So if I were to ask the question, what are the important things in the life of a believer, what would you say?
Is it the church that they go to?
Is it the type of worship service they have on Sunday mornings? Whether it is contemporary in style or traditional? Does the preacher teach the whole word of God vs. just the gospels?
Is it the witness the believer has before the world, is that important to you? What about how they live before their brothers and sisters in Christ?
What if I were to change the questions and ask what are the things that Christ would judge as important in the life of the believer, would they be the same things? Are the things you have done in your life, worthy of being judged by Christ? Would they be considered important to Christ?
The fact is that we as Christians cannot live our lives apart from Christ. Whether you live, you will have to live to Him; whether you die, you will have to die to Him. To live to Christ means that it is how Christ looks at our lives that is most important to how we live. What is important to Christ is what should be important to us, and nothing else. Our Christian conduct is not gauged by the foods spread out on the table, but by the fact that our lives are spread out before Christ. That is the important thing.
All of these differences of opinions on debatable things, which seem so important to us now, will fade into insignificance when death enters the picture. There are those who doubt the Lordship of Christ before they die, but beyond the grave the Lordship of Christ will not be in debate at all.
As a believer, Christ will judge the things we have done and give us rewards or loss, and as believers, it will be our greatest joy to cast the crowns of our rewards at the Lord’s feet. Paul’s message to us is that if every believer maintains in his own life the Lordship of Christ, if it is Christ that we look to for approval, and not man, then true unity will not be impossible, in fact, it will happen without us even having to worry about it.
Where can you find real truth?
What are the absolute truths about right and wrong, good and evil?
The educational system and the liberal media would tell you that they are anything you want them to be, that there are no absolute truths about right and wrong. But they are deceiving you. People have been searching for the answers to these questions since the beginning of time.
They have tried atheism. Atheism teaches that all of this marvelous creation was just an accident, a random chance event. There is no truth to be found in atheism.
They have tried philosophy. Philosophy can teach you more and more about nothing, but there is no real truth to be found in philosophy.
They have tried false religions. Satan absolutely loves false religion. He is the master at making people believe just about anything you can imagine. He would tell you that salvation can be found in ritual, ceremony, good works, and membership in a church. Yet, there is no truth to be found in false religion.
So where can you turn to find truths in a dark and blinded world?
In the light that is Jesus Christ. He alone has the words of eternal life, the truth about right and wrong, love and grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Listen and rejoice as Paul describes how Satan has blinded the world to the light that is Jesus Christ in this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 4:3-6.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of grace. It is unique from the religions of the world in that it does not require a person to live by a set of rules to obtain salvation.
When other religions say do this, Christ says done.
Christ has already done all of the work for your salvation. All you have to do is call upon the name of Lord Jesus Christ and accept the salvation that He has provided. This is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ that is preached by every Christian in the way they live their lives and the words that they say.
Rejoice as Paul tells us about God's grace and our release from the legalist's rules and rituals in this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 3:17-4:2
Many Christians see nothing wrong with reading a daily horoscope, attending séances, and playing games that reach out to the spiritual world. They see them as just harmless fun.
In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 10:15-33, Paul discusses the wisdom of the Christian being separated from the evil things of the world.
He gives us practical examples of how to apply this principle of separation in our daily lives.
Does God's Word have examples that we can learn from? Examples of people who have tried to live a victorious Christian life and either failed or succeeded? Yes it does. They are in both the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible, and they provide us with detailed instructions on living our lives in a way that would be pleasing to God. In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 10:1-9, Paul presents a series of examples to the Corinthians to help him explain the consequences of the choices they have been making in how they conduct their daily lives.
Have you ever asked yourself why anyone would want to be a pastor, preacher, minister, or missionary?
What drives him to want to be a preacher of the gospel message of Jesus Christ?
For that matter what drives any Christian to want to be a soul winner for Christ?
Well, this is what Paul addresses in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 9:10-27. He is going to tell us what motivates him to be an apostle for Christ, and he tells us what should be your motivation as a Christian worker as well.
In this lesson Paul is going to talk specifically about his rights, or his liberty, as an apostle, and those of the ministers that do the work of the Lord in obedience to their calling.
Certainly the liberty of an apostle was great. He could choose to do many things, but he also was held to a very high standard as he interacted to the world around him.
He had the power to win large numbers of people to Christ, and he also had the power to drive them away. He would willingly choose to limit his liberty in order to make sure God's message was understood. Paul would do nothing that would cause one of his flock to turn away from God.
This is a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 9:1-9.