Thought for the week.
" But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2Pet. 3:18
Be a Five-Star Christian:
A great church is made up of strong Christians. Strong Christians don't just happen by chance. It takes a strong love for God and a servants heart.
1) Read God’s Word
The Bible says, "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Reading the Bible is vital to the Christian life. As we read the Bible, we should search the Scriptures, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Also, set a goal to memorize Scripture and meditate on the Word of God. In our personal lives and with our families each day, we need to be reading the Word of God.
We believe that God hears and answers prayer. There is no doubt about it, the greatest untapped resource in the Christian life is the matter of prayer. Pray each day. Pray for loved ones. Pray for church leaders and their families. Pray for your church. Pray for our country. Pray for the lost. Establish a prayer list. Pray.
3) Attend Church Faithfully
The Lord Jesus Christ deserves your faithfulness. Attend every service of the church. A great deal of the strength of the church is based on the faithfulness of the people. Support special meetings at the church with your faithful attendance.
God’s work is to be supported God’s way. The Bible teaches that we should pay the tithe and give our offerings. Bring the Lord's tithe with you to church each Sunday. Support the ministries of the church with offerings. By faith give to worldwide missions. We cannot out give God.
5) Witness to the Lost
Our Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. He left us on earth to tell others about the Savior. Determine to bring others to the Savior. Work to bring other families to Christ and to the church. Set a time to go. Make a list of names and addresses of people you want to reach for Christ.
Determine to Be a Five-Star Christian
"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalm 12: verse 6-7
My thoughts go back to 1974 when I sat in my Pastor's office and he imparted wisdom to me as I prepared for Bible College. He spoke so serious and I will never forget the first point he gave me. He said, "Bro. Carl, always remember that there is only one Bible." I was so confused. I thought to myself, Yes, there is only one Bible. The Holy Bible! Little did I know that there were hundreds of so called bibles with thousands of professing Christians who didn't believe God could give us His Word today. Thousands say they are Bible believers yet they use a multitude of different "translations". Most of the time they use whichever translation sounds good or matches what they want to say or teach. They will tell you that they believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures, the “originals”, none of which they, nor any other man alive has ever seen. Most Christian's don’t know that man only possesses copies of copies of manuscripts. As a matter of fact, there are thousands of copies of copies of manuscripts. Oh my! What are we to do? Where is the Holy Bible? How do I get one? Do we go with the flow of modern scholarship which says, “I believe this is a good translation” only to be told days, weeks, or months later that there are many “good reliable translations”. That's what we call "have it your own way philosophy!" Do we reject God’s promises of inspiration and PRESERVATION? When my Pastor told me that there were hundreds of different bibles (they are not really bibles) I was gob smacked! How can that be? Then I remembered Genesis 3 where in the garden Satan first tempted man. How did he do it? He added too and changed God’s Word? Do you remember in Matthew 4 when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil? Again we see Satan’s oldest trick; that of changing, questioning, adding to God’s Word. The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthian Christians not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. One of which was to “corrupt” the word of God. See 2 Corinthians 2:11-12 Another device mentioned by Paul was the “handling the word of God deceitfully”. 2 Corinthians 4:2-4. That’s what Bible producers do! They just want to make more money. That’s what the revision committees do! They don’t believe God is able to preserve His Word. Do we have the Word of God today? Yes we do! It has stood supreme for over 400 years. I’ll finish with another great truth my Pastor told me. The biggest battle of our age is that of authority. In the home, schools, and workplace "who" has the final authority? Who can say absolutely what is right and wrong? The book of Judges ends with a verse of Scripture every Christian should take heed of. “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25. That’s where we are today! Do we as Christians have an absolute authority? Yes! It is God’s Word! That word is preserved to us in the AV 1611 King James Bible. Christians say, “Do you really believe that mortal man can give us a book that’s perfect?” With God it is possible. I guess it depends on how big your God is. Notice 1 Thessalonians 2:13 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” Do you believe?