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GRACE

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 14:52 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 14:51

GRACE

What is grace? Very simply, grace is getting what we don’t deserve.  It is unmerited favor.  Paul the Apostle understood as many of us do, what grace is.  Paul persecuted Christians.  He hailed them off to prison and cast his vote for their death because of their faith in a Jesus he had not yet come to know.  But in mercy and grace the Lord Jesus met him, gave him a revelation of Himself and turned him around until he became a great Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, Grace is getting forgiveness and pardon when you know you deserve punishment.  Paul could say, By the grace of God I am what I am! That is our testimony also!

How could the grace of God be made available to unworthy sinners?  The answer to that is THE CROSS! The cross of Jesus Christ was God’s altar upon which the Son of God, the Lamb of God would lay down his life willingly to take upon Himself the debt of the sin of mankind.  We, who were onDeath Row, were set free by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross.  He took our place and now we are set free.

Now, the call of the Holy Spirit to all men is:  Whosoever will, let them come and drink of the water of life freely. Why? Because Jesus has opened the way to the throne of God.  It is a throne of mercy, the way paved and paid for by Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.  He loved us so much He gave His life for ours.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John  3.16.

Pray this prayer now: Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Take away my sin.  I believe you are the Son of God.  I believe you died on the cross for me.  I receive you as my Lord and Savior.  I will trust your enabling grace and the Holy Spirit to live my life for your glory.  Amen!

 

 

JUSTIFICATION

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 14:46 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 14:44

JUSTIFICATION

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The definition for justified in a theological sense means:

To be declared innocent or guiltless

Can it possibly be that erring man, born in sin and guilty under the law be declared innocent?  The punishment for sin is DEATH!  How does JUSTIFICATION happen?

Romans 5:1 says it happens by faith!  Faith means to be fully persuaded about something.  Of what are we to be persuaded? What is it that brings justification to sinful men? The answer to that is found in the latter part of that verse:  through our Lord Jesus Christ!

When Jesus walked this earth in human flesh, He said He didn’t come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  That is, all who put their faith and confidence  in His death on that blood-stained cross have peace with God and are justