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Successful Stewardship Principles

Matt. 6:19-24

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. Do you know the Bible speaks more about giving than it does prayer? There are more than 1,500 passages that deal with giving, and only a few more than 500 passages that have to do with prayer. Now that doesn’t mean God thinks more of hell, and giving than He does heaven and prayer. He is infinitely more concerned that people come to the understanding they don’t have to spend eternity in hell. I want to share three truths with you today that are governing factors in our life that determine success in life. These three truths are so important they actually govern how successful we are in the area of our finances. My outline today is from 2 men of God who are gifted in sharing Biblical principles of finance and have dedicated their lives to helping people be Biblically correct and successful in handling finances. Let’s begin with:

  1. YOUR PERSPECTIVE. Everyone has a point of view about themselves. Although there are many variations, attitudes about self can be generally classified in one of 3 categories: 1st = I am nothing, I am a misfit, I can’t do anything right, I am the least of all people. Under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit God has revealed to us that we are created in His image and likeness; we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Other Christians, who are saved for no other reason than to stay out of hell have the point of view I am everything! They think they are God’s gift to His church, and they often go to great lengths to make you think so too! They are like the Pharisees and Sadducees whom Jesus labeled hypocrites, and will get their just rewards. Then there are those Christians who understand who they are in Christ. Their point of view is I am God’s! They understand what God has done for them in salvation; and as a result, they recognize their value and worth is something to be cared for and guarded in the light of Scripture. True Christians understand their mission in this life is five-fold:
    1. An ambassador for Christ. Paul teaches that in 2 Cor. 5:20. They are keenly aware of their accountability and responsibility to God for everything in their life including the motives and intents of their heart, so put great dedication into living in harmony with all God’s Word.
    2. They do all they can all day every day to live in such a manner as to draw the lost to Christ. That is the message Peter is giving in 1 Pet. 2:11 thru 4:11. Christians are to live as a witness to the life changing power of redemption.
    3. Christians understand  they are to edify and encourage their brothers and sisters in Christ.
    4. True Christians see their mission to build up the local church through unity in the faith. True Christians promote unity, not division.
    5. True Christians understand their mission in life is to give to others as God has given to them. Christians who have a proper view of Biblical Christianity know they are possessed by God because He bought them.
  2. YOUR PARTNERSHIPS (Matt. 6:24) also determine your personal success in life. Of all the partnerships or relationships in this life the most important is a personal relationship with Christ as your Savior! In order to be financially successful, or successful in any other part of life God tells us in Matt. 6:24 we cannot serve 2 masters. Paul teaches in 2 Cor. 6:14-18 we are not to be unequally yoked/joined together with unbelievers. Do you know that principle extends to every relationship, not just dating – hear that young people – and marriage, but all partnerships – including business partnerships.
  3. YOUR PRIORITIES. Read Eccl. 12:12, 13. Of the 3 truths we have discussed, this is perhaps the most important, because our priorities tell us what is most important to us. Read Matt. 6:19-21. Everything that is in your life above or before –that means everything in your life that is more important to you than God is the rust, moths, and thieves that are destroying and stealing your wealth from you! Someone will say Pastor, I/we are doing ok the way we are doing things. LISTEN! God doesn’t want you to do okay – He wants you to do extraordinary! Conduct your own audit of your personal life. Where is your wealth and how is it being used? God knows and one day He will ask you to give account of all you have been given. Are you sure all your books are in order?

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Perseverance Perverted

Heb. 6:1-6

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, I want to share with you some truths that play a tremendous part in revealing the truth of God and His salvation relationship with people. Reread John 10:28, 29. Why is teaching perseverance perverted so deadly, and dangerous? There are at least 5 deadly heresies to be considered:

