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The Sermon Today

08 Jan

Hello again!

Today the pastor preached on Galatians 3:1-14; mainly focusing on verses six and fourteen. The main focus of his sermon was we should be like Abraham (I can’t remember the exact road Pastor Chris used to get there…), in that Abraham obeyed God in everything. Specifically, (just to let you know, this isn’t an exact quote) ‘… Abraham left his native land and just kept going until God told him to stop. Now I’m not saying you should hop in your car and start driving until God tells you stop, I’m saying that if God lays on your heart to do something, you should do it; if He tells you to share the Gospel with whoever, then you should do it.’ Or, at least, He said something along those general lines, though probably with some variation to the way I put it.

The gist of the sermon was, as I saw it, this: we aren’t saved by the law, we’re saved by God’s grace. Therefore, because we have that grace, we should spread it to others; should obey God’s command in our lives.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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4 responses to “The Sermon Today

  1. Freedomborn

    January 9, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Hi Joshua, I like how you put your thoughts together, but let me ask you something: do you have a favorite sports team? For example, in Australia footy is real big. What about a favorite car? Or have you ever known parents to find it hard to talk about their Children, especially babies, without starting to brag?

    If we are passionate about someone we can’t help it; we just have to talk about them … The Holy Spirit is Passionate about God, that was why Jesus said, “wait till after Pentecost, then go out into all the World and preach the Gospel.” They were empowered to do so after Pentecost, and they didn’t get paid, like you aren’t on your Blog.

    You bless me greatly Joshua, thank you for your faithfulness and zeal. I thank the Lord for your Godly passion.

    Christian Love, Anne

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      January 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Yes, I agree that we naturally will obey Christ if he’s who we’re passionate about, but we’ve still got to put some effort in. For example; you and I both blog because we want to; it’s a natural outlet of our passion for/of Jesus. Yet we still have to direct that passion towards our blogging. We’ve got to put some effort in to type our posts; to write whatever it is we write. Or, in other words, we’ve got to be like Abraham by listening for God’s voice and going where he calls us to go; whether that be to the land of blogging or knocking on doors, or anything else.

      So, in short, I agree completely that through our passion for Jesus we’ll naturally try to find a way to let our love/passion for Christ out. Yet we must listen for God’s voice; we must listen for that still small voice of direction to guide that passion we feel towards what God wants us to do… Otherwise we’ll fail at anything we try to do to spread the Gospel.

      To be entirely honest, I’m not sure what you mean though when you said, “they were empowered to do so and they didn’t get paid like you on your Blog.” As I don’t actually get paid to blog. If you were referring to the ads that sometimes appear on my posts; those aren’t mine, WordPress(.com) puts them there in order to make some money off my blog.

      Finally: thank you for the encouragement, it’s always very welcome :). I’ve been reading your blog aswell, and have found it very nice and beneficial, so thank you for blessing me :).

      Joshua

       
      • Freedomborn

        January 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Hi Joshua, thanks for your response. No, I wasn’t talking about the ads, I meant you don’t share about your Love for the Lord to be paid; Paul was like that. He worked making tents so he could share the Gospel, not that he was opposed to others earning a living but he choose not to and so was rewarded.

        Before Pentecost Jesus Disciples had no strength or motivation: Peter denied he knew Jesus, the other Disciples ran away, some went back to their old jobs. But when The Holy Spirit came, He gave them power and motivation to witness. Our passion without The Holy Spirit’s empowering and motivation does not have direction or power and so does not bear good fruit. We might as well be talking about footy; this is why we are to ask God for The Holy Spirit and believe we have received it. Like when we ask for God’s wisdom we don’t doubt it, I will leave a link for you:

        Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/the-gaining-of-wisdom/#comment-561

        Thanks Joshua for your encouragement and your always welcome to share your thoughts on my Blog and how God touches your heart when you read the stories I post.

        Christian Love Anne.

         
      • Joshua Cleveland

        January 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        First off, thank you for clarifying what you meant earlier (in regards to the ads); I was misunderstanding you, my bad.

        Secondly, I see what you’re saying now; it seems before I was again misunderstanding you. Yes, I agree completely that we need the Holy Spirit to guide us and direct us. On the other hand, I believe the Holy Spirit works (sometimes, not always) by directing our thoughts towards whatever He wants us to do. Thus, in a sense, we ourselves do indeed direct our own passion for Jesus towards whatever it is that we do, but at the same time it’s actually the Holy Spirit giving us those thoughts. Or, to put it another way:

        In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

        So my belief is this on the subject: we need the Holy Spirit to direct and empower us; we have no ability to direct our own passion for Jesus. However, because the Holy Spirit does indeed empower us and direct us, we can direct our passion. This is because it’s not us directing our passion for Jesus, but the Holy Spirit doing it. We do indeed need to “put some effort in,” but it’s the Holy Spirit who ends up directing us where we need to go. — I apologize for seeming like I’m talking in circles, I do that sometimes when I’m trying to work a topic in my head while also typing it :).

        My apologies for misinterpreting what you said before, I think we both understand each-other now.

         
      • Freedomborn

        January 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Hi Joshua, we are indeed saying the same thing a few more Scriptures that confirm out thoughts are….

        Proverbs 3:4-6 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
        Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.

        Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

        Proverbs 16:2-3 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

        Hebrews 13:21 May God supply you with everything good. Then you can do what He wants. May He do in us what is pleasing to Him. We can do it only with the help of Jesus Christ. Give Him glory for ever and ever. Amen.

        There are other Scriptures but I think we have proved our point or should I say God’s!

        Christian Love Anne

         

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