The summer oddness continues, with us not having a fully structured evening service again this week. So, I’ve got the morning sermon and a brief recap on the evening devotional.
July 15 AM Luke 6:46-49
More than 3/4 of Americans (approximately 78%, Gallup Poll reported here) claim to be Christians. That's a huge number: it would mean that 225 million Americans were Christians.
Yet when we look at American society, do we see a country that is actually acting like 225 million of its residents are Christians?
I. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian.
How can this be?
II. Far too many people think that their words alone will be enough to count themselves believers
Words alone are not enough: Confession and belief are in Romans 10:9 and we must consider the situation of those confessing in that day. Their confession would cost them something
III. Action must follow belief:
The houses Jesus speaks of: these are the houses of our life. Applications of houses:
1. The Believer who acts as much as possible: those things not supported by the foundation will be destroyed
2. The Believer who does not act much in life, but has a foundation: a wreck but eternally secure
3. The unbeliever who thinks he is doing well, but has never actually trusted: pretty in life but wrecked in eternity
4. The unbeliever who does nothing: nothing now, nothing then.
IV. Do we want to be ruined?
V. We cannot allow salvation by grace to make us believe that we are supposed to spiritual couchians. being a Christian is to strive to be like Christ.
Evening sermon: we recapped the lessons from Rec Camp. Hey, if it’s good to teach the kids, it’s good to remind the adults, right?
I. Genesis 1:27 reminds us that God made us. While I would acknowledge that there may be more to understanding in Genesis 1 than some websites might have us think, I absolutely believe that humanity is the result of the special creation of God.
II. John 3:16 reminds us that God loves us.
III. Romans 12:2 reminds us that God has a plan for us. That plan is drawn from the Word of God and is to be made like Christ.