Sermons tagged #Embracing
This sermon opens up the meaning of purity of heart, and the way that manifests itself in a committed Christian life. The sermon includes a section on the popular evangelical book EMBRACING THE JOURNEY showing how it fails to mention the most important command connected with the Kingdom of God. The message will challenge you not to be Mr. Facing Both Ways in our increasingly anti-Christian culture.
His Love. God loves everyone. God loves you. God is love. God's love is so great, it reaches beyond our understanding. God's love is targeted, it reaches out to the heart of every person. Let's grow in our love for God and in our love for others.
Christ is real and He is the only real hope of peace and reconciliation in our world. It is easy for us to forget that the Gospel identifies and corrects every problem. Either we are addressing our problems through the Gospel or we are not; there is no middle ground. a. Saying we believe the Gospel is simply not enough b. Actually, putting the Gospel into action brings reconciliation and unity c. Denying this truth is really self-deception d. Embracing this truth leads to boldness and courage To attempt to solve problems any other way is an indication that we are not in fellowship with God.
It is surprising how frequently we attempt to live godly lives without faith. (The Problem) Faith has always been the required prerequisite for embracing the things of God. (The Correction) a. The very origins of mankind must be taken by faith. b. Our divine connection with God must be taken by faith. c. Our daily walk with God must be taken by faith. d. Our eternal destiny must be taken by faith. You simply cannot be saved without faith. (The Follow-Through)
74 Westminster Confession 14:2 #74 Westminster Confession 14:2 Resting On Christ, Bible, Promises Of God, Covenants
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To embrace is to bring someone close to yourself, and to hold them close to yourself for a very specific purpose and reason. It may be for a moment; it may be for a lifetime. But something very real and definite is being conveyed in an embrace, and we ought to be able to be understand, when we are embracing someone, what is happening. And, we ought to be able to understand what it means when someone is embracing us. Sometimes we do; and sometimes we don’t. Our verse says that there is a time for embracing, and also that there is a time to refrain from embracing. There are reasons for embracing and there are reasons to refrain from it, and so every Christian should know and have that holy sense about them to know what is the right time and the right place for both. So this is what we want to briefly examine here together this afternoon. We will look 1st – At the time for embracing. And then 2nd – We will follow that up with looking at when it is not the time for embracing. And then 3rd, we will draw a few conclusions.
Some wanted to exterminate Christ Some wanted to embrace Christ Knowing that there are many who want to exterminate Christ and his message in this world, does your life that was changed by his almighty power, convince men of Christ’s existence and blessing? Has your life been transformed without doubt? Knowing that there are many who want to exterminate Christ and his message in this world, do you use your lips to refute their false claims, so that men are without excuse? Do you defend the faith? Can you argue for the claims of the Bible? What will encourage you to use your lips and lives to honor Christ? You must remember his love that made him die for you on the cross.
The person who does the best job of embracing us is Jesus. He wants to hold us. There are things that are looking to stop this from happening though. People who mean well can even get in the way. Jesus wants us to come to Him like children and just enjoy what is there. When we are hurt or wounded run to the Master. No matter the reason we come, Jesus wants to hold us. All we have to do is come. Do you need to feel His embrace?
Westminster Larger Cat. #101 Westminster Larger (Q101) & Shorter (Q43 & Q44) Catechisms, Ten Commandments' Preface
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Since we belong to Christ, we must not judge or despise one another. When we realize that another believer is the special, prized possession of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be much protected against the darkness of division in our midst. The focus in the difference will not be upon who has more or less faith, but rather upon the fact that we share a common faith in the same Lord Who has redeemed us unto Himself together. This focus on our unity in Christ will grant us peace and joy together, even in the midst of differences that exist because of varying levels of faith.
The past has a profound effect on our present situation. Therefore there are things back there that we need to overcome. Racism is one of those things that keeps popping up; and it will also bring along it's close cousin prejudice. There bring hurt to us on the mental and spiritual level. Past relationships can also comeback to hurt us. The religious crowd has even caused hurt to come our way from time to time. These past hurts cause us to become too cautious in moving forward. But there is good news Messiah has come! Jesus hasn't come to put a band aid on it but to heal the hurt if we will let Him. Part of that power to overcome is to share the healing with the same people who have hurt us. A testimony of others who have overcome is powerful help to overcome the hurt of the past. Past hurts want to make us battle them, but Jesus is the one we should send to deal with it verses embracing the hurt and making it worse.
The greatest unit we have in this country is the family unit. We need to start teaching our families the importence of living like Christ. The family is the backbone of any country and by the values of the family is how well the country will do. Pastor Lewis gives us a great instructional serman on the family and the values that are to be taught in the family.
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