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Crusaders Sunday

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. The 2015-2016 season of our Crusader club comes to a close. Final awards are given and Pastor Rich gives a special message to challenge both club attendees and their parents.

Guest Speaker: John Tierney

This week we invite John Tierney to deliver the message that God has given to him for us. His message, titled “A Loving Rebuke” comes from Ezra chapters 1-4 and Haggai 1:1-2:19.

Guest Speaker: Dr. James Gabhart

This week we invite Dr. James Gabhart to deliver the message that God has given to him for us.

The following is the outline Pastor Jim used in his sermon.

Believers as Salt

Familiar uses of salt:

  1. Salt ________________________________.
  2. Salt ________________________________.
  3. Salt ________________________________. (Colossians 3:16)
  4. Salt ________________________________.
  5. Salt ________________________________.

The Need for Justification (Part 4)

This message is a continuation from the previous week

Rom. 1:28-23

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. We are continuing our study of the necessity for justification. Last week we studied the revelation of God’s anger in 1:24-28. We learned God reveals His anger toward those who refuse to turn to Christ in repentance by giving them up… If people refuse to repent, and some do – is why Paul was inspired to write v. 28-32 – God gives such people up to debased minds. A depraved or debased mind simply stated means a thought process and a way of life that believes and demonstrates it is acceptable to live in sin. One of the major themes that runs throughout the NT is life/existence as a true Christian lives, in the light of their salvation and its blessings, and the knowledge of certain judgment based upon that life and lifestyle. True Christians are always aware that all their life will be tested and judged, and God’s Laws are the only standard of testing and judgment. Therefore, the desire of Christians is to live a life that is seen by God as tested in battle and found to be reliable, trustworthy, esteemed by God when He judges every part of their life. In Rom. 1:28 Paul is pointing out that the unsaved, and the ungodly have chosen a lifestyle that is NOT trustworthy, reliable, esteemed, approved by God. His point in v. 28 is that a debased or depraved mind is the natural outcome of a person’s thinking when they continually ignore God’s repeated intervention in their lives encouraging them to turn from their sin (which is true Biblical repentance) to Christ in faith and live as He taught us to live. Sin prevents us from thinking correctly about moral issues. When people don’t accept and follow what God reveals in His Word they cannot think and reason as they should about all issues of life. One cannot possible understand how and why God’s Truth and His laws, decrees, commands, and His ways of life are the very essence, the fundamental factors we need to make sense out of the moral world we live in. A depraved mind further explains the need for Man to be justified because a depraved mind is reveals itself through: debased character (v. 29-31). The Apostle Paul is telling us one of the most dangerous effects of sin on the human mind. He writes in v. 29 “they were filled…” Sin is never satisfied, it always seeks for more and more; and as it constantly wants more, it also simultaneously becomes more ruthless in its quest to be satisfied. Sin is not content with just a little, it fills a person’s character so that a person’s entire mental and emotional make-up, or the real you, is filled and controlled by sinful lusts! Notice how, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul explains to us a deeper need for God reach down to sinful man in love and redeem us from our: debased comprehension. The most condemning confirmation of man’s guilt before God is found in the 2 words “they know!” What they know is that God’s laws have sentenced them and everyone who lives as these people are living, to death. Paul goes on to show us that debased comprehension leads to debased confirmation. Listen to how one author so clearly explains Paul’s statement “gives approval to those who practice them.” He writes “willful rejection of divine revelation heart is the heart to the point where the rebel takes delight in the sinfulness of others. At this point wickedness has sunk to its lowest level.” All of us who have come to Christ for salvation must remember we are held to a higher standard because we know the truth as God intends for us to know it. We are most certainly without excuse. All who have yet to come to a saving knowledge of Christ are without excuse because they have been made aware of God and His law because He has made it known to them.

If we can help you with your spiritual questions, call us at 574-643-9419.

