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Teaser 1 – “One of the saddest things I ever hear Christians say is the expression, “That’s just who I am”… that’s just who you are? … Really? (under breath laugh)… you mean to tell me that the influence of your mom and dad is greater in your life than the influence of the Holy Spirit?”
Teaser 2 – “Friends, if you enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ you need to prepare for the possibility that HE MAY COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR WORLD VIEW… that the convictions and beliefs that you hold dear now may be completely changed because of the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Also, he’ll answer the question, CAN I LOSE MY SALVATION?
[Transcriber’s Note: BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS… we’re in for an exciting ride 🙂 ]
Kirkmont Presbyterian Church
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“Well, as we continue in our sermon series here at Kirkmont… THE SEVEN ESSENTIALS OF THE FAITH. What we’re looking at are those things in our church and our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church… what are those THINGS that we believe the most and hold to be the dearest.
We believe there are core things to the Christian faith and Christian belief, so whether you’ve been here for a long time or just visiting with us and checking out the idea of Kirkmont, or checking out the idea of just CHRISTIANITY, this is a great series for you to be in on and listening to because you’re getting really the CORE, the BASICS… what is the most important stuff that we believe.
And two weeks ago when we talked about this whole idea that we believe in one God, and we said that that one God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And then last week we introduced and talked more about the second person of that Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Son, and discussed the work that Jesus Christ had done.
And primarily what we said about Christ is that He came with an intention; He was here on a mission to die on the cross as a sacrifice for sins.
And now this third week in the 7 ESSENTIALS OF OUR FAITH, this THIRD ESSENTIAL, brings us to the topic of the Holy Spirit.
You know when it comes to the Holy Spirit I found that there are very few churches that get it right (chuckle). When it comes to the Holy Spirit I found there are very few churches that get it right… I mean I’ve been to churches and maybe you’ve been to some of these churches where I mean THEY TALK about the Holy Spirit all the time… everything they do is faithfully Spirit led… and it’s always the “Holy Spirit this..” and “Spirit this..” and I mean IT SOUNDS LIKE if there was ever a church that got the Holy Spirit right it would be that type of a church.
But I’ve often found that those types of churches will often treat the Holy Spirit like the youngest child.
Ya know… I had two older sisters at my household and every time that something went wrong and mom or dad asked about it, my sisters just somehow in perfect unison pointed to me… (Laughter), ya know… “It was clearly his fault”. And there’ve been a number of times I’ve heard preachers BLAME things on the Holy Spirit.
I’ve listened to preachers get up front and in front of everyone say, “Now look, I didn’t prepare for my sermon today at all… I’m just going to trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me”… and I’m thinking, “Where did you get the idea in the Bible that the Holy Spirit’s an excuse for your laziness.
And it happens in music all the time… people blame the Holy Spirit on music. I’ve sat and listened with Praise Teams where the person singing harmony was singing louder than the melody and I thought, “Now look, we need to correct this… ya know, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be”… and they’ll say, “Well sorry pastor, I just gotta go with wherever the Holy Spirit is leading me to do”… and I’m thinking, “The Holy Spirit is not a spirit of bad music and chaos and disorder here.
By the way, none of this is at Kirkmont just to clarify (LAUGHTER).
I’ve had music leaders where I’ve tried to sit down and talk with them and say, “Now look, we need to talk about the song selection… ya know”… and they’d say, “Well, ya know, that’s nice pastor but it’s my job and I just gotta choose the songs the Holy Spirit leads me to choose”. And I say, “Well, I hope the Holy Spirit is leading you to another job because ahh… that’s not the way it works” (laughter)
I mean people use the Holy Spirit for an excuse for all kinds of different things. I’ve had people come up to me and say, “Now pastor, I probably shouldn’t share this with you, but the Holy Spirit…” NO HE’S NOT… the Holy Spirit is not a spirit of GOSSIP… right?
I’ve had to tell people, “Look, the Holy Spirit is not telling you to move in with your boyfriend or your girlfriend (laughter)… I mean we blame so many things on the Holy Spirit and some of the most “spirit-filled” churches will do that.