  1. The 1st such heresy is: Man’s Pride is Exalted Above God’s Power. Those who teach God’s great gift of salvation can be lost demonstrate their arrogance by saying in response to v. 28, 29, no man can snatch them out of God’s hand, but they themselves can. When Jesus says “no man” He means no man, not even them. Beloved, Man’s sinful self is so evil that even when it comes face to face with Scripture, it will deny Scripture and say, what I want or think it more important than Scripture. Sin doesn’t just dim a person’s view of Scripture, it completely blinds them to God’s truth! Watch just how evil it is to think a person can take themselves out of God’s hand:
  2. If a person can take themselves out of God’s hand, they are more powerful than God. He is no longer omnipotent! If a person can take themselves out of God’s hand, God is not able to protect us from ourselves, and it is only a matter of time until we self-destruct to the point of complete annihilation!
  3. If a person can take themselves out of God’s hand God is made to be a liar. Look at John 6:39; we read earlier in the Lord’s prayer He prayed that none would be lost. John 18:9 records that same truth. When a person is erroneously taught they can lose their salvation, the teacher is clearly denying the truth of God that none who come to Jesus are lost! To call God a liar is to contradict Scripture. Num. 23:19 and Heb. 6:18 are just 2 references that say in these words, “God cannot lie.” To imply God is lying also denies Ps. 12:6; 18:30; and Prov. 30:5, 6 which all say, “every word of God is flawless.” Do you want to explain to God why you called Him a liar?
  4. A 4th reason this heresy is so deadly is growth to spiritual maturity cannot happen. When people are constantly confronted with the loss of their salvation, they are constantly crippled in learning and living a normal and productive Christian life. They are not free to move past the elementary doctrines because they are told they must always go back to square one and start over. Do you see how these victims are held in prison of law and legalism? They can’t possibly focus on the deeper things of Christ, sanctification, ministry, and certainly not persevering because they are always concerned about doing something that will cost them their salvation. These poor folks also miss the wonder of grace, mercy, kindness, patience, and forgiveness of God. Here is the most deadly and devastating truth in saying one can lose their salvation. 5. All hope of salvation is lost forever! Look at Heb. 6:4-6. Scripture uses many terms for redemption, or salvation. This list of some of those terms here in v. 4, 5 are all phrases used throughout The Bible to refer to salvation.

Here is the simple message of v. 4 – “It is impossible in the case of those who have been saved, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance!” If a person can do anything that costs them their salvation, they can’t just say, I’ll get saved again. Do you know why? If the 1st Calvary, 2k years ago wasn’t good enough strong enough to keep a person saved forever, then No one can go back to that same Calvary for redemption because it has lost its power to save.

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A Sheep’s Inheritance

John 10:28-30

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 studying one of the most important and most often misunderstood and misrepresented doctrines of Scripture that concerns our salvation. The doctrine of perseverance is a Biblical truth we must understand if we are to live our lives as true ambassadors for Christ and His kingdom. It is the doctrine of perseverance that separates the true Christians from all the fakes, hypocrites, liars, and deceivers who say they are Christians, and want all the benefits of being a Christian, but never comply with all God says in His inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word in their daily living. Perseverance is defined in 2 parts: 1 = “understanding the Biblical truth of redemption/salvation to the point a person is compelled in their heart to live in harmony with all of God’s Word until the end of their earthly lives.” 2 = Only those people who are truly born again can and will persevere to the end of their earthly life. When Jesus says, I know them as He does in John 10:27, we need to remember, He has perfect knowledge about each of us. Jesus tells us God even knows the number of hairs on our head. We hear and follow because Jesus knows us. Remember, true Christians hear God speak, and intentionally follow Him with a desire to obey. Follow means imitate God in all facets of everyday life. Is that how you follow? Let’s look closely at what else God extends to us from the instant of our salvation, and extends throughout eternity! Let’s begin with:

OUR SECURITY IN CHRIST. Note in v. 28 Jesus says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish!” Jesus makes a simple statement here with a simple meaning. One doesn’t have a doctorate in theology to understand the true meaning of Jesus’ words. When Jesus says eternal life, He means life that never ends. When God created us in His image, He created us to be eternal beings who live with Him forever in His heaven. Every human being that has or ever will be created is an eternal being. Before your conception you were eternal in the mind of God. He has known all about you forever. From the time you were conceived and forever forward you are – well you! Your soul is the eternal part of you that will never die. Your physical body will either succumb to physical death or you will be raptured out of this world. There is no other condition, past, or future. When any person comes to Christ for salvation, eternal life begins immediately in all its fullness. When God says, “I give,” it is the same as I shall! In the vernacular – it is a done deal!! Not only are we secure because we have eternal life, our security is reinforced when Jesus says, “…and they shall never perish.” Then Jesus goes a step further in telling us how secure we are. Now let’s examine:

