Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

I’ve been listening to the news which is non-stop lately about the Cornavirus.  To be truthful it is scary.  I hear a lot from the scientists and our leaders both at the national level, state and county level.  They have news conferences one after another. But, I find something very important missing.

What about the spiritual side of this?

I’ve read that some think this is brought about by some kind of conspiracy.  I’ve heard some say it is part of a long standing plan to take over the world and control people.

I’ve been thinking is this from God as a judgement on our wicked world?  Or is this from the devil who is trying to mess everyone up and be in control of us completely?  That brings me to this:  No matter what it is, or who caused it, the fact remains that we are in this situation and what we each do is of the utmost importance. We must listen to the authorities and take their advice about social distancing so that the virus may not spread as much. We must take it seriously!

How do we handle this time?

Do we worry and fret about what is going on? Or do we put our trust in God who we all know is ultimately in control of everything.  You see, for a Christian, we can look at this differently than those who don’t know God.  We have an edge.  I’d like to leave you with a couple of scriptures to help during this difficult time.

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We should be concerned and take the steps we need to keep us and our families safe, but we should not be terribly full of fear.  God is still in control and we know of his power and love which we have in us. A sound mind means a disciplined mind.  Discipline is very important especially now. We need to control our minds.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

According to this scripture we do not need to imagine the worst all the time. It says to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  That shows us that we can control our thoughts.  If you take something captive you are in control of it not the other way around.  Think of soldiers when they are captured, who controls them? The one who captured them.  So it is with our thoughts, we can control them.  If it were not true God would not have said this.

What to think about

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God loves us so much He even teaches us what to think about.  Look over this list.  Judge your thoughts at this time by these things: are they true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous, praiseworthy?  If you are worried pray and ask the Lord to help you think on these things instead of the fearful ones.

The most important thing!

Know matter what happens during this unprecedented time the most important thing is to know that you are ready to meet your maker.  What is your spiritual relationship to God? Have you ever admitted that you are a sinner and need to repent which means turn from your sins? Have you ever gone to God and admitted that and asked him to forgive you? He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your and my sins.  God is holy and we can only approach Him through the blood of Christ shed on the cross.  Now is the time to really seriously think about these things.  My friend, there are only two outcomes for everyone in the end. We all die at some point and when we do we either go to Heaven or Hell. And, that is a true fact.  (Think about what is true.)

If you are already a Christian which means Christ follower, then you know whatever happens you will eventually go to Heaven and be blessed beyond belief.  But, if you are not a believer in Christ than your destination is Hell where you will be tormented forever and ever.  Which will you choose?  Today may be the last opportunity you will have.

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:11-13  This week Pastor Ron continues his series in the Gospel of John.  What did Jesus have to say about unbelief?  Listen and find out.

Notes:

D. The Sinner’s Responsibility to Believe (V11-21)    john8_24

1.- Jesus Confronts Unbelief V11-13

a.  You do not accept our testimony

…V11

b.  Earthly analogies have not seemed to help your unbelief…V12

c.  I am the only heavenly source of heavenly truth…V13

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Jesus Confronts Unbelief

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:11-21  This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the Gospel of John. He tackles the issue of what the sinner’s responsibility is in salvation.  This is very important to get right and there are several theories today that only confuse the issue.

Notes:

D.  The Sinner’s Responsibility to Believe (V11-21)

1-  The Main Theme…                                    John 3;16

2-  The Seeming Contradiction…

a.  Isa 10:5-7

b.  Matt 11:27-28

c.  John 6

d.  Acts 2:22-23

e.  Rom 9, 10, 11

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Our Responsibility to Believe

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the Gospel of John.

Notes:

C.  The Spirit’s Work of Regeneration (V4-10)                         john3_7-8text

1-  Nicodemus responds to his need to be born again…V4

2-  Jesus further explains the Doctrine of Regeneration…V5

a.  The second birth is a spiritual birth V5

b.  You cannot get from flesh to Spirit V6

c.  Do not be amazed V7

d.  The analogy of wind V8

3-  Nicodemus reveals his confusion…V9

4-  Jesus challenges his ignorance…V10

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The Spirit’s Work of Regeneration

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:1-3 This week Pastor Ron helps us understand what regeneration actually is, as we continue to look at the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.

john 3;3

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What is Regeneration?

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:1-3   This week Pastor Ron begins a new chapter in the Gospel of John and we study the account of Jesus and Nicodemus.

Notes:

A. The Religious Man’s Greatest Fear (V1-2)     john 3;3

1- Who Nicodemus was…V1

2- What Nicodemus did…V2

B.  The Savior’s Only Answer (V3)

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Christ’s Answer to a Religious Man

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, PA.


This week Pastor Ron continues his series in the Gospel of John.  We learn there are actually two sides of salvation namely the human side and the divine side.  How are these two understood?

Notes: John 1:12-13

c.  A few did receive Him V12-13                       john1_12-13

1- The Human side of Salvation V12

But as many as received Him,

to them He gave the right

to become children of God,

even to those who believe in His name,

2-  The Divine side of Salvation V13

True salvation always involves a spiritual birth…

How that spiritual birth never takes place…

How that spiritual birth always takes place…

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The Two Sides of Salvation

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