Freedom: The life and living we enjoy, worth laying down out lives for. It is well that we reflect upon the history of our great nation which speaks of our predecessors who worded and lived and thought and died for the life we experience today. This 4th of July may we remember the incredible sacrifices paid for our freedom by way of time, thought, service, protection, war and resolute heart throughout the existence of the United States of America. And may we know for certain that it is one thing to be free today, but freedom for tomorrow requires of us the same kind of sacrifices.
It is similar in our Christian lives; it is one thing to be set free, it is another to stay free. I was once again reminded of this fact in the following devotional post from Ransomed Heart Ministries, an excerpt from the book. Waking the Dead by John Eldredge:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10)
Have you ever wondered why Jesus married those two statements? Did you even know he spoke them at the same time? I mean, he says them in one breath. And he has his reasons. By all means, God intends life for you. But right now that life is opposed. It doesn't just roll in on a tray. There is a thief. He comes to steal and kill and destroy. Why won't we face? I know so few people who will face this. The offer is life, but you're going to have to fight for it, because there's an Enemy in your life with a different agenda.
There is something set against us.
We are at war.
I don't like that fact any more than you do. but the sooner we come to terms with it, the better hope we have of making it through to the life we do want. This is not Eden. You probably figured that out. This is not Mayberry, this I am Seinfeld's world, this is not Survivor. The world in which we live is a combat zone, a violent clash of kingdoms, a bitter struggle unto the death. I am sorry if I'm the one to break this new to you: you were born into a world at war, and you will live all your days in the midst of a great battle, involving all the forces of heaven and hell and played out here on earth.
Where did you thing all this opposition was coming from?
Jesus informs us and prepares us for this Christian life: A beautiful, purposeful, and powerful life. A life intended to be lived out in freedom that has incredible value now and for eternity. An easy life, though, it is not. It requires much of us. Know that your church family is with you, really with, to assist you. One of the main ways, we help each other is through our Sunday services. Each Sunday, at Sunday School and Worship, our intent is to equip[p our people for life in the Lord. Don't miss unless you just have to, for it is during this special time that God is training our hands and heart for spiritual warfare, worship, and work in His Kingdom.
May God bless you and encourage you and strengthen you in your vital role you play in this most excellent life.
Much Love to all, Scott.
How do we live out and share with others this Good News? From John 3:16 we see 3 aspects of the Gospel/Good News:
1. LOVE — “God is Love” (1 John 4:8) God shares His incredible, unconditional, powerful love with us. As it says, “For God so loved the world.”
2. FAITH — We believe, have faith, in God and His promises. We are called to be believers, not doubters. This is an active faith. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 4:7).
3. LIFE - God is Life - “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). We were dead, separated from God because of our sins, but through Jesus Christ, He made us alive! (see Eph. 2:1-6).
We see this good news, this love, faith, and life lived out and shared with others through all the things we do and say as a church:
Prayer, Worship, Learning (Christian Ed), Fellowship, Service, Evangelism (see Acts 2:42-47)
In closing, let me again mention a couple of new things that are coming up in the life of our church. First, you will see the current Session of our church, the elders, briefly kneeling in prayer at the altar just prior to the beginning of Sunday morning worship. This is to humble ourselves before the Lord and request His blessings upon our worship, our church, our families, our nation, and any current church need. We hope you will join us in prayer from the pews as we prepare our hearts for wor-ship, and ask for God’s hand of blessing.
Second, the Billy Graham, My Hope America training session is coming up on Sunday, July 28, at 7pm. Please be in prayer for this outreach ministry where people of our church will invite others to their home to hear the gospel presented. We’ll share more about this ministry at worship and in depth at the training session. Let me know if you’re interested.
It is indeed a privilege and joy to live out and share this glorious Good News with you, the Spring Creek Church family, on a daily basis. God is blessing us beyond measure and it is exciting to consider what He will do in our midst in the future.
In Christ’s Great Love,