There’s a lot of religions out there, and even within the realm of “Christianity” there are people who have a false religion, a religion that is dirty, and defiled before God. And I would even bet that you wouldn’t be able to tell it, just by walking in the church.
If you’ve been around church much, or if you’ve read the bible, you’ve then you’ve probably heard the term repent, or repentance. Throughout the Old Testament when the Children of Israel had strayed from the path of truth, God sent prophets to call for the people to repent. John the Baptist, called out for people to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” But what does it mean? More importantly, what does true repentance look like?
We are looking into what is a hypocrite…We get our text today from Matthew Chapter 23, Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.
This past week we celebrated the 4th of July, and we hosted the first annual Freedom Fest. I shared a gospel message with the group, on a changed identity in Christ, and I’d like to share it with you here.
What is Salvation? It’s a term that all too often, us churchgoers take for granted, and while a later episode will dig further into sharing our faith, and look at some practical tips of doing so, right now I want to dig into the nuts and bolts of what Salvation is, and really put this under a microscope.
The idea of a lukewarm Christian comes from Revelation 3, when John has been exiled, and receives a revelation of Jesus Christ, delivered by an Angel. As part of this, John is a messenger to the seven churches of Asia, which provides both warning and guidance to these churches.
A “fellow” in this sense is a comrade (military) or associate (business), and the suffix -ship is added to a word to make it state or condition. So then “fellowship” is the concept of being on the same team, in the same boat, or on the same page… but where is this found in the Bible?
Matthew 10: 34-39
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
In this segment we are exploring the importance of personal bible study and how this is our primary source for God to input truth to our lives.
Read the Bible for yourself.
Get alone with God (God and I time)
Take time to pray asking God to teach you his truth
Take notes along the way (Journal)
Teach the Bible to your family.
Look for illustration along the way (people remember stories)
Application is huge. How can I apply this truth?
Write it out.
Baby write this down. The sharpest mind is no match for a dull pencil.
I say write, because you can solidify the thoughts.
Share it with the World (your world)
Record it in audio or video, post to a blog, find friends/family members/co-workers