June 2, 2019
In today’s sermon, Jesus focused on the immediate events surrounding His Second Coming. The primary event that He emphasized was the final judgment. Jesus is going to judge everyone who has ever lived that judgment will be ultimate.
At the judgment, you are in one of two groups. You are either called a sheep, and in that group because of the grace of God, or you are called a goat, and in that group because you are cursed for your rejection of God. The evidence that shows which group you are in is the way in which you treat others – your works.
It should be very obvious that we who claim the name of Christian should be marked by good works. We simply MUST have the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) as an active part of our lives. If we do not have these marks of the Christian, then we had better examine ourselves to see whether we really are Christian. In John, Jesus says, “By this will all men know that you are my disciples: by your love for one another.”
As you think through the sermon this week, look for evidence of the Spirit’s work in your life in how you serve others.
May 26, 2019
In this week’s message, we looked at the parable from Matthew 25 about the master who went away and left some of his possessions with his servants to manage. The master represented Christ and the servants represented professed believers.
One of the lessons we drew from this parable was that we have each been given a variety of opportunities to serve God in His kingdom for the sake of His glory. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “what are we doing with what God has given us?” Are we investing in things that have eternal impact? Are we seeking to display our love for God by our sacrificial service of our fellow church members?
The challenge to us if we want to be “good and faithful servants” is to look outside of ourselves, consider others to be more important than us, and give of our time, abilities and possessions (all temporal things) in order to help others on their spiritual journey. What are you doing and how can we help?