“Join God’s Search & Resuce Team”

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Christian Life, Death, Gospel, Hell, James, Resurrection, Salvation, Security

Unless you have experienced it yourself, it’s hard to imagine the feelings of a parent whose child has been kidnapped or who is missing. Each year thousands of children are abducted and many of them are never seen again. Thankfully, the young child we thought we’d lost was found. If this has happened to you too or someone you know, our hearts go out to you.

M.I.A. In the spiritual realm there are many believers who are missing from the fellowship gatherings of the believers. Some Christians are physically sick, aged, hospitalized, or in rest homes and are unable to get out as the rest of us can. And then there are other believers who are spiritually sick because they have been misled by false teachers (1 Timothy 4:1; 1 John 4:1). Unkind words or deeds drive some folks away. Are you a person who has been left with a bad spiritual taste in your mouth? If you were attending a good, Bible believing church, we’re sorry that this has happened to you. But if we’re looking for a perfect church, we’ll never find one. If we did, we’d contaminate it by our attendance. (By the way, there basically 7 types of churches – Revelation 2, 3.) What should you look for in a local church?*

Exhortations. The author of the Book of Hebrews admonishes Christians to “draw near…hold fast…and consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:22-26). Attending church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than your entering a garage makes you a car. Many Christians in other countries are persecuted for they faith and have to meet in secret to avoid torture and death. If persecution came to our country and your Bible was taken from you, how much of it would you have stored up in your mind (Psalm 119:11)?

Church. I like these words: “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 modeled in love.” – C. Swindoll. Would you like to attend a church like that? I would too. What can/should we do for this to happen? Do you attend church merely to be entertained and to listen to messages that make you feel good even when you know you’re sinning (2 Timothy 4:3, 4)?  Do you have to be spoon fed with “milk doctrines” or can you handle “solid food” (Hebrews 5:12-14)? Do you go to church to bless and encourage others and share Biblical insights with them (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)? The early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Lost Sheep. Jesus told the story of the lost sheep (Luke 15). At great personal expense and inconvenience, Jesus Himself, as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14) went looking for His sheep and found it. Since Jesus is in heaven today at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20), He counts on each Christian on earth to join His “Search & Rescue Team” (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). Every Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18) can have a part in preventing a premature, physical death of another believer (Galatians 6:1; 1 John 5:16; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Do you know what it takes to be a Spirit filled Christian? If not, ask us.

The Problem. Although true Christians are eternally safe and secure*** in God the Father’s and Son’s hands (John 10:28, 29), they sometimes wander away from the truth that is found in God’s Word (John 17:17; Psalm 119:10). Some of them are enticed by the Devil or demons (1 Timothy 2:14; 4:1; John 8:44; Genesis 3:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:11; Revelation 20:3, 8). Others become carnal when they give in to the temptations that come from their sinful nature** that they retain even after they are saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:19-21). Sadly, some maturing Christians love the present world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Peter 3:10-12). Do you know how to use this system without abusing it (1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Death. It’s never portrayed in Scriptures as annihilation, but as separation (2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27). Both physical and spiritual death can be reversed (1 Corinthians 15:22-26; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1). The “Second Death” is irreversible (Revelation 20:14; 21:8). Since a true Christian*** can’t lose his salvation, do you know what God often does to His children who won’t respond to His chastening (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30)? He can take their physical life prematurely (Revelation 1:18) from them as He did in the lives of people found in the Scriptures. Examples: Ananias and his wife, Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11), and many carnal Christians in the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 11:30). Do you know about your actual years and your potential years (James 4:14)?  Do you keep short accounts with God and confess your known sins to Him quickly (1 John 1:9)?

True Christian. Many nominal and professing Christians can be found in local churches. But a true Christian is one who admits that he is a sinner (Romans 3:10-23) in need of a Savior. The only Savior who can deliver us from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) and take us to heaven (John 14:1-3) is the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of other religions or the cults.

Identity. He is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9), who was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then volunteered to die (Hebrews 10:9; John 10:14-18) on a cross, not on a stake (Matthew 27:32, 40, 42; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 18) as the payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Peter 1:19; 3:18). After remaining in the tomb for three days, He rose again bodily (Luke 24:33-43; John 20:24-29) from the grave and made appearances to over 500 eye witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6) over a 40 day period of time before ascending back to heaven from where He had come (John 3:13; Acts 1:9-11).

Assent. Just knowing and agreeing with these facts won’t save anyone (James 2:19). Adding to or subtracting from the Gospel is to believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23). We must place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, apart from any good works (Acts 4:12; 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Help. If you have questions/comments, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this or another article has helped you, will you pass it on to others?  Together we can do more for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

 

*Finding A Good Bible Believing Local Church: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/church/chur19.htm

*Mega Church v. Bible Believing Local Church: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/lochurch/mega.htm

**A Christian’s Sin Nature: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger06.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm01.htm

***A True Christian: www.cleargospel.org

Our Security: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/nbelieve/newbel14.htm

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