way (Hebrews 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:5).  Will your good works endure the fire?

     Dedication.  One of the first things a Christian should do after he is saved is to present his body to God as a living sacrifice so God can use him for His glory and the believer’s happiness (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 John 1:4).  A “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those who lead other people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Have you ever done this?  Would you like to have a part in delivering someone from hell?  Think of your family members, your friends, fellow workers, and neighbors.  Do you care about them?  God places Christians in strategic places at specific times for us to bear witness to the saving grace and power of God.  Will you make yourself available to God and report for duty each day?  There is no greater joy than leading someone to Christ and seeing that person growing in Christ and walking in truth (3 John 1:4). 

     Suffering.  While every true Christian suffers “with” Christ (2 Timothy 2:12), not every Christian suffers “for” Christ (2 Timothy 3:12).  Whatever unjust persecution the believer suffers for Christ will be noticed by God and compensated by Him (Romans 8:18; 1 Peter 4:15-19).  The “Crown of Life” awaits such people (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

     Quote. “A church on the move must major on the Word of God, teaching and preaching the Word and (most of all) obeying it…[It] must confront reality and meet people where they are.  Separation is not isolation-it is contact without contamination.  Jesus was the friend of publicans and sinners.  Many church members dont’ have any unsaved friends, or if they do, they keep them at a distance…Many churches today have abandoned the marketplace and spend their time reminding one another of the gospel.” – W. Wiersbe

     Question.  Are you looking for a fellowship of authentic Christians?  Is this the cry of your heart?  “O give me a church where folks in the lurch are encouraged, then healed from above; Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the truth is modelled in love.” – Chuck Swindoll.  If you’re looking for a “perfect church” don’t join ours.  We’re not sinlessly perfect in our practice yet.   We’re in the process of being conformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

     Questions.  If you have questions or comments, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelsepeach.com.  If you’re interested, you can listen to messages on the Internet.

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