Resolute

Sermon given at Mt. Pleasant COG on 12/29/19

In 2020, let the body of Christ be united in one New Year’s Resolution…

 

To take life SLOW!

SLOW stands for:

S-Serve.
Serve God, serve one another, and serve our communities, fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples” Matthew 28:19-20 and remembering Colossians 3:23-24.

L-Love. Love God, love one another, love your neighbor. Remember that is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-40

O-Obey.
Obey God’s precepts and commands found in the only inspired authoritative source of revelation from God. His Word. If there is a conflict between God’s Word and our cultural standards, God’s Word wins. If there is a conflict between His Word and another culture’s standards, God’sWord wins. We must season the truth with LOVE, not driving unbelievers further from grace and shouldn’t expect those who do not have a relationship with God to obey the commandments that God established for his children, but as his Children, we should obey our Father’s will. ‘By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey his commandments.’ 1 John 5:2 NET

W-Worship.
Worship our Father in heaven, worship his Son, Jesus, our Savior, worship the Holy Spirit inside us, who helps us and guides us. Worship through love, prayer, work, service, obedience, song, teaching, learning… Remembering again Colossians 3:23-24. Everything we can do is an act of Worship. Remember worship equals service and personal sacrifice.


Here is our New Year’s Resolution…

Take it SLOW. Act SLOW. Be SLOW.
Be purposeful, determined, and unwavering; Be resolute; to SLOW up!

 

Deeply Saddened

This morning, I finished reading (actually listening while commuting) through the Old Testament.

I find it deeply saddening. Over and over God has kept his promises to Abraham’s descendants. Over and over he promised, if you will only keep me first, keep my commandments and decrees, I will bless and protect you. If you don’t, then I will remove my hand of protection and I will send other nations to discipline you and drive you back to me. He promised blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. He kept ALL his promises!

The nation of Israel faced hardship time and again because of their disobedience. The nation was scattered and exiled because of their disobedience. The nation was also blessed and restored when they would repent. However, even within the same generation, they would then turn from God again.

I find it heartbreaking!

In this age, God has sent his one and only Son, who died as an atoning sacrifice so that we don’t have to live under condemnation, but can live under mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

However, we still live in disobedience. We still rebel against God. God still keeps his promises and the world still suffers from it’s own disobedience.

Therefore, the answer is abundantly clear. Agree with God that sin is still sin (confess), turn from disobedience (repent), have faith, ask forgiveness, accept grace, and obey.

Have a blessed week!

Under Construction

Under Construction is my most recent sermon, given at Casey White Oak Church of God in Casey, IL.

Jesus is still building his church. Are we going to remain in step with him, and allow him to grow the congregations we are a part of?

 

10 Signs You’re Attending a Good Church

This article is absolutely right on!

Every church leader should be using this as a metric of potential for the congregation God has entrusted to them.

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/176826-great-church.html