OUR SHELTER IN CHRIST. Notice, Jesus then says, “no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Look at v. 29-30. V. 30 is one of the clearest, simplest statements in Scripture that the historical man Jesus, is God in human form! To deny that is to deny Scriptural truth!! Notice also our security is in Christ! We are placed in Christ, and Christ is in God! True Christians respond to this information with:

STRENGTH OF CHARACTER. I said at the beginning of this sermon the doctrine of perseverance is the Biblical doctrine that separates the true Christians from the fakes. The ability to live as Christians for the entirety of our earthly lives comes from our Triune God and is shown in our daily: A. FAITH = Read Heb. 11:32-38! You remember a very practical definition of faith don’t you! Faith is not believing God can, but knowing God will! Is that the concept of faith you live with all day every day? Our strength of character is also shown in our: B. FORTITUDE. Remember when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were faced with the furnace if they did not bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar? Remember, their answer? “Our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king! But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” That is some pretty serious fortitude isn’t it? Is that the attitude of your fortitude 21st Century Christian?

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Listening Sheep

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. This week we turn our attention to the positive side of why Christians persevere, even when things get really tough. We have learned those who don’t believe Jesus don’t believe Him because they are not His sheep, or bluntly said, they don’t believe Him because they are not saved. Our focal passage is John 10, and we are going to focus on v. 27. V. 25, 26 answer the questions in v. 24. Jesus gives 3 mandatory truths that reveal true salvation, and drives a Christian to continue to live every day as a Christian regardless of any outside circumstance that may arise trying to influence them to stop living as a Christian should live. Notice 1st is:

A CHRISTIAN’S REGARD = To hear the Lord’s voice! One of the most basic and fundamental characteristics of a Christian is they are always listening to hear their Savior speak to them. In the NT the Greek word translated “to hear” means “to understand the significance/importance of what is being said.” The NT concept of hearing means a Christian is always alert and listening to hear the voice of God speaking to him/her because that person knows the only way they can learn, know, and understand what God is revealing to them, is to listen to God speaking to them. If you really want to hear God speak all you have to do is open The Word and read!!! When Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice” He is saying, as a true Christian goes about their daily life, they do so with their ears always alert to the voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit. They want God to speak to them because they know He has the words of life and what He speaks is truth revealed to them to conform them into Christ’s image. Listen to this statement by one NT scholar: he says concerning hearing what Jesus has to say; “There is no record concerning the appearance of Jesus, in which the 1st Christians showed no interest.” Next is:

CHRIST’S RECOGNITION – I know them. One writer defines know/knowledge as John uses it to mean: the awareness in our heart that we live in a relationship we have with God The Father because we trusted in the finished work of Christ for our salvation. The relationship with God The Father is because He adopts us as His children when we are saved. As a result of the salvation relationship with God, we have fellowship with Him because of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Obedience and love from the heart are two identifying characteristics of true Christians. Obedience and love define the quality of fellowship that results from the salvation relationship with God. Now notice:

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE. Notice also in v. 27 when Jesus’s sheep hear Him, they follow Him. Following Jesus is a visible evidence of perseverance. When Jesus says “they follow me” He is saying in just 3 words the driving or covering or whole philosophy of those Christians who have come to the point in their life where to follow Christ is their only option! It means they become like Him behaving as He does. Once again the “behaving as He does” encompasses the person’s entire life to include their thinking, emotions, and even the motives and intents of their heart!  In the NT the concept of “follow” always means to follow Christ. Another interesting fact is that the concept of following Christ is limited exclusively to one who becomes a disciple of Christ. Here is where the whole Biblical doctrine of following Christ focuses of perseverance. One follows Christ, not as the historical Jesus, but as Messiah. Why is that distinction important? Because to follow after Jesus; to become like Him; to imitate Him in daily living; to have and display His nature and character – as a true disciple means to participate in the salvation experience offered only to those who come to Christ for redemption. To follow Christ is the highest calling a person can receive. That calling is extended to everyone, but is only effective for those who answer and come to Christ for redemption!