The Need for Justification (Part 3)

Rom. 1:28-23

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. We are continuing our study of the necessity for justification. Last week we studied the revelation of God’s anger in 1:24-28. We learned God reveals His anger toward those who refuse to turn to Christ in repentance by giving them up… If people refuse to repent, and some do – is why Paul was inspired to write v. 28-32 – God gives such people up to debased minds. A depraved or debased mind simply stated means a thought process and a way of life that believes and demonstrates it is acceptable to live in sin. One of the major themes that runs throughout the NT is life/existence as a true Christian lives, in the light of their salvation and its blessings, and the knowledge of certain judgment based upon that life and lifestyle. True Christians are always aware that all their life will be tested and judged, and God’s Laws are the only standard of testing and judgment. Therefore, the desire of Christians is to live a life that is seen by God as tested in battle and found to be reliable, trustworthy, esteemed by God when He judges every part of their life. In Rom. 1:28 Paul is pointing out that the unsaved, and the ungodly have chosen a lifestyle that is NOT trustworthy, reliable, esteemed, approved by God. His point in v. 28 is that a debased or depraved mind is the natural outcome of a person’s thinking when they continually ignore God’s repeated intervention in their lives encouraging them to turn from their sin (which is true Biblical repentance) to Christ in faith and live as He taught us to live. Sin prevents us from thinking correctly about moral issues. When people don’t accept and follow what God reveals in His Word they cannot think and reason as they should about all issues of life. One cannot possible understand how and why God’s Truth and His laws, decrees, commands, and His ways of life are the very essence, the fundamental factors we need to make sense out of the moral world we live in. A depraved mind further explains the need for Man to be justified because a depraved mind is reveals itself through: debased character (v. 29-31). The Apostle Paul is telling us one of the most dangerous effects of sin on the human mind. He writes in v. 29 “they were filled…” Sin is never satisfied, it always seeks for more and more; and as it constantly wants more, it also simultaneously becomes more ruthless in its quest to be satisfied. Sin is not content with just a little, it fills a person’s character so that a person’s entire mental and emotional make-up, or the real you, is filled and controlled by sinful lusts! Notice how, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul explains to us a deeper need for God reach down to sinful man in love and redeem us from our: debased comprehension. The most condemning confirmation of man’s guilt before God is found in the 2 words “they know!” What they know is that God’s laws have sentenced them and everyone who lives as these people are living, to death. Paul goes on to show us that debased comprehension leads to debased confirmation. Listen to how one author so clearly explains Paul’s statement “gives approval to those who practice them.” He writes “willful rejection of divine revelation heart is the heart to the point where the rebel takes delight in the sinfulness of others. At this point wickedness has sunk to its lowest level.” All of us who have come to Christ for salvation must remember we are held to a higher standard because we know the truth as God intends for us to know it. We are most certainly without excuse. All who have yet to come to a saving knowledge of Christ are without excuse because they have been made aware of God and His law because He has made it known to them.

If we can help you with your spiritual questions, call us at 574-643-9419.

 

The Need for Justification (Part 2)

Romans 1:24-27

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Last time we began our study of justification by looking at the need or reason God must justify us if we are to be able to live in a right relationship to Him. We learned that God is angry with Mankind because we have become so wicked we have suppressed the truth of God. When we suppress God’s truth, we do not see the need to glorify God and at the same time, we become ungrateful to Him. The next step downward causes men to become idolaters worshipping the creature rather than the Creator. At that point men take the next step and exchange God’s truth for a lie. That lie is; we don’t need God because we are sufficient in ourselves. Paul continues his divinely inspired explanation of why God needs to justify us.

Having looked at the reasons for God’s anger; let’s turn our attention to The Revelation of God’s Anger. Most often when people talk about how God reveals His anger we think of those passages that create mental pictures of the earth reeling and rocking as in Ps. 18; or thunder and lightning out of thick dark clouds like so often happened at Sinai and in the wilderness. However, we must remember God is not a God of destruction; God is a God of creation, redemption, forgiveness, grace, mercy; but also a God of righteousness, justice, recompense and reward, and all His other divine attributes that describe Who God really is. In our focal passage this morning Paul is going to reveal to us how God’s anger is revealed toward all ungodliness and unrighteousness; and how He can allow a person’s sinfulness to be the very punishment that can lead them to repentance or to ultimate destruction! The point Paul is making here is that Man’s sinfulness is the reason God must provide justification as part of salvation or there can be no salvation! Read Rom. 1:24 where “God gave them up…” The term means “God’s judgment on sinners.” The concept here is that after innumerable times of encouraging the unsaved and the ungodly to repent of their sin and turn to Christ for salvation, God will bring about immediate judgment using whatever sin is being practiced as the dominant sin – sometimes called a besetting sin – or the one sin that more than others defines the real character of a person who lives in apostasy, or lives their life against the Word of God.

