It is the 21st Century. At this point The Church should be making tremendous strides spreading the Gospel and building up The Church.
Is this what is really happening?
It is Round 21, surely The Church is kicking tail and taking names.
Not so fast. Look at the world. What do you see?
What you should see is a world filled with "nominal Christians".
Is that even a thing? Uncommitted followers of Christ, everywhere!!
What does Jesus say about commitment?
Let us examine Luke 14:25-27 together and we shall see.
All of those that have been saved by the Grace of God are now citizens of Heaven. Our names are on the registry there.
This fact should bring us joy and remind us that we are not to be of this world or follow after, or love this world.
EVERY Christian is called to sanctification. That is God's will, 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Paul explains that we are to press on in our sanctification and Spiritual maturity. It is mandatory. Join us in Philippians 3:12-16.
Paul explains in Philippians 3:10-11 that he wants to know Christ. The power of His resurrection. The fellowship of His suffering and be conformed to His death. Ultimately to be glorified with Christ.
We should, too!
There is nothing that we can do, there is nothing that we can accomplish that will ever satisfy God's demand for payment for our sin.
Of all of the "works" that we do, none of them will impress God in order to curry favor toward salvation.
Paul explains that his "religious credits" he considers them loss compared to knowing Jesus. Join us in Philippians 3:4-8.
In Philippians 2 Paul gives instruction to be humble. He also gives us three examples of humble workers for Christ. Philippians 2:17-30.
Epaphroditus is a fantastic example of working for Christ regardless the cost.
In the history of man many, many, great inventions have enhanced the quality of life. Man is at his highest level of intelligence in all of history.
Has that intelligence really advanced mankind?
How does this wisdom compare to the wisdom of God?
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 gives us the answer to this question
Why didn't God just send an angel to handle man's sin problem?
It was a man who sinned and a Man had to live the perfect life in order to make the payment for man's sin.
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At Christmas we are always enamored with "Baby" Jesus.
To a degree that is the point, God became man. As true as that is. We must never forget that it was truly God the Son who came into the world that day. He may have been a baby at Christmas, but He is the Preeminent One. The Creator, the Savior, the Name above all names.
Philippians 2:5-8 teaches the truth of Jesus and His preexistence as God.
While we are taught this truth, it is middle of Paul's teaching on Christ humbling Himself.
This section of Scripture is packed full of doctrine.
Philippians 2:1-4. God's Word shows us that unity is a Biblical fact.
Ephesians 4:3 commands us to be diligent to preserve unity.
In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul gives us the application to preserve unity in the Church. This is a blessing that we may not even see. We are to preserve unity and we are given the tools and the understanding to make that happen.