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Why People Don’t Believe Jesus

John 10: 22-30

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 to study the doctrine of perseverance. Perseverance is the drive within a true Christian’s heart that makes them want to become more and more like Christ every day. True Christians have such a desire because they understand in their heart the magnitude of their salvation. They get that being saved is not about them, rather it is all about Christ. Today we are going to study the promise that true Christians will be recognized and restored. That is a promise of certainty. God knows His own, and He cannot, and will not forget any of them. To understand the drive that makes a true Christian keep on keeping on, we must also understand why perseverance applies only to such people! In our focal passage, Jesus makes a very clear statement of truth that must not be overlooked. Read v. 24-26 again. Those who didn’t then believe, (and don’t now believe) are not saved! Someone will say, “Pastor that might be just a little too dogmatic, you can’t say that!” You would be right, I can’t say that, but I can quote Christ, and He can certainly say it! And here is the point of truth and reality Christ is making: Only those who are truly saved can and will believe Christ and all His teachings! ALL Christ’s teachings are the God breathed law of God, and how to live it daily as God intended. What makes that statement true? The truth of the indwelling Holy Spirit in a redeemed heart! Read John 16:4-15. Jesus is telling The eleven disciples (Judas had already left to go betray Jesus) that one of the most important ministries of the indwelling Holy Spirit is to guide us in understanding all truth, by declaring the truth to us. Beginning in Romans 12, Paul explains what being led by the Spirit means as he teaches what the life of a real Christian looks like. He also told the Galatians how to tell a real Christian. Read Gal. 5:13-26. All these passages, and many more, describe to us in clear, simple terms what the life of a true Christian looks like. Only a true Christian can make the choice to live in total submission to The Holy Spirit. That is because only a true Christian has experienced the death of self and their sinful nature. Their re-creation in Christ not only permits them to believe ALL of what Christ teaches –and ALL of Scripture teaches, but gives them the desire to do so. The unsaved have no idea or concept of God’s redeeming grace or most other attributes of God. Because they are unsaved, they aren’t living a lie, they are just dead in sin, living the only kind of life they can live! They may be to some degree, morally upright, honest and respected. But they are that way only for what being so will bring to them. In a pinch, or when given a choice they will always opt for the way that brings to them the best outcome. On the other hand, a carnal Christian, the person who is saved, but refuses to let the Holy Spirit lead them in transforming their lives into the image of Christ will be judged for knowing the truth and willfully, purposefully refusing to live the truth of God’s saving, and life-changing grace to all other people as it is revealed in Scripture! Why does a true Christian keep on doing all God asks His adopted children to do? The best answer is because they are vividly aware of what God in the Person of Jesus Christ has already done for them. True Christians do not live in harmony with all God says because they want what He has for them, now or in the future! True Christians live in harmony with all God says because of what they have already received from salvation alone! Being transformed into the image of Christ, and obeying all God’s commands and precepts are not burdensome or grievous to a true Christian! Extreme obedience is the least they can do from an eternally grateful heart that they have been redeemed! True Christians don’t live with the attitude “what can I get?” They live with the attitude of “how much I already have!” True Christians don’t ask what God can do for them, they ask what they can do for God!

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Staying Saved (Part 2)

John 6:35-40

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 going to begin to study the doctrine of perseverance! Both OT and NT are saturated with passages that teach our daily lives, day in and day out, reveal the truth of whether or not our salvation is real or fake! As we study this foundational doctrine, it will become evident to you that no one can hide the truth of redemption. It is here Num. 32:23 catches up with the hypocrites, liars, fakes, and wolves in sheep’s clothing and their sin finds them out! Here is the focal question the doctrine of perseverance answers: Listen carefully! Can a true Christian lose their salvation? Key word there being “true!” Here is a question for you; would a true Christian want to lose their salvation? Here is how one theologian defines perseverance: “All those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.”

There are 2 distinct truths of this doctrine. 1st = All those who are truly born again are kept by God’s power. This is God’s part in perseverance. Read 1 Peter 1:3-7. The Holy Spirit actually inspired Paul to write all true Christians are “guarded by God’s power” in v. 3. It means “to guard or watch intensely/closely/attentively! It is used in Scripture when one is guarded as a prisoner, or captive, so they can’t escape, or be lost! The idea is when God is doing the keeping or guarding, loss or escape is impossible. So the assurance to the true Christian is that God makes it His business to guard them, protect them in such a way that they cannot lose their salvation, and will spend eternity with Him in His heaven! The 2nd truth of this doctrine is, All those who are truly born again will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives. Why does a true Christian persevere? Voddie Baucham gives a simple, straight forward answer, that is also a great philosophy for the Christian life. A true Christian understands it clearly. Mr. Baucham says salvation is “What Christ has done on our behalf, to the glory of The Father, through the Cross.” The reason, the real reason a true Christian will persevere in the Christian life as a man or woman of God is because of what Christ has done on their behalf! Let’s look at some Biblical passages that speak to perseverance in the Christian life. Let’s start with:

THE TEACHING OF JESUS. John 6:35-40. His promise of being received and resurrected. Notice 3 truths about this promise of Jesus.

