In Psalm 78, the Psalmist exhorts the people to listen to lessons and stories from their past. He goes on to give this instruction in verse 4, "We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about His power and His mighty wonders." If you have been a part of our Beyond Campaign, you have not doubt see God's mighty power at work. Let us be sure to continue praising and thanking God for His goodness, and let us not forget to tell our children and their children of the wonders we have seen!
This week Pastor Shaun is talking a lot about rest. In his sermon he will commend to you Matthew 11:28-30 which states,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Everyone needs rest. We all have different burdens. 2016 may be a difficult year for you. Maybe you’ve lost your job or found out you have cancer. Maybe you lost a loved one. These are all burdens and Christ takes these burdens and gives you rest. The biggest burden we carry is the burden of sin.
Our sin has separated us from God the Father and we are completely incapable to reconcile this fracture. Not only are we incapable of doing it, but we don’t even have the ability to have the desire to be reconciled to God (Romans 3). However, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). This is truly good news. Those who recognize their burden of sin, repent of it and rest in the finished work of Christ will be saved.
Consider this passage Pastor Shaun is preaching on this week and consider whether or not you have entered into the rest that God through Christ offers.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
The word of God is true and it speaks truth about our condition. We are sinners according to Romans 3:10-18. Because God created us and is sovereign over us he knows everything about us including the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. And according to our Hebrews text we will give an account for every thought and deed we have committed. This is a scary place to be, but praise God that he loves us enough to distribute the righteousness of Christ to those who repent of their sin and trust in Him (Romans 3:23-26).
If you are a believer- celebrate the Gospel!
If you are not a Christian- today is the day of salvation. Do not harden your heart.