I just want to share a couple of things with you today that are REALLY important. The first comes from Sunday and is a reminder that superheroes rescue people! That makes Jesus our ultimate superhero because He rescued us from sin and death! I want to remind you to CELEBRATE the fact if you are in Christ YOU’VE BEEN RESCUED! We don’t overcome because we try harder to defeat sin. Sin was defeated on the cross! We overcome through our faith in Jesus and His completed work! Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith! Remember…He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it! I would encourage you to memorize Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
Paul doesn’t tell us to focus on our shortcomings because our shortcomings have been overcome by Jesus! He tells us to focus on where we are going and not where we have been!
- Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy! Think about the truth of who God says you are! (His child and a saint because of the righteousness you receive in Jesus!)
- Don’t focus on all that’s not right! Focus on all that God has done right and rejoice that if He’s brought you this far He’ll finish the journey with you!
- Don’t focus on impure thoughts! Take them captive and focus on the purity of God’s love!
Change your focus and you’ll change your direction! Also, remember the example of Moses and the fact that rescued people rescue people! I guess that makes you a superhero?!! Just don’t show up at church in tights and a cape!
The second thing I want to share with you is really a reminder. Don’t forget that on the 29th (That’s two Sundays from now) we will NOT be having our regular service because we will be going into the community to help those in need! IT’S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE! We are expecting a huge turnout and an even bigger impact for Jesus on the community! We will be tackling a wide variety of projects so there will be something for everyone to do including the children. We WILL NOT be a church that sits comfortably within its walls and waits for the world to come to us! We are going to go to the world! Make plans to be at the high school about 8:45 AM that morning. We will divide up and head out to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
I say this every week but I want those of you who are investing and inviting people to church and a relationship with God to understand the impact you are making as a church and as the Body of Christ. I want those of you who are serving and encouraging others to take their next steps of faith to realize you are making a difference in the eternal life of the people around you! This week we saw 5 more people go from death to life! GOD DID THAT THROUGH YOU! Remember that from the parking lot to the preaching we are proclaiming the same message…death to life in Jesus Christ!
Love you guys!