Notice in v. 24 God gives them up to defiled desires. Those desires are called “lusts” or “sexual impurity.” One writer and expositor gives the most concise definition of lust as “the desire which is alive and active in a person to the point of controlling their entire life!” Those strong desires are used in the right way to help true believers focus, and stay focused on their daily walk with Christ. It is when those strong desires find their origin in sin and sinfulness they become impure. When people get to the point described here in v. 24 God gives them up, or releases them, allows them to go deeper and deeper into their sin, until they either come to their senses, like the Prodigal, or their hearts become so hard they die in their sin, like Pharaoh, or the rich young ruler to refused to sell his possessions and follow the Lord. So the question is: what strong desire is controlling your life? Is it a strong desire to know more and more of God and His amazing grace? If whatever controls your life isn’t pulling you toward Christ, and being conformed to His image, it is, by its sinful nature, a defiled desire! When giving a person up to the sin controlling their life doesn’t lead to repentance, God can then give the person up to dishonorable passions as described in v. 26, 27. One writer says, “God’s anger against sin leads Him to withdraw from the sinner who willfully continues in wickedness. The penalty of sin is sin itself with all its inevitable consequences. Because men exchanged the glory of God for a lie, He gave them over to the passions that bring dishonor.”

If we can help you with your spiritual questions, call us at 574-643-9419.

The Need for Justification (Part 1)

Romans 1:18-22

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can download our service on iTunes or tune in for “The Good Word” each day on AM 1230 WSAL or on Hoosier Country 103.7 FM just after 8am. Today we are going to begin a journey through the great doctrine of justification, which teaches us that it is God, and God alone, Who declares us to be righteous in His sight. It is also this doctrine that makes it abundantly clear that human works can’t be used as a basis for obtaining favor with God that will secure a right relationship to God, His blessings, and ultimately entrance into heaven. This has been the place where so many great men and women of God have come to the point of complete surrender to God because they realize that to be an adopted child of God, He must declare them free of all guilt of sin to complete the adoption process. Justification is an act of God that completes our adoption so our redemption/salvation is secure for all eternity. So let’s dig into this doctrine that reveals the heart of God for Man’s eternal redemption by starting with:

  1. JUSTIFICATION DEFINED: Most often the word “justification” as used in Scripture means: GOD declares a person to be legally released from all charges.” As we get deeper into justification you will clearly see and understand why God is the only Person who can release us from the charges against us. The charges against all Mankind are the reason:
  2. JUSTIFICATION IS DEMANDED. The simplest way to explain why all people must be justified by God is because we are all guilty before God and He is angry with us! Why? We have all violated, even disregarded God’s moral and spiritual laws. God’s moral laws are those laws God has given us that define how we relate to, and interact with all other people. They are summarized in the last 6 commandments given in Ex. 20:12-17. Every time you read in Scripture any principle that deals with how you relate to other people in any way, it is part of God’s moral law. God’s spiritual laws are those laws God has given us that define how we will relate to, and interact with God! They are summarized in the 1st 4 commandments given in Ex. 20:1-11. Every time you read in Scripture any principle that deals with how you relate to God in any way, it is part of God’s spiritual law. Paul’s theme to the Romans is found in 1:16. It is the clearest statement of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith that can be stated by any person. After his intro in 1:11-17, Paul begins the most clearly stated explanation of Man’s need of justification in print today. Verses 18-20 give us the reasons for God’s anger. In v. 19 we see the 1st reason is because “men suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Paul describes what unrighteousness looks like in the lives of people who suppress God’s truth in 1:29-32. God is also angry with us because, v. 21 “men do not glorify God nor are they grateful to Him.” Another reason God is angry with us is in v. 23. Men became idolaters. How did that happen? They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images! Take note of the downward progression as a result of abandoning God. Further, God is angry with Man because as sin sucks us further into degradation people “exchange the truth of God for a lie.” 25. Now watch! When people set aside God’s truth and live according to their own lies, they “worship and serve created things, rather than the creator.” People become idolaters and worship their own pride! Now watch! When any person tries to bribe God by thinking they can get to heaven any other way through faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary, watch, they are guilty of all 4 of these reasons for God’s anger! So, are you one who thinks: “God must be mad at me, because my life sure isn’t what I read in Scripture a Christian’s life is supposed to be?” If so, you need to come to grips with the truth that you live in this passage of Scripture. You are already guilty and condemned by God and on your way to an eternal hell! Now, that is the bad news. Here is the good news! You don’t have to continue a life overshadowed by God’s anger at you for all these reasons. You have an opportunity right now to stop being His enemy, and become one of His adopted children. All you have to do is ask yourself – do I want to stay here in the darkness of sin, or do I want to move into God’s eternal light and life? Before you answer, will your answer in any way suppress the truth of God?

If we can help you with your spiritual questions, call us at 574-643-9419.