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Gospel Edges: Life is Precious

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and over the next two weeks we are going to address two issues that God’s Word speaks to directly: pre-born children and racism. The fact that we need to be intentional about remembering that life is a precious gift from God demonstrates the depravity of our culture. As a church we must realize and really put into practice the truth that the gospel touches everything; your personal life, your public life, who you vote for, your work ethic, your marriage, your singleness, your parenting, your money, your speech, your friendships, everything. You can’t clench your fist to the Creator of the Cosmos and you will be held accountable for how you live in response to the gospel. This week we will briefly examine how the gospel should shape our commitment to our pre-born children. Psalm 139:13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” God alone declares when a person is born and when a person dies. The abortion industry, and those who support it, arrogantly assume the role of God in the taking of human life. As a Christian you have responsibility in this. You cannot be silent, as silence is affirmation. There are several practical things you can do right here in our own community to tangibly care about this significant issue. First, pray for women facing unplanned pregnancy. Pray for their families and circumstances. Pray for the gospel to penetrate their heart and mind. Pray that they will see how precious life is and pray they find our local pregnancy center, Care Net Peninsula. Next, you can support Care Net Peninsula ( directly. This organization is on the front lines every day loving women and families in a crisis pregnancy. Next, vote only for candidates who are strongly pro-life, not just ones who claim to be pro-life. Examine their policies and their track record. Finally, Coastal must strive to be a place that is safe for post- abortive women and families seeking forgiveness in Christ. Be quick to offer counsel and the gospel to women and families who have aborted their children. Remember to forgive as you have been forgiven (Ephesians 4:32). We cannot ignore or be silent about this issue because the Scripture is not silent- get involved.


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The Local Church: A Means of Grace

An important part in the process of being a faithful disciple is community. It can be so easy to default to living a life in isolation. However, God has sovereignly and graciously given us one another as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in ensuring one another's perseverance in the faith. This is not communal salvation, but a means God has given his church to edify one another in the faith.  God has ordained that disciples be made and nurtured in biblical community. The local church is that place of community and the evidence of this is demonstrated all throughout the Scriptures.  Consider the charge of the Hebraic author in Hebrews 3:12-14, “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”  This command here is directed toward Christians.  How do we truly know this side of eternity, the authenticity of someone’s faith? The answer is by their perseverance in the faith. Did this person persevere in their faith to the end? The Hebraic author solidifies this:  Disciples must guard themselves from an “evil unbelieving heart” that is created, nourished and hardened by the “deceitfulness of sin”.  Commit this year to hold each other accountable to the implications of our profession. Confront sin boldly, out of love, and quickly remind the person to your right and left of the precious gift that is Christ, our Savior.

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