Surrender and Obedience to God Comes First

Week of September 13, 2019

“For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men - the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” Mark 7:8 (NKJV)

Traditions and rituals have always played an important role in society.  This is also true in the church.  Congregational life and practices are largely controlled by traditions, rituals, and church ordinances.

It is essential to adhere to rules so that everything can run smoothly, but it is of utmost importance that these rules don’t become the dominant controlling factor in any Christian community.

The foundation of what we do is not following traditions and rituals but giving devotion and obedience to God that rises from our love for Jesus Christ.  His will takes precedence over the will of people.

So, to be a channel of the love of God, surrender yourself unconditionally to the Holy Spirit first and then use the traditions and rituals of denominational life in a way that reflects the love of Christ.   

       

 

                                                                                      God Bless,

Pastor Rick

He Has The Whole World On His Mind

Week of September 6, 2019

“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2, NKJV)

The Scope of Jesus’ atonement goes beyond our own personal salvation.  Jesus cares about each individual’s personal salvation.  The scripture in Luke 15 says that He leaves the 99 to save one.  Jesus died for the sins of your closest loved ones and your greatest enemy.  He also came to save your most intimate relationship and your mere acquaintances.  He gave Himself for those who would trust in His name, and He has entrusted His people to take this message of redemption to the world.  As you think of your own story of redemption, begin to direct your attention to those around you whom God may be wooing to Himself.  He died for you and them.  Pray God will give you ways you can share this good news with someone maybe today!

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

Spreading His Name

Week of August 30, 2019

“For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” (Romans 9:17, NKJV)

God is passionate about the spreading of His name.  Whether we realize it or not, everyone is a part of this.  Even Pharaoh’s actions played a role in God’s name being proclaimed throughout the whole earth.  As believers, it is our job to come alongside God in making Him known to the world beginning where we live.  How do we do this?  We do this by faithfully sharing the good news of Jesus with one person at a time.  With the collective labor of God’s people living on mission, God’s name will one day be proclaimed everywhere.

Our job is to identify one person – one person you see on a consistent basis who you can begin praying for and sharing the gospel with in the coming weeks.

 God Bless, Pastor Rick