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Now of course there are other churches that seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum where when it comes to the preaching there’s NO ROOM for the Spirit to work at all… ya know. When it comes to the music there’s no room for the Spirit to work at all; I mean there’s no room for the Spirit in DAILY LIFE because it’s “all law” … it’s ALL LAW… ya know it’s all “By the Book” and there’s no room no relationship with the Holy Spirit at all.
And so when it comes to the Holy Spirit it seems like there are so many churches that just haven’t gotten it right.
Well, let’s look together at what our ESSENTIAL says about the Holy Spirit together… will you turn with me to this insert, you’ll see our 7 ESSENTIALS; we’ll flip it over to the backside where we have our Sermon Notes and you’ll see our THIRD ESSENTIAL. Will you join me in reading that and we’ll see what this Essential says that we believe about the Holy Spirit. Will you join me…?
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling in our hearts He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth and seals us for the day of redemption.
Alright… when we think about the ways that Churches mess up the idea of the Holy Spirit what I want you to grasp this morning is that the Holy Spirit in your life ought to play a BIGbut BIBLICAL role in your life… alright.
Not just a BIG role in your life and NOT Biblical… not BIBLICAL but not a big role in your life… but OUR GOAL is to get THE HOLY SPIRIT to play a BIG and BIBLICAL role in your life. And this essential here teaches us that it can do that through THREE MAIN THINGS. This essential teaches us that the Holy Spirit plays a role in your life in:
1. SALVATION… in
2. SANCTIFICATION… and in the
3. SECURITY of our salvation
And if those terms are sort of unfamiliar to you that’s OK… we’re going to sort of address them as we walk through these 3 things together in this essential… and we’re going to spend more time on the first, less on the second, and even less on the third… so don’t panic. If my sermon goes a little long today, it’s obviously just because the Holy Spirit led me to do that (LAUGHTER)… is that hypocritical? … I think that is, I think that’s hypocritical… that’s right… OK.
SALVATION… the Holy Spirit’s role in salvation. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SALVATION?
What we mean is that we’re looking for a certain place in time in someone’s life maybe where they come to a point where they realize they are a sinner before God and they recognize that Jesus is the one who paid the punishment for their sin, and they TRUST IN JESUS for their forgiveness of sins and enter into a relationship with Him.
And what we’re saying is that the Holy Spirit plays a role in us coming to that point in our life. The language it uses in the Essential is that it came to glorify Christ and… ‘BY’, I would say… applying the saving work of Christ to our hearts.
So the Holy Spirit takes what Christ did some 2000 years ago and APPLIES it to our lives… makes it a reality in our lives. So the Holy Spirit then comes along and applies what has happened in the past. The Bible speaks of our Salvation as something that happened in the past tense.
In Romans chapter 5, verse 1 the Scripture tells us this,
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
… since we HAVE_BEEN_JUSTIFIED.
In Romans chapter 5, verse 9 later it tells us this,
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
See when we LOOK at what Jesus Christ did on the Cross we have to embrace the idea that what Christ did was NOT make our Salvation possible, but HE ACCOMPLISHED OUR SALVATION and it’s a thing of the past–it’s already happened, it’s BEEN DONE by Christ.
Now if you think that maybe that’s a little too ambiguous I would argue that the Bible goes even beyond Jesus 2000 years ago to where our Salvation was found BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME…
In Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10 the Scripture tells us this…
For we are God’s handiwork (workmanship), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Now you might think, ‘Well that’s a little vague… how far back is that going?’
Well let’s go to 2nd Timothy chapter 1 verse 9; the Scripture tells us this about our Salvation being a thing of the past…
He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
And so what the Bible is trying to do is tell us that our Salvation is the eternal decree of the Heavenly Father, before the beginning of time. It is ACCOMPLISHED when Jesus the 2nd person of the Trinity shows up and dies on the Cross for our sins… but IT IS MADE REAL in our lives when the Holy Spirit gives us the faith to finally BELIEVE and TRUST in it.
