Friday, April 11, 2014

Justified by Christ


For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, (Galatians 2:19-20)

Salvation is by grace through faith.
We is made right with God by the work of Christ.
 
If we profess to be justified by Christ, 
Yet we continue to sin,   
We lie, and do not live by the truth.

Christ doesn't promote sin.
He has no part in our sinning.
He doesn't make us sin.

The reason we still sin is because we are transgressor of sin.
We are building again those things we had once destroyed!

As Christisns, we have died to the law so that we might live to God.
We have been crucified with Christ on the cross.

It is no longer we who live, but Christ live in us.
The life which we now live in the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us.

We do not set aside the grace of God by continue sinning.

We don't believe in salvation through the law.
If it is possible,
Then Christ died for nothing.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nothing Else But Grace!


I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-7)

God the Father had called the Christians in Galatia in the grace of Christ. He was gracious to them and called them to follow His Son, who had come to save sinners.

The gospel of Christ is stated in Galatians 1:4: The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sinners. 

In Adam we died. Adam and Eve were sentenced and expelled from the Garden of Eden because of their rebellion. As Adam's offspring, We have to suffer and die for our sins. But in Christ we live. We are welcomed back into God's grace. We are saved, forgiven, and accepted into the Kingdom of God. As Christ's disciples, we have joy and peace in believing. Christ has dealt with our sins with His blood. He had dealt with our sins by the cross at Calvary. He took our consequences and position so that we could take His position and consequences. Christ had delivered us from this present evil age. Our world is going from bad to worse. Sin and evil abound, temptations are numerous and powerful, and feelings of guilt, sadness, hopelessness, and fear predominate. The world is coming to an end. The Day of Judgment is approaching. The day of reckoning is at hand. But in Christ, we are saved from sin and death. We are saved from the judgment of God by the blood of the Passover Lamb! Christ had delivered us according to the will of our God and Father. The Gospel is the love of the Father, incarnate in His Son who came to the earth to save us by an undeserved death on a cross. Glory be to God for sending His Son to save us from a life of eternal death!

Even in Paul's time, there were those who perverted the Gospel. They claimed to preach the gospel, but it is no gospel at all! They preached a man-centered gospel, pleasing to the ears and eyes. But it would do us no good! Salvation is of God. It is God who in His mercy justifies us sinners! Salvation is by grace through faith all the way, and never by works! It is all of grace, nothing else but grace!

Thanks be to God who has deemed to save us and reveal Himself to us! All of grace, nothing else but grace!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Gift of Offering


He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Tithe and offering is a form of worship to God.
Giving tithe and offering demonstrates our dependence on God and our personal sacrifice.

Tithe and offering helps our church creates opportunities and possibilities for our brethren to grow spiritually.
Tithe and offering also helps to support church ministries and missions.

Offering must be out of a willing heart. 
We must be prepared to give. 
We must set aside the amount of money we are willing to give.

Offering must be out of generousity. 
We must not give grudgingly. 
We must not give because of our obligation to give.

Offering is not according to our means to give.
It is according to our love to our God and His Church.
Offering is according to our generous spirit to love God and His People,
And not because of any merit of ours.

God loves a cheerful giver.
God will recompense you for your generousity. 
He will make all grace abound toward you.

You will have all sufficiency in all things. 
You will lack nothing. 

You may have an abundance of every good work. 
You may have tremendous contentment, success, security, peace, joy and the comfort of His Presence.

2 Corinthians 9:10 is a good reminder: 
It is God who supplies seed to the sower; 
It is God who supplies bread for food. 
God is the Provider of all things to you!

As we seek to give generously, 
God may supply and multiply our means to give, 
He may increase our harvest of the fruits of righteousness! 
God may enrich you in everything for all liberality!

Tithe and offering not only helps our brethren, 
It brings many thanksgivings from our brethren to our God. 
The gift of offering glorifies our God and encourages our brethren in their Christ Walk!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The only real Thirst-Quencher


Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 
—John 4:13-14

Jesus encountered a woman at Jacob’s well.

He talked to her about another source of water that would always satisfy. 

But He did not speak of a fountain, spring, river, or lake. 

He said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”.

Far greater than any natural spring is the refreshment we have been offered in Christ Himself. 

We can be satisfied, for Jesus alone, the Water of Life, can quench our thirst. 

Praise God, for Jesus is the source that never runs dry. 

In Christ alone we find the water than can quench the thirst of our hearts and draw us ever closer to Him.

The only real thirst-quencher is Jesus the living water.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sharing God's Love


In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
—1 John 4:10

How to be a Christian leader?

It is not:
* How many people take you seriously?
**How much are you going to accomplish?
***Can you show some results?

But:
*Are you in love with Jesus?
**Do you experience His love?
***Do you want to share His love with others?

In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, that reaches out and wants to heal.

John wrote, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Good Christian leaders are those who truly know the heart of God as it has become flesh in Jesus. In Christ, we discover and experience God’s unconditional, unlimited love.

We don't needn't to walk through life alone.
God loved us and had sent His Son to die for us.
We had experience it,
And we wanted to share it with the world.

God’s love in our heart gives us a heart for others.