Pastor’s Pennings

Keeping Our Focus

July 29, 2020

Good Habits

July 15, 2020

Amazing Grace

July 8, 2020

Fellowship

June 24, 2020

Regrets

June 10, 2020

Fruit of the Spirit

May 27, 2020

Proclaiming Jesus

May 20, 2020

Good morning Fellow Believers,

In last Sunday’s message we learned that the believer is called and equipped to proclaim these three things. Proclaim judgement, the glory of God, and the truth of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus teaches this to His disciples after His resurrection and before his ascension.

He said to them, go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 (NIV)

How do ordinary messengers proclaim something so glorious?

There are some key verses we need to have an in-depth knowledge of in order to share Jesus with someone. Having this knowledge will enable us to teach these simple truths to people who simply do know the truth.

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)

Unbelievers don’t realize that the sin in their lives causes a separation between them and God. Sinning confirms our status as sinners, and sin cuts us off from our holy God. Furthermore, sin leads to death, because it disqualifies us from living with God, regardless of how great or small each sin may seem. Sins are deadly, but sinners can be forgiven.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV)

The result of sin is not just physical death, everyone dies physically, believers and nonbelievers alike. This refers to eternal separation from God in hell. This is the wage that a person receives for his or her rebellion against God. Those in hell will find no comfort in the truth that they have been given exactly what they wanted. The unbeliever’s decision to reject Jesus is really their decision to pay the penalty for their own sins.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21 (NIV)

Salvation is available to anyone. Unbelievers should know that forgiveness of sins, which cause separation between them and God, can be forgiven. There is no need to pay the penalty for our own sin. The very reason Jesus died on the cross was to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. Any person who calls on the name of the Lord will be forgiven and saved for all eternity. Access to God, for all people, is available, but only to those who call on His name in faith.

Forgiveness and salvation only come through Jesus Christ.

May God richly bless you today,

Pastor Dennis

Declaring the Glory of God

Good morning Elbridge Community Church,

To declare the glory of God is to put all things in their proper place. Chaos and struggle are always the result of humanity trying to gain glory for ourselves. God alone is worthy to receive glory. God alone was made to be above all else. And God alone can handle the weight of receiving glory.

So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31 (NIV)

We were made to declare the glory of God. We were made to proclaim through word and deed the majesty, splendor, and worthiness of the God of heaven and earth.

Proclaiming God’s glory to the world always begins by taking a look at our own hearts. We struggle to declare that God is above every other name if we’re still on the throne of our hearts. Declaring God’s glory starts with our own humility. It begins with living a life of sacrifice to the one who’s given up everything for us.

When we remove ourselves from the throne of our own hearts, we are set free to magnify Jesus. Here are a few things we can do to proclaim the glory of God.

  1. Meditate on the glory of God. All His attributes that make Him alone worth of glory. Allow Scripture to fill you with a desire to place God on the throne of your heart and live for his glory.

    For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

  2. Ask yourself these questions, is Jesus enthroned upon every part of your heart today? Are there any areas in your life that you are living for your own glory, to build your own kingdom?
  3. Ask God how you can declare his glory on the earth today. How can you live to see Jesus lifted up and seen for who he truly is?

God doesn’t want glory to satisfy some selfish need. He knows that he alone can handle a throne. He alone can handle adoration and worship. And when he is magnified it is absolutely the best thing for all of creation. It’s for this reason Solomon writes in Psalm 72:19,

Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!

May the prayer of Solomon be our prayer today as we seek to glorify God in all we do.

May the grace and peace of God the Father be with you all,

Pastor Dennis

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