Posts Tagged ‘Creator’

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May Newsletter Article from the Pastor

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dear Faith Family,

I’m a man filled with hate. I hate the sins that seem to be unshakeable in my life. I hate that I seem to always do the things that I don’t want to do. And I don’t seem to do the things I really want to do. I hate that I am unable to be the husband I want to be for my wife. I hate that I am unable to be the pastor that I want to be for my faith family. And I hate that I can never really be the lover of my God and Savior that I know I need to be.

It seems to come so easy for some people, but it isn’t easy for me. Maybe you know the frustration I feel. Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to live a life of worship if that’s what we were created to live? Do you ever get so frustrated with your sin that you want to scream and curse yourself for your continual failures? I do. It seems the more I try to live right for God, the more I fall on my face in utter failure and despair.

Recently, God’s been working within me to show me a few things that I hope will be as helpful to you as they have been to me.

I’ve come to understand that the temptations we face and the sins we struggle with are not simply a judgment from God. Of course sometimes we do receive the punishment we are due for going against our creator, but that is not the only reason we face temptations in our lives.

Our Father loves us. And because He loves us, he sometimes allows us to be tempted for a purpose. The Bible is clear that He is not the one tempting us, but He does allow us to be tempted.  He doesn’t allow temptation just to test us to see if we will love Him more or to see if we will be able to overcome sin by our own will power.

I believe one of the main reasons He allows us to be tempted is to drive us into His loving arms. You see we will never be strong enough in our own power to avoid the temptations and sins that we face every day. God does command us to be holy, but we are unable to work hard enough to beat the sin that so easily entangles us.

When we are tempted, it is God’s desire that we would humble ourselves and fall at His feet asking Him to deliver us from the temptation to sin against Him. He isn’t looking for us to try and defeat sin in our own power. He wants us to realize our dependence on Him and ask Him, our Father, to deliver us from our sin and even from ourselves. He wants us to tap into the power of the gospel by depending on Him, not ourselves.

The Christian life isn’t about us striving harder to be better people. It’s about us realizing we can’t will ourselves into perfection. It’s about us realizing we were not created to live under our own power, but we were created to embrace the One who holds all power over sin. We were created to be loved by God in order that we might then love Him back because of what He has done for us in Christ Jesus, His Son. When we love God and wholly depend on Him for deliverance from our sinfulness, we are finally living life the way it was originally intended. It’s not about us working harder to win the war. It’s about us depending on God and resting in the love He has shown us by winning the war for us through Jesus going to the cross in our place.

So the next time you are tempted to sin, don’t rely on your own strength. We aren’t strong enough…and that’s ok. God is strong enough and He simply wants to love us and deliver us as any good Father wants to do for His children…so let Him. Don’t try to take it all on yourselves. Instead, turn toward God and fall into His embrace, allowing Him to love you and deliver you. For this is why He has created us…to show us the love of a perfect Father.

Your fellow failure,
Thomas

THE GOSPEL – Our Message for the Mission part 1: GOD

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Our Mission is to glorify God through lives changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This mission has many facets, but the foundation of the mission is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the rock upon which His church is built, the cornerstone of our knowledge of God and our faith in God. The Great Commission found in the last few verses of Matthew 28 was Jesus’ mission for His church. The way we are to accomplish this mission is to proclaim the truth about Jesus to all the nations, making disciples of them, baptizing them, and teaching them all that Jesus has commanded of us. This message is what we are studying in this four week series, THE GOSPEL. This week we are talking about part one: GOD.

THE GOSPEL
The Message of the Mission Part 3: JESUS

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A. W. Tozer

1. God is the Creator.
A. The gospel is God’s response to the bad news of sin.
B. Sin is a person’s rejection of God’s Creator-rights over him.

2. God is the Holy One.
A. God is transcendent above His creation.
B. God is transcendent above His creation’s corruption.

3. God is the Righteous Judge.
A. God’s love and justice are inseparable.
B. God’s righteousness and justice are the source of His love and faithfulness.

4. God is the Sovereign King.
A. He is the Ruler over all.
B. He is the Giver of all things.

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THE CORE: Worship (Hebrews 13:15-17)

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Our latest sermon series is based on our Core Values. Each week we will be covering one of our church’s five core values. This week we are talking about worship. Unlike what most people think when they hear the word worship, it is not simply what we do when we sing songs about God. We are born worshipping. We are either worshipping someone or something or we are worshipping our Creator. This week we are going to try and understand what worship is and how we can align our hearts and minds to make sure we worship the only one who deserves to be worshipped…our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Here’s a short outline with a link to the sermon below, or if you have iTunes, you can go to our page there and subscribe to our podcast.

THE CORE: Worship
Hebrews 13:15-17

I. We Are Created Worshipping

1. Worship is honoring someone or something: glory.
2. Worship is something we do: sacrifice.
Our lives are about not doing some things so we can find time or money to do things more important to us.

II. We Have a Worship Problem

1. Sin is making something else more central to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship with God.
2. Whatever we base our identity and value on becomes deified.
3. The root of the problem is always that you are worshipping something or someone over God.
4. We must constantly seek and smash our idols!

III. The Essentials of Biblical Worship

1. Praise
2. Proclamation: lips that confess Jesus’ name
3. Service: doing good as a demonstration of the gospel
4. Participation: sharing with others as a demonstration of grace
5. Sacrifice: giving of time, talent, and treasure
6. Submission: respecting godly authority placed over us

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