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August 4, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Our advocate: 1John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Most of us, if not all of us, look for companionship. Even the most independent of us find those times in life where we wish we had a friend we could share our intimate feelings with. Or perhaps it’s when tragedy knocks at our door, we are thankful that we have a neighbor who cares. All of us need to know that someone cares. This verse starts off letting the believer know someone cares. Believers are a part of the family of God. We are his dear children and he loves us with an everlasting love. Nothing we can ever do will separate us from the love of God. God has provided us an advocate to go on our behalf before him. We may have been able to hide our sin from our earthly parents, but it is impossible to hide sin from the all-knowing God. How can sinful mankind come before a holy just God? The answer is we cannot be justified before God based on our goodness. The only way we can come before God is through the righteousness of his son Jesus. We can come before God because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We have a friend in Jesus who truly is our advocate.
July 28, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Sin:1John 1:8 ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” John is addressing a deception that was creeping into the early church. Unfortunately, it is a deception that has many fooled today. Do you believe that man is basically good and just needs to tweak a thing or two? Or do you believe that all mankind is tainted by the curse of the fall of Adam and Eve making all of us sinners? It’s been said that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it’s a duck. We Christians need to quit fooling ourselves. What the Bible called sin in the first century is still sin in the 21st century.
Christianity’s message is hope for the hopeless, help for the helpless and forgiveness for the repentant heart. Someone said, the way some people act now days they must think that hell has been air-conditioned. If the pulpits of America continue to take what the Bible clearly calls sin out of their preaching, the truth is not in us. The Bible states that Jesus is truth. The sinless Savior took our sin upon himself on the cross. Jesus, the only sinless God man to walk the face of the earth, paid our sin debt on the cross. If Jesus says it looks like sin, it walks like sin and it talks like sin it’s still sin.
July 21, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Watch your walk: 1John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. The apostle, in the previous verse, declares that God is light and in him there is no darkness. Some people in John’s day were debating what it meant to have fellowship with God. Just as there are those today redefining what it means to walk in the light. Light dispels the darkness. It exposes what darkness hides. If we’re honest with ourselves when we were younger, we did a lot of our mischief at night hoping our parents would never find out. With our changing times, many things that we wanted to keep in the dark we now parade them in the light of day. That saying ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ certainly applies here. From the first century to the 21st century, mankind has been trying to redefine what it means to have fellowship with God. We find his rules to restrictive, so we find ourselves listening to our desires rather than God’s. It started in the garden of Eden when Satan convinced Adam and Eve that God’s ways are too restrictive. Satan convinced them that God’s plan for fellowship was unfair. John is saying you better be careful who you are following. True fellowship with God reveals itself through our walk. We are to be holy as God is holy. Watch your walk. God is!
July 14, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Fellowship: 1John 1:3 “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” John in this passage shares his personal relationship to Jesus. Peter James and John are sometimes referred to as ‘the inner circle’ of Jesus. The things that John was about to share with his fellow believers were to be heeded in order to safeguard their fellowship. People need fellowship. People are looking for relationships that are honest, trustworthy, dependable and that are compatible with their interests. Unfortunately, many people search for fellowship hoping this time it will be different only to be brokenhearted once again. John is saying there is a fellowship that is truly out of this world. The brokenhearted can truly have a joy overflowing in the depths of their soul.
People join fine organizations and clubs of all kinds in the search of fellowship. Some join organizations because the founders of the organization are held in high esteem in their community and it’s good to know the people that are in the know. John is saying the founders of the Fellowship that he is a part of are unequaled in their credentials. The founding Fathers of this fellowship are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The good news is all are invited to join the Fellowship. However, you must come on their terms.
July 7, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Praying for boldness: Eph 6:19-20 “And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains….” The apostle Paul is asking fellow believers to pray that he would have a heaven-sent boldness in sharing the gospel. The word gospel means good news. Good news because our sins can be forgiven, and heaven can be our eternal home. Unfortunately, just as in Paul’s day, most people still reject the Gospel. People did not agree with his message. Therefore, they used the tactic or strategy, if you can’t discredit the message discredit the messenger at any cost. If you can’t silence the message, silence the messenger. The table had turned on Paul. The Hunter became the hunted. He was determined to stamp out Christianity at any cost. However, God had a different plan for Paul’s life. God transformed his life through the gospel by a life changing encounter with Jesus. Paul would end up giving his life for the opportunity to share with others the; sinless life of Jesus, His sacrificial death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. A repentant sinner may spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. I asked the congregation to pray that I would have boldness to share the gospel and the willingness to face the consequences for sharing the truth about sin in a loving way.
June 30, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Independence vs. Dependence: John 8:32 declares you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Verse 36 states; therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Thursday we celebrate Independence Day with wonderful festivities and local traditions. It's also a day to remember the saying; ‘freedom isn't free’! Let’s thank God that there are men and women willing to defend freedom with their very lives, yet today. What greater sacrifice can one be willing to give than to lay down one’s life for his friends?
The Christians’ independence was declared before the foundation of the cosmos was spoken into existence according to the Bible. There was a battle to be fought, in order to redeem the sin sick souls of humanity. There would be a life that had to be given in order to gain the freedom from the grips of sin and death. It would not be an ordinary life. It would be God's only Son Himself and not just giving his life for his friends but, for all mankind because we all are sinners in need of the Savior. Unfortunately, too many people are not willing to give up their independence and become totally dependent upon Jesus. One must be willing to deny self, and take up your cross and follow Him. Jesus requires total dependence not half hearted allegiance. Please don’t let your independence keep you from your heavenly home. Acknowledge your need of the Savior.
June 2, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
God's armor: Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. In this Scripture, there is a description of God's armor using the illustration of what a first century Roman soldier would have worn. The apostle Paul had first-hand information on what a Roman soldier would wear. Many times, he would find himself in prison shackled to a Roman soldier for standing up for his Christian beliefs. He knew, all too well, that without God’s armor believers would be no match for God’s adversary. Just as an earthly government tries to send their soldiers into battle properly protected, so does God.
There are six things that God lists that will enable the believer to withstand any attack from our adversary. We must go into battle with truth fastened around our waste. We must go into battle with holiness or righteousness as a breastplate. We must go into battle knowing it may be difficult, but we are surefooted in the gospel of peace. We must go into battle believing the shield of faith can stop anything the adversary tries to send our way. We must go into battle with the victor’s helmet, knowing that victory is already won. We must go into battle with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. When doing battle for the souls of man, God’s armor will protect you.
~ Pastor Doug Christy
Stewardship 1Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A steward is someone that has been entrusted with another’s property or possessions to manage. Christians are obligated to serve Jesus as his managers here on this earth. Every aspect of the Christian’s life is to bring glory and honor to God, as we have been entrusted with the holy trusteeship of the gospel.
The Christian steward must first understand, God is the creator of everything and everything belongs to him. There is nothing the Christian has that he can truly claim is his. In our humanistic society we tend to place man at the center of the universe and God as being a figment of our imagination. Therefore, to some; Christian stewardship seems cultic. However, for the Christian he has willingly put himself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Everything the believer has is to be used to bring glory to God.
Here are the three T’s of stewardship. The first T is treasure. Some people have the idea that all we do is ask for money. God is not interested in what is his already. He wants your heart. The Scripture says find your treasure and you’ll find your heart. The second T is talent. The believer should be using his talents for the Lord. The third T is time. Christians should use our time wisely