The day of casual Christianity is coming to an end.
For our physical health, we need an annual exam just to check us over and make sure everything is okay. Generally, it's not the things that are on the surface that the doctor is looking for - there are little signs and under-the-surface things that are small now, but may become big later. For our spiritual health, we need even more regular examinations.
If you are sick, you’re not going to get any better by only treating your symptoms. You have to treat the problem at the source. If you’re lost in sin, you’re not going to get any better by trying to change your actions. You have to let Jesus transform your heart and mind and tackle the problem at the source.
The church is not helping the world by pointing out sin. If we want to help the world, we have to lead them to God, the only one who can fix the source of the problem.
Scripture used: John 8
We are the sons of God, the heirs of Christ. With Christ, God is our Father. Without Him, God is our judge.
We once lived under The Law. If you broke it, punishment came instantly - an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth. The Law sentenced everyone to death because we could not keep it. But there's good news! Jesus paid for our sin and we are no longer under the law! We are made righteous in Jesus!
We are called to lay down our lives to live and care for one another. Love isn't a word or a series of words, it is actions we do that show love to each other. We need to focus on where we agree rather than where we differ.
Scriptures used: 1 John 3:10, Luke 15:25-32, Luke 10:30-37, James 3:8-18, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 25
One thing all Christians have in common is temptation. The specifics of the temptations vary from person to person, but we all have them. The devil does a good job of making us feel like we're the only one struggling with our particular issue and that God is somehow disappointed in us for our failure, but, as you will see in this message, that is not the case!
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is her that is in you than he that is in the world. [1 John 4:4]
God's people have a tendency to live like we're defeated - like the devil can get us down. God's people should live with confidence, and boldness, and authority. Through the blood of Jesus, we are winners - satan cannot overcome God's people.