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A Word from Pastor John
Idols and idolatry is something that we are constantly dealing with.
The book of Deuteronomy tells us this:
"Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him."
There are five key action words in this verse: serve, fear, obey, listen, and cling. These action words should describe and encompass the ongoing relationship that we have with God.
But how often do we get carried away serving our own interests, or fearing something we see on the news, or disobeying God's word? Are we seeking to listen to God and cling to his word?
It has been said, whatever takes God's place in our life, becomes an idol for us. And we deal with worshiping false idols just as God's people dealt with it back in the Old Testament.
May we examine our hearts, may we examine our lives, and may we allow the Holy Spirit to rid us of all idolatry day after day. Knowing that nothing compares to the true peace and true joy of making God the true Lord of our lives.
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Reflections on Sermon 14: “The Repentance of Believers”
“Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” —Mark 1:15, KJV
My wife and I serve as pastors to an Asian Indian ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In our ministry, we find frequent opportunities to interact with others and discuss our faith in Jesus with our non-Christian student friends on the college campus of the University of Texas. Most of these friends are Hindus. Normally, we share our Christian faith and the importance of repentance; they talk about their faith as well. The Hindu concept of repentance, which is called Prayascitta, involves accepting responsibility for the errors and misdeeds they perform in this life. They believe that by performing certain acts of atonement, they have figured out a way to undo their wrongs.
There is a vast difference between Hindu repentance and Christian repentance. In Wesley’s sermon, “The Repentance of Believers,” he explains repentance in a sensible way. Wesley’s emphasis is on the repentance of believers from the sins that remain in our hearts. After the initial step of justification, believers tend to see repentance as no longer needed. However, Wesley teaches that very soon the new Christian realizes that the sin of pride and self-will is in his/her heart. The sin that remains affects both words and actions.
In Christianity, guilt (or the conviction of sin) and helplessness are two very important sides of repentance. A believer should experience the conviction that he or she is not yet whole. Apart from a realization and an understanding of sin in our hearts, no matter what we do in our own strength, we are unable to deliver ourselves from its consequences.
My Hindu friends, on the other hand, believe that they can get rid of their past wrongdoings through their own strength and power. For them, repentance means they must either go on a pilgrimage, practice fasting, climb 100 steps of a temple, and/or offer fruits and flowers to their deities. As a Christian, I don’t have to perform any such works of repentance.
Both Hindus and Christians believe that there is a need for repentance. However, the question is, are we depending on our methods of repentance, or are we depending on God’s way?
Christianity has the answer—Jesus Christ alone can save us from our sins and purify our hearts.
As believers, even after being justified, we need renewal through repentance (Psalm 139:23-24). Is there a sin in your life that needs to be forgiven? Are you struggling to make atonement for your sin? Let’s not seek atonement through our own efforts; instead, let us find forgiveness through the Lord and repent of any sins that are rooted in our hearts!
Premal Awasarmal is lead pastor at Arlington Naya Jeevan Church of the Nazarene in Arlington, Texas, USA, and Asian Indian coordinator of the West Texas District.
To read the full text of the sermon, click here..
Week 42 (10/11-10-17) Bible Reading Plan
Join us here on day 288. A great place to join the Bible reading plan!
Take bookmarks 9 and 10 in the foyer.
Before you read God’s Word today, seek His help with these 5 prayers:
1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up. 3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before. 4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand. 5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.
Click the blue Scripture and it will take you to that chapter!
Day 288: Mark 4-5
Day 289: Matthew 10
Day 290: Matthew 14
Day 291: John 6
Day 292: Matthew 15
Day 293: Matthew 16
Day 294: Matthew 17
Poor Sick Little Boy
Jimmy, a little boy, was in church one Sunday with his mother Linda, when he started feeling sick.
'Mummy,' he inquired, 'can we leave now?'
'No,' his mother replied, 'the service isn't over yet.'
'Well, I think I'm about to throw up.' Marty announced.
'Then go out of the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush.' said Linda.
After about sixty seconds,Jimmy returned to his pew, alongside his mother.
'Did you throw up?' Jimmy's Mum asked quietly.
'Yes,' Marty answered, embarrassed.