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Pastors Pen

Personal Holiness-Evidence that Christ Lives in You!

I know that not everyone participates in a Lifegroup, but our Lifegroups are one of the most important steps toward being a healthy church we have taken in the last 20 years. One great help for me is listening to what people did or didn’t get from the sermon. I’ve found the Lifegroup discussions very helpful in understanding how well people have understood the Scripture as taught in the morning sermon.


The discussion questions are designed to help clarify and apply the morning sermon.


The key thought last week is Hebrews 12:14b ” without holiness no one will see the Lord.”JC Ryle said, “We must be holy, because this is one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world….Jesus is a complete Savior. He does not merely take away the guilt of a believer’s sin, he does more….He breaks its power.”


Jesus has saved us from the power of sin but we don’t often think about what He has saved us to, nor do we have a vision of making an effort toward building Christlike character in our lives.


John 4:24 says it a different way, ” God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”


John 4:23, tells us “the Father is seeking that kind of worshiper.”


That’s another way of understanding why our holiness is important.
Now it’s time to play catch up.


Pastor Lynn

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

It’s obvious to me, after almost 40 years of being a Christian that people are really confused about Christianity. Are you a Christian because you “prayed the sinners prayer?” Are you a Christian because you ” believed” that Jesus is the Son of God? Are you a Christian because you were baptized? Or, can you go through all the motions of being saved but fail to follow through?
I’ve had this conversation many times over the years, even this past week. Someone tells me they are a Christian…..but then admit they aren’t living like one. If I told you I was married but I’m living like an unmarried person, what would you think about that?
It’s obvious people are confused about what it means to call yourself a Christian.
It’s important to publically profess faith in Christ as the Son of God, as your personal Savior, believing that He died for your sins. The proof of that is in the way we live. That’s why we need daily doses of God’s Word. That’s why we need to be lifetime learners. We need to learn from others. We need the structure of a local Christ-centered church, uniting with others in worship, spiritual fellowship and ministry. In short we need to learn to follow our leader, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The truth is, if you aren’t living like a Christian you probably aren’t a Christian, and that is the worst type of deception.
There is a concrete starting point for every believer called, the new birth or being born again (John 3:3 &7). That’s what happens when you understand that God holds you responsible for your sins and that Jesus death provided the necessary sacrifice for your sins.
1 Peter 3:18 says “Christ suffered for sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit.” NLT
When Jesus called His disciples, He simply told them “follow Me” ( Matt. 4:19) and that is an invitation that never changes! So, if you are a Christian you should be following Christ, and if you are following Him it will change the way you live!
Pastor Lynn

What is the Royal Law?

Maybe a more important question is are we obeying the Royal Law?

In the New Testament book of James we read about the Royal Law in James 2:8 but it originates with the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 22:37-40. This is also called the “Great Commandment”.

The Great Commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind…..and your neighbor as yourself.

So we can say that the Royal Law is Love, which began with God and we personally experience as we receive Christ as Savior and Lord. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

So, back to my original question, are we obeying the Royal Law by loving others like Jesus loved them? That’s the question we need to ask ourselves, daily. Now I can’t cover all that this means in just this one column because this is a life long pursuit.

I think the problem with loving people is that it costs us, time, effort, money and it’s messy. We are busy and distracted and spoiled so living people is an interruption, it’s inconvenient and it doesn’t interrupts our routine.

My purpose here is just to highlight loving people like Jesus loved people. Some of our people served at the Center of Hope 2 days last week. Some recently worked in our VBS. Others have taken time to help individuals that needed help. Some prayed with strangers who had needs. These are just a few things I’m aware of, hopefully there were others.

All these were acts of compassion, they were examples of the Royal Law of loving people like Jesus did. Keep up the good work! Let’s all be law abiding citizens of the kingdom of God as we love others in Jesus name this week!

Pastor Lynn