In the second class we looked into the constitutional standards of the PCA. We talk about the reasons for holding to creeds and confessions as helpful ways to understand the perfect and supreme authority of the Word of God.
Continuing the Gospel Community series.
Matt and Alan talk through Romans 14 which considers how Christians can live in peace and building each other up, even in our differences when it comes to liberty issues.
Devotions from the Heart:A Study of Leviticus
HOW TO BECOME ACCEPTABLE. Leviticus 5:14-19;6:1-7 The Guilt Offering (a Picture of Christ's Atoning Sacrifice): The Way to Be Set Free from the Weight and Anguish of Guilt, the Piercing of Conscience. False guilt is aroused when a person fails to keep the impossible standards set by family, friends, or society, and in some cases even by himself. False guilt seldom if ever accepts anything other than perfection and never sees the possibility of complete forgiveness.If the person is plagued by true guilt, he needs to confess and repent of his wrong, confessing both to God and to the person wronged. And he needs to make restitution. Restitution will help ease a person's guilt as much as, if not more than, anything else.On the cross, Jesus Christ died for the sins and guilt of man. He took the sins and guilt of man upon Himself to pay the penalty for man. By this act—by dying for man—Jesus Christ sets man free from the guilt of sin. When a person believes and approaches God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God counts the death of Jesus Christ for the person. God counts the person innocent, counts him free of guilt and condemnation.
Most of us know that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ begins with a belief in Him. But do we realize that it's only the beginning?
The Lord desires such an intimate relationship with Him that we begin to seek and follow His will for our lives. The journey starts with a desire to set aside our wants and wishes for His instead. And our best source of direction is His Word!
Join us as we share part two of our 'Rejuvenate' sermon series -- let's focus our attention on getting "Back to the Book!"
Who We Love For — And the Difference it Makes
One of the greatest ways to INSIST that others know the source of your life is by letting God's truth govern you, and not the circumstances of each day. Jesus did not allow the enemy to govern His life. No! He loved, did good, blessed, prayed, gave, offered, and was always kind and merciful to the unthankful and evil people of this world. When you allow His truth to lead you, and not the response or attitudes of others, you will be identified as children of God. Now as this happens... you want to INSIST that they know why you are the way you are.
At times they'll desire to know why you live with such hope, joy, and gladness... because they'll see your contentment and peace. And when you live to know Him and make Him known, you'll INSIST that they know the source of your hope and righteousness.
Faith comes by hearing... therefore, you must be intentional to tell your story and the beauty behind the principle that governs your life. YOUR LIFESTYLE IS NOT ENOUGH... it's used by the Lord to OPEN the door for you to speak. And apart from intentionally communicating with those who observe your life, you cannot lead them to the One who made you a mouthpiece for His glory. You must INSIST that they know His name, what He, by His grace has done for you, and what He's done for them, too. It will bring GLORY to the LORD... and richly bless them and their lives!
Oh, glory... may it be that goodness and mercy follow us... all the days of our lives. Be strong, my friends, and be a very courageous mouthpiece for the King.
This is just an aid to some of the principles I've highlighted through the years and emphasizing the last several