The life of Noah is not necessarily one to emulate. He lived during a very awful period in time. Can you imagine everyone living to only please themselves? Can you imagine a time of extreme violence and depravity that would cause God to have a grieving heart? We live in a difficult time today too, so what is the solution? Do we need to all go out and work for our salvation? NO, not a chance. Jesus did the work for us. Jesus died so we could be saved. We need to obey the call of God the Father, and work a little bit with our faith, so that God’s blessing on his people might come through our obedience. Join us as we continue to look at characters of the faith in Hebrews 11.
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Sometimes we get confused in our faith with God. Once in a while we lose perspective, and forget that God did all the work for our faith. Remember; our job is to be transformed through the work of Christ, not the work we do to make God happy. Paul the Apostle taught us that his calling was to glorify God and share the Good News of the Gospel, in spite of himself. Follow along with us as we see God’s role in our character development; being before doing.
The Jews demanded that the new Gentile converts to Christianity go through ritual circumcision, and follow the laws of Moses in order to receive faith and be welcomed in. Paul & Barnabas travel to Jerusalem to meet with the Apostles and church counsel to decide what was best. They wrote a letter saying they would do well to abstain from certain things, but circumcision was no longer required for faith. What kind of rules do we place on people before they come to faith today? What sort of expectations do we demand before someone can join our faith fellowship in 2017? Do your rules keep people out, or let people in? How do you show grace to your neighbor and shine the light of Christ?
This is one of the most famous chapters in the book of Acts. The terrorist, Saul, was still breathing murderous threats to the Church when the Lord Jesus, himself, knocked Saul off his personal mission. When the Lord got ahold of Saul, it took some “not-so-famous” people to rally around him and get him on the right mission. Today we talk about Ananias, Barnabas, the Widows and even Simon the tanner. These kind of “B-Team” players, are people like you and me, who play a role in the shaping of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
When the early church faced persecution, they were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Once scattered, the church began preaching the gospel of Jesus and the church began to expand. Often, when we go through something difficult in life, we tend to think God has forgotten about us, or that God isn’t paying attention. What would happen if we changed our perspective about bad things and said, “God has a better plan in mind than I do.”? No matter the difficulties we face, we are challenged to preach the word of God wherever we go. Are you up for the challenge?
Sometimes Christians can clip the wings of the Wild Goose (Holy Spirit) and limit God’s work in the world through our disobedience to Him. When was the last time you responded well to the prompting of the Holy Spirit?