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You know I have a family member who is a wealthy relative… I mean like, they sold their last home to the NBA Legend Larry Bird wealthy… and when I was a little kid they told my parents and some other family members that they’re going to PAY for our college… alright… all the grandkids’ college. And after we all went through college there was a sum of money that would be left over, and when we turn 30, the grandkids would get their portion of that money to use as a down payment towards their house.
So, what happened is that many, many years ago this relative took this money… it was real, it was tangible, it was concrete… they HAD it, they put it in a fund, eventually it was put into MY name, and then EVENTUALLY though it wasn’t actually realized in my life until I reached the age of 30.
In the same way, I think that’s how the Bible describes our salvation: it begins with the Eternal Decree of the Father, Jesus accomplishes it through the cross some 2000 years ago, but there’s a point in time where the HOLY SPIRIT comes along and makes it REAL… like when we turn 30, makes it real in our life. And for some of us it’s when we turn 30; for some of us it’s when we were three; and for some of us it might not be until we’re one hundred and three… but you get the idea — THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES IT A REALITY WHEN GOD SO CHOOSES.
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This by the way of all the things that we’re talking about in this whole list of seven… this whole insert, this by-the-way, this point we’re making is the most controversial point in all of it. If you were to hand this to most of the churches here in Beavercreek, they would all look at it and say, “Yeah, we agree, we agree, we agree, we agree…” but if they heard me saying what I’m saying now, some of them might disagree… alright?
Because most people talk about our salvation as something where the Father sent the Son, Jesus to come and die on the Cross for our Sins some 2000 years ago… it happened, He made our salvation possible and now we tell people about it and people either BELIEVE or DON’T BELIEVE… and they like that, because it’s ‘FAIR’, God did the same thing for all people and now they have to choose whether to accept it or not.
But if you notice, THERE IS NO HOLY SPIRIT in any of that.
What we’re suggesting is that God doesn’t stop with the Cross… that the Holy Spirit then works beyond the Cross and moves and compels and draws some people into a relationship with Him, and others not. And that sounds a little more controversial, but the point is… IS IT BIBLICAL? … And I would suggest, ABSOLUTELY.
The Holy Spirit draws us into a relationship with Jesus in 2 ways:
1. First, He convicts us of our sin, He begins with that and then,
2. He draws us to the Savior.
We have to be convicted of the fact that we are SINNERS, and we need a Savior before we have any interest ‘in‘ a Savior.
And so the first thing the Holy Spirit does to help our Salvation become a reality is that IT CONVICTS US OF OUR SIN. In John 16, verse 7 through 9, the Scripture tells us this,
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate (Counselor) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me;
You see, the Holy Spirit is responsible for working in our life to first bring us to the point where we say, “I need a Savior”.
It’s not just that Jesus died on the Cross 2000 years ago and now we HOPE that some people come to that realization; the only reason they come to that realization is the Holy Spirit leads them to that place.
And people will often ask me when it comes to the Holy Spirit placing some guilt on us, and making us realize that we are guilty… they say, “Well, how do I distinguish between GOD-Guilt and satan-guilt… because I know satan is about guilt as well, and how do I distinguish between those two? … “I FEEL GUILTY?” … is that God or is that the evil one? … and let me just say the guilt that the Holy Spirit produces is the type of guilt that will push you and drive you and draw you to the Savior.
The guilt that satan and the devil produce is the type of guilt that won’t do that.
So if you’re NOT guilty enough, you don’t feel convicted enough that you even NEED a SAVIOR — that’s not the Holy Spirit. BUT… if you feel SO GUILTY that there is NO Savior that can actually save you… THAT’S NOT THE Holy Spirit EITHER.
The guilt from the Holy Spirit is the type of guilt that LEADS YOU to LONG for a Savior and come to Jesus Christ. So then, after having convicted us of our sin, the Holy Spirit draws us to the Savior.
In John 6:43-44 the Scripture tells us this,
“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered (so this is Jesus speaking). “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
And so we have this expression that, “look we have no ability to come to Christ unless we’re DRAWN to Christ; and Jesus doesn’t get super specific there he talks about the Father, but in John 3 I think he shows us the role that the Holy Spirit plays in that.
