In the 21st Century, security affects everyone. We hear about safeguards ranging from Home Land Security to keep our country safe to home security to protect us and our property, and every sort of security in between. Of course this refers to our physical security. Even with the best types of security that are available, there are breaches that result in property loss and death.
What about our Eternal Security? What is The Lord doing to keep us safe and insure that we will spend eternity with Him? Yes He does help physically, yet we have spiritual assurance of our future with Him.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Scripture tells us that when we believe in Jesus as our Savior, eternal life begins. The definition of eternal is "lasting or existing forever". When something lasts forever, it cannot be stopped.
1 John 1:2 The life was manifested and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us. John continues to let us know that those of us who have accepted Jesus' gift of salvation, are assured that eternal life is in us while we are still alive.
John 10:28-29 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.
Jesus reassures us that when we receive the Holy Spirit, we can rely on Jesus promise to keep us as His absolute possession. What better reassurance can a believer have than to know how God keeps us close to Him.
We often think of this doctrine as "Once Saved Always Saved". This is a truth that gives those of us, who are believers, absolute assurance that we can depend on spending our future with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Deacons hosted the Widow/Widowers of the church for the 2018 Christmas Dinner last night.
See below for some photos of our fun evening!
May 23 - Senior Adult Lunch
Carolina Family Restaurant
June 20 - Senior Adult Lunch
When I hear the word stewardship, the first thing that comes to mind is money, and the best way to use the money that I have. The dictionary defines stewardship as the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving. Apparently the word includes more than just my thought of money. Yet for the purpose of this writing, I believe that I will stick to the Lord's thoughts on giving and sharing.
Malachi 3:10 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it."
Giving to the Lord is not a new idea. The concept of returning a portion of what the Lord provided in the form of a tithe has its roots in the Old Testament.
Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord.
Not only should be we willing to give to the Lord, yet we should also understand that the tithe belongs to our God and as such He expects to receive it. In 2019, He receives it through His Church.
Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
Jesus made it clear, that with His coming, God's expectation to receive the tithe did not change.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Giving should be done with great joy, from the heart, knowing that God wants your giving to be with an attitude of worship. The dictionary defines the tithe as 10%. God gives to us freely and only expects to receive 1/10th of what He has given us. When given with the right attitude, tithing does not become a burden.
1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Stewardship also includes ministering to others. This ministering can be done through the Church or as Peter says, "minister to one another". From time to time, you will encounter someone needing financial help, a visit during sickness or some other need. We have a responsibility to extend our stewardship to that person also. The Lord may have put that person in our lives because He gave us the time and resources to be His ambassador to a Christian brother or sister in need.