1. It is universal. There is not now, nor has there ever been a person who could not spend eternity in heaven if they wanted to. No one is ever too bad for God to save. There is no reason any person can’t be saved; there are only excuses people conjure up. Jesus’ promise is also:

2. It is Unfailing = Remember, when God says, “I will, or I will not” it is absolutely certain. God never, never, makes us guess or wonder what He will do, or how He will respond to His own promises and His own will. Finally, God’s promise

3. Is unique! Here is a truth you apply to many of God’s promises: They are universal invitations with individual applications. Do you see the conditional part here? Whoever and all must accept/believe and act on the invitation. The only way any person can have anything from God is to DO what He tells us we must do!  A true Christian is always looking to and believing in Jesus, no matter when, where, how, or why things happen in daily living, they always continue to look to and believe in Jesus as Savior. It is the continual or persevering way of life that is meant here.

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

Staying Saved (Part 1)

John 6:35-40

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 going to begin to study the doctrine of perseverance! Both OT and NT are saturated with passages that teach our daily lives, day in and day out, reveal the truth of whether or not our salvation is real or fake! As we study this foundational doctrine, it will become evident to you that no one can hide the truth of redemption. It is here Num. 32:23 catches up with the hypocrites, liars, fakes, and wolves in sheep’s clothing and their sin finds them out! Here is the focal question the doctrine of perseverance answers: Listen carefully! Can a true Christian lose their salvation? Key word there being “true!” Here is a question for you; would a true Christian want to lose their salvation? Here is how one theologian defines perseverance: “All those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.”

There are 2 distinct truths of this doctrine. 1st = All those who are truly born again are kept by God’s power. This is God’s part in perseverance. Read 1 Peter 1:3-7. The Holy Spirit actually inspired Paul to write all true Christians are “guarded by God’s power” in v. 3. It means “to guard or watch intensely/closely/attentively! It is used in Scripture when one is guarded as a prisoner, or captive, so they can’t escape, or be lost! The idea is when God is doing the keeping or guarding, loss or escape is impossible. So the assurance to the true Christian is that God makes it His business to guard them, protect them in such a way that they cannot lose their salvation, and will spend eternity with Him in His heaven! The 2nd truth of this doctrine is, All those who are truly born again will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives. Why does a true Christian persevere? Voddie Baucham gives a simple, straight forward answer, that is also a great philosophy for the Christian life. A true Christian understands it clearly. Mr. Baucham says salvation is “What Christ has done on our behalf, to the glory of The Father, through the Cross.” The reason, the real reason a true Christian will persevere in the Christian life as a man or woman of God is because of what Christ has done on their behalf! Let’s look at some Biblical passages that speak to perseverance in the Christian life. Let’s start with:

THE TEACHING OF JESUS. John 6:35-40. His promise of being received and resurrected. Notice 3 truths about this promise of Jesus.

1. It is universal. There is not now, nor has there ever been a person who could not spend eternity in heaven if they wanted to. No one is ever too bad for God to save. There is no reason any person can’t be saved; there are only excuses people conjure up. Jesus’ promise is also:

2. It is Unfailing = Remember, when God says, “I will, or I will not” it is absolutely certain. God never, never, makes us guess or wonder what He will do, or how He will respond to His own promises and His own will. Finally, God’s promise

3. Is unique! Here is a truth you apply to many of God’s promises: They are universal invitations with individual applications. Do you see the conditional part here? Whoever and all must accept/believe and act on the invitation. The only way any person can have anything from God is to DO what He tells us we must do!  A true Christian is always looking to and believing in Jesus, no matter when, where, how, or why things happen in daily living, they always continue to look to and believe in Jesus as Savior. It is the continual or persevering way of life that is meant here.

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