In John 3 verses 3 through 6… this is our call to worship passage; it’s a wonderful passage. There’s a man named Nicodemus who is a religious leader, a Pharisee; he comes to Jesus, he’s intrigued by Jesus, he wants to talk to him, but he’s not willing to be seen in the daylight with him… he comes to him at night and they begin to have a conversation and Jesus tells him this… he says
“Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
So it’s the Holy Spirit that is in charge of the task of drawing us to God the Father.
Now some of you, I know, I can tell by your eyelids that you’re bored (Laughter)… ahh… “we don’t like theology; we want something practical… well here’s the thing friends… this is incredibly practical.
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If you’re here today and you consider yourself to be a follower of Christ… I guess I’m not that interested whether or not you ever label yourself as an Arminian or Calvinist, or believe in things like predestination or whatever labels of Theology you might have, or whether you even know what they mean.
But I am VERY interested in the idea that when you think of your salvation… you GIVE GOD ALL OF THE CREDIT… not just for what he did 2000 years ago, but for drawing you to Him and helping you believe in that. This Scripture says that you would have never done that unless Christ first worked in you and Holy Spirit first worked in you.
And if you’re here and maybe you consider yourself to be a “seeker” of the whole idea of Jesus, I want to just share this with you, that if YOU’RE interested in the idea of a relationship with Jesus Christ and learning more about Him… there’s a really good chance that the reason you are is because God through the Holy Spirit is working in your life and drawing you to Him.
I want to encourage you to not take that lightly… and to pursue that… because it may very well be God doing a great work in your life. Now some of you are at this stage… I mean all you need to do this morning is to be thinking about Salvation… and that’s where you need to stop.
But some of you are there… you know that’s a reality in your life, but perhaps then you would benefit from the second work of the Holy Spirit and that is THE IDEA OFSANCTIFICATION IN OUR LIVES.
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Again, just like SALVATION we have to understand WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?
In short, sanctification is the whole idea of us becoming more like the character of God… and the Scripture says, the Holy Spirit plays a role in making us more like the Character of God… and it does that by LIVING INSIDE OF US.
In 2nd Timothy, chapter one, verse 14 the Scripture tells us about that. It says,
Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
In 1st Corinthians 6:19 the Scripture says,
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who_is_in_you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
And so the Scripture says that the Holy Spirit LIVES inside of us; and there’s a LOT of people in the church who realize that THEOLOGICALLY, who actually even have that happening in their life… but for the most part it DOESN’T REALLY MEAN ANYTHING FOR THEM… it’s not changing who they are at all; it’s not sanctifying them in any way, and it’s not making an impact in their life.
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Ya know, a couple weeks before my freshman year of high school I had a medical thing happen that almost led to my death… (pause)… I was looking around to see if there were any sad faces out there (Laughter)… a limited number of them (more laughter).
Yeah… one day I woke up I was REALLY sick, and my mom took me to the doctors and he pressed on my stomach and he saw how it released a SHOOTING pain in my body; and he said, “You need to get this kid to the hospital right away… I think he has appendicitis”.
And sure enough we went over to the hospital and after several hours, an overnight visit, they finally came to me in the morning and said, “We believe you have appendicitis, we’ve scheduled you for surgery to get it taken out later today at 4. Well, before 4 o’clock it ruptured while I was in the hospital; and it became a really serious deal and I ended up having to spend 10 days in the hospital and lots of drama and stuff, and you know my health was in the balance because of this ruptured appendix.
But I remember when the doctors came to me that morning and they said, “We’re going to take your appendix out”… my first thought was, “What’s that gonna mean?”… I mean I had no idea what the appendix was but I thought, “Well it’s in your body… if you don’t have it that must mean that’s going to change something.”
So I remember asking, “Well how’s that going to make me different?” … basically the doctor said, “Well, you really don’t need it”… ya know, “you’re not going to be different at all… for the most part”.
And I think in many ways, many of us treat the Holy Spirit like an appendix. Yeah, it’s inside of us, but for the most part it’s of no real value… it’s not really doing anything.
