Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why does it seem like I can never make any progress?” We’ve all been there at one time or another and we’ve all tried to come up with our own solution to this age old dilemma. We have even sought the answer through other means, yet we always find ourselves back at square one, frustrated; confused; impatient; angry and desperate.
We have all heard the saying, “Looking for love in all the wrong places”. The reality is, we’re not only looking for love in all the wrong places; we’re also looking for peace, joy, strength, acceptance and purpose in all the wrong places. Where then might one look for these life longings? Let me preface this by expressing where not to look. Look not to man, money, material possessions, or within your own powers. Every one of these has failed us time and time again. Man has let us down; money has run out; material possessions have worn out; and our own power has proven to be marginal at best.
So, where should we look? We should look to the person of Jesus Christ! He has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3); He loves us and is so concerned about us, that He perfects those things which concern us (Psalm 138:8); He will provide us with all that we need if we would just make Him first and foremost in our lives (Matthew 6:33); He gave of Himself, so that we could live an abundant life (John 10:10).
Don’t try Him, TRUST Him!!
I. How are we saved; and our position
Romans 10:9 That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation
II. All are born into sin
Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God;
III. Why we are born into sin
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
IV. A way out is provided
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
V. How to accept the way out
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.
Submit your life to Christ.
I. How to get your life back in order
Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalm 119:11 thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
John 14:15 if ye love me, keep my commandments
II. Return, acknowledge sin, and be cleansed
Jeremiah 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backsliding. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou are the Lord our God.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 28:13 He hath covereth his sins shall not prosper. But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Why Should I Go to Church?
“Why should I go to church? Why can’t I just do devotions on my own?” Good question! It’s true that God values personal devotions. In fact, He even commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). But “going to church” is about more than personal devotion. For Christians, going to church is the assembling together of a family, or as the apostle Paul described it, uniting the members of a body:
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Rom. 12:4-5)
Every Christian is a member of the body of Christ, and every member has unique talents and insights. Sharing these gifts with each other as a unified body strengthens us in our common task of glorifying God. In forsaking not the assembling of ourselves, we will experience:
Regular church attendance allows a Christian to become part of a church family—a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who share true concern for one another. Paul described this kind of fellowship in his letter to the Corinthians: “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Cor. 12:26). When we care for our fellow Christians in this way, not only do we enjoy the security of belonging to a spiritual family, but we glorify God by revealing His character to the world.
When God rescued King David from his enemies, David couldn’t keep his praise to himself. He cried out, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psa. 34:3). Even Christ, in the darkest hours of His life, asked three of His closest friends to “watch and pray” with Him (Matt. 26:41). While private devotion pleases God, at times nothing will do except to join with fellow Christians in praise of our great God. Jesus promised: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matt. 18:20). God is glorified when Christians speak of His greatness with each other, and He is pleased to be in our midst.
3. Personal Growth
Just as individual Bible study and prayer are vital to a Christian’s spiritual growth, so is consistent contact with other Christians. God commands us to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together . . .” (Heb. 10:24-25). Meeting regularly with other Christians is an opportunity to be encouraged in your daily walk with Christ, to receive godly advice in areas of difficulty in your life, and to be challenged by the example of more mature Christians.
Paul tells us that God gave “pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-12). Attending church allows us to receive the instruction of trained pastors and teachers, helping us minister both to the world and within the Church.
Along with communicating the gospel to the unsaved through actions and words, Christians have a responsibility to minister to other members of the body of Christ: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up . . .” (1 Thess. 5:11). Being in regular contact with other Christians in church gives you numerous opportunities to offer a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a helping hand, or to receive these things in your moment of need.
Regular Church attendance allows you to both be a blessing and receive a blessing! Come, be my blessing, meet me at Unwavering Faith Christian Church!
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