Archive for April, 2010

April 29, 2010

Belief vs Unbelief

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April 29, 2010

Thoughts for Sunday Care Team for 5.2.10

April 15, 2010

Jesus and…

Romans 10:9-11 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Jesus is Lord – That is a confession many of us have made.  That is the confession and the Belief that we are praying for every week at our church.  We are praying for awakening.  We want God to bring an awakening of belief to the people He draws to our church this weekend.

But to pray for God to do that in our church, we need to understand it.  I remember the first time I heard someone teach on the cultural context of “Jesus is Lord.”  I learned that Roman citizens in New Testament days would declare their allegance to Rome by declaring that “Ceasar is Lord.”  Or they would declare loyalty to Roman god’s and goddesses by saying that they were Lord. Christians in this time period who were subjected to Roman rule were being killed because they would not confess that Ceasar was Lord.  The first time I heard that historical context behind this passage,  it strengthened my faith.  It was challenging and empowering to understand that Christians were willing to suffer and die because of their faith that Jesus was Lord.

The more that I have studied this passage and the context behind it, I have come to realize that they weren’t getting killed for just saying Jesus was Lord.  They were suffering and getting killed for not adding Jesus to the list of other gods that were acceptable to worship.  They were getting killed for not worshiping “Jesus and…”

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April 15, 2010

Truth is a Person

I read this devotional from Henry and Richard Blackaby this week.  Powerful truth!

Truth is a Person

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:24-25)

Truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said He was the Truth (John 14:6). That means that you can never know the truth of your circumstances unless you have first heard from Jesus. The disciples thought they were perishing in the storm. They were fishermen who knew the sea and knew what their condition was. They had allowed their circumstances to convince them that the “truth” was their imminent death. But they were wrong. Truth was asleep in the back of their boat!

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