… the Scripture says the Holy Spirit is dwelling inside us to do a mighty and great work in our life. In 1st Thessalonians chapter 5, verse 23 and 24 the Scripture says this,
May God himself, the God of peace, SANCTIFY you (there’s that word again) through and through (it’s like the author’s just trying to find a way to show you the TOTAL TRANSFORMATION that God wants to do through the Holy Spirit inside of you). May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
And then in 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2 verse 13 the Scripture tells us this,
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
So the Holy Spirit is at work inside of us… it’s trying to make us more like the Character of God, and it says one of the ways it does it, it gives us NEW LIFE… it gives us “New Life”… this is a wonderful promise if you think about it.
Some of you are here this morning and… there are aspects of your character that you don’t like… there are ways that you treat your husband or your wife or your children; there are things you do, habits you have, thoughts you entertain that you don’t like, and it’s depressing and it’s frustrating and it’s guilt-ridden and HERE’S HOPE in the midst of this: the Holy Spirit gives us NEW LIFE.
In Galatians chapter 5, I can’t think of a better passage that tells us about this new life. Starting in verse 19 it tells us we have a NATURE–a way that we act naturally, and then it tells us how we can act with the Holy Spirit. It says,
“The acts of the sinful nature, the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.“
Do you see the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your life?
[Transcriber Note: BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT for the following… this is really good!!!]
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One of the saddest things I ever hear Christians say is the expression, “That’s just who I am”… that’s just who you are? … Really? (under breath laugh)… you mean to tell me that the influence of your mom and dad is greater in your life than the influence of the Holy Spirit?
There should be no such thing as a follower of Christ who has the Holy Spirit living inside of them CONCEDING to the idea of “that’s just who they are” and limiting the work of God in their life.
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The Word of God tells us the Holy Spirit not only GIVES US NEW LIFE, but He also IMPARTS GIFTS FOR US. In 1st Corinthians chapter 12, verse 1 the Scripture tells us this,
“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant, uninformed…” moving into verse 7 then the Scripture says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
But what we SEE between that is that the Holy Spirit has the ability to give us Spiritual Gifts it says… and what that means is that when we become a follower of Christ, God gives us a new PURPOSE and new PLAN in our life, and the only way that we can fulfill that purpose is through the power of the Holy Spirit… meaning GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO SOMETHING THAT YOU CANNOT DO APART FROM HIM.
And if you’re NOT doing something that you cannot do apart from Him then you’re falling short of the “call” that He has in your LIFE… you’re not using the Spiritual Gift that God is offering you through the Holy Spirit.
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And finally, HE SANCTIFIES US BY GUIDING US IN TRUTH. In John 16:13 the Scripture says this,
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
And so we see that the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Truth.
Friends, if you enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ you need to prepare for the possibility that HE MAY COMPLETELY TRANSFORM YOUR WORLD VIEW… that the convictions and beliefs that you hold dear now may be completely changed because of the power of the Holy Spirit.
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And finally, the Holy Spirit not only plays a role in our SALVATION, in our SANCTIFICATION, but also THE SECURITY OF OUR SALVATION. In the Essential that we read earlier, it reads this way… It says,
“and it seals us for the Day of Redemption”
This is addressing the question that many people have asked and practically wonder:
CAN I LOSE MY SALVATION?
Is there such a thing as someone who comes into a relationship with Jesus Christ and is truly saved but then somehow messes that up and loses it? And here’s what the Essential says about that. In Ephesians chapter 1 verse 13 and 14 the Scripture is telling us,
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, and then in verse 14 it goes on to say this, who is a deposit then guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
In 2nd Corinthians chapter 1, verse 21 again we see this SEALED language that this essential uses from the Holy Spirit,
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
[TRANSCRIBER JUST SHOUTED “AMEN“, “HALLELUJAH” and cried a few happy tears of joy and thankfulness].
IT SHOCKS ME that with passages this clear there are still so many churches out there wondering WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN LOSE YOUR SALVATION.
