In Ephesians 4:11-12, the Bible tells us that “[God] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [spiritual gifts] to equip the saints for the work of ministry,[and] for building up the body of Christ.” He knows we are evil, but he loved and chosen to save us and equip us to build his kingdom. Ultimately the church’s biggest problem is that God has not completed the sanctification process in the members of her body. However, God is sovereign and in his perfect plan, he is perfecting her completely.
He is so holy and so awesome that being in His everlasting presence brings an inspiring fear.” (CARM) As this CARM states, God is so amazing and so powerful. He is not there to intimidate Christians but instead inspire them to follow him and live after the life that he had laid out for all Christians. “Dis•ci•pline: control that is gained by req... ... middle of paper ... ...ighty ways of forgiveness, it is just that person’ job to decide which road to take. God forgives all of his children no matter what they have done in the past, are doing now, or will do in the future. God also asks all of his followers to forgive other because he has forgiven them.
I can have a quick sense of accomplishment, whether or not I've accomplished what the Lord desires. While I intellectually agree that I cannot do anything without the power of Christ, and while I acknowledge that His power is released through believing prayer, I pray very inconsistently, especially about the ministry itself. I pray under the pressure of no other option. When all the best advice of leadership books and seminary classes have not worked, then I pour out my heart in prayer, see good results, but soon forget the way they were granted. When conflicts arise in the church and my best counseling skills give no relief, I pray, and God answers.
By this estimation, it would be impossible for any of us to make it back to Him on our own; we would all fall painfully short of the mark of perfection that qualifies men for Heaven. But our God is also a God of mercy. This does not mean that justice can simply be forgone or ignored; the price of mankind’s sins must be paid. Jesus Christ satisfied these demands of justice, when he suffered for the sins of the world. But the Savior also fulfills the cause of mercy each day as he extends his infinite Atonement to us.
They would rather have faith and hope than riches and material things. Another song would be Why We Sing is about someone who puts their faith in God and they feel as nothing can go wrong with God behind them. Those two songs stuck out to me the most because they each represent a side of me as a follower of God. I truly believe that without the help God and using his judgment we would all truly be lost individuals or sinners even more than we are. The so... ... middle of paper ... ...all completely different individuals and go through different struggles, but if you follow God an listen to his word you will not lose.
God will draw people Himself, but it is my job to make sure that I lift up God before other people. Using the chapters from the course is a great way to overcome my own personal fears about evangelism, they are a great tool for me to look back on when I need an extra push to lead someone to fait... ... middle of paper ... ..."For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel. "—1 Corinthians 9:16 I finally believe, that even the worst of people can truly be changed by the good news that is the Gospel. The best person to show this is Paul, having one of the worst and most exceedingly sinful people completely worked over by Jesus speaking from heaven. He completely changed his life when he heard Jesus’ words, so who is to say that we, as Christians, can’t change the life of a modern day Paul, simply by sharing the word of God.
As Christians we need to love and trust Jesus in every way so that we can deny ourselves, while still finding value in ourselves, and let the Holy Spirit work through us in every circumstance. Emotions are, and should be, in every part of our life. We would be lost without happiness, sadness, anger, or even silliness. John reminds us that, “We love because God first loved us. (1 Jn 4:19)” Love is a grand topic, there are many definitions for the word, and yet they are all right.
I told him Jesus was sent here to save us from ourselves and everything bad we have ever done. The conversation led to me telling him that he was loved by God and could be forgiven for anything he had ever done wrong. I still remember what he said; “ Wow that is crazy!” I realized what it was to impact people for the Kingdom of God. I was able to plant a seed for God in a place I had never even wanted to
We should pray because God calls on us to be faithful and obedient to him. Sometimes we pray to God without even realizing it. There are so many things in this world that connect us to God that we don’t even know about. The spreading of good news is what we do when we share the good that Christ has done for us. It is a personal calling for each person to gladly accept him from an eternity in hell and to show that he cares for us by rescuing us from Satan’s corruptions.
As Christians, we must understand suffering is a part of our design and without it there will be no growth in our love for Christ. I believe we will become stagnate in our faith if not challenged; therefore, the only way to love God is to trust in him during our darkest hours. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV). And how can we inject hope into the life of someone undergoing incredible