In fact there are many, many denominations that make a habit of teaching their people the very OPPOSITE of this essential, the very opposite of the passages that we just read… they are constantly telling people that their salvation is in jeopardy… that they’ve messed up, that they need to come back and start over again… come back to the altar, be re-baptized again, start your relationship with Christ again.. what you’ve done is jeopardizing your standing before God…
And what they are doing is perpetually creating IMMATURE CHRISTIANS… by constantly cutting them off at the knees and making them start over in their relationship with Christ. This used to happen all-of-the-time at Youth Group trips… I would grab up a group of teenagers and we’d head off across the Country to some Youth Conference of some kind, and there’d be a famous speaker, and a rock band of some kind… and the speaker would get up and it’s almost like they were paid based on how many kids they got to come up to the alter…
So they would go on these long rants… about how messed up they’ve been and how much they utterly need to come back to alter and come down the aisle, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior again, and we’ll RE-BAPTIZE you right now…
And I used to get SO frustrated with that because I knew my kids were struggling; I knew like any other Christian they were struggling–they had problems in their life, BUT THEIR SALVATION WAS NOT IN JEOPARDY… and instead of someone telling them “Start Over”, cutting them off at the knees and having them begin again so that THEY WERE PERPETUALLY IMMATURE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST… I wanted someone to say to my kids…
“When you became a follower of Christ… God adopted you into His family; you became His Son, or His Daughter… and when God adopts someone there ARE NO GIVEBACKS. Your Salvation is secure in Jesus Christ… and on that FIRM FOUNDATION leave this place and go FORWARD… not backward. On that firm foundation leave this place and give your WHOLE LIFE over to Christ… surrender the whole thing to Him because your Salvation is secure… leave here withOUT the guilt that satan is forcing [inviting] you to carry around and EMBRACE THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST”.
I wanted someone to teach our kids how to move FORWARD in Christ based on the security of our Salvation.
And… it changes SO MUCH about our relationship with Christ… it changes our attitude about seeing Christ again doesn’t it? … I mean if I asked you, “How would you feel if I told you Jesus was gonna be here in like 30 seconds” ???
Well… first of all that would make me like a cult leader probably (Laughter)… but… how would you FEEL–that’s the bigger issue. And my guess is, a lot of us would have nervousness and anxiety.
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When I was in college, Y2K was happening… ya know, the END OF THE WORLD… and ah everyone else of course goes home for college, but I had to stay on campus because I was working at a local church so I couldn’t go home.
And so I was convinced that I was like the only person in my whole building, big campus, big building and I mean there were a few other people there, but for the most part I was alone.
And the day of New Year’s Eve… umm… I started getting nervous, “What if this is going to be the end of the world?”… So I ran down to the local grocery store and I got a couple jugs of water… ahmm… a couple candles, and umm… I later found out you’re not allowed to burn candles in the Dorm Room (laughter)… and a couple cans of food… and I didn’t have a can open but I just thought, “If I get hungry enough I’ll find a way to get into this food (Laughter).
And so I was going to survive Y2K.
Then I was sittin there thinkin’ I thought, “Ya know, these church folks, a lot of them are saying that this is when Christ is going to come back… and I got NERVOUS… and worried, in a way I want to be a thing of the PAST for me. Because, when I embrace the security of my Salvation, it allows me to say with full confidence, “Even so, come Lord Jesus”… to be excited about the prospect of that.
The practical reality of embracing the Work of the Holy Spirit and the security of our Salvation changes the way we view our life and the way we view all of eternity with Christ coming back again.
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Well, let’s pray… I invite our praise team to come forward as we prepare to finish with our closing song, and we’ll pray together:
Father God I thank you for our time together this morning… we thank You for the Work and this Teaching of the Holy Spirit; as Jesus said, “You have not left us orphaned or abandoned, but you have given us The Spirit… the Spirit of Truth which promises to guide and direct our life; we thank you for the Holy Spirit and the role that it played in our Salvation… and many of us, maybe for the very first time will acknowledge before You that we get no credit for that at all, but that you did all the Work… you brought us all the way to Christ and we thank you for that.
And we pray that as we leave this place our lives would be Spirit-led our church would be Spirit-led, that the role of the Holy Spirit would be BIG but BIBLICAL as well… and we ask these things in Christ’s Name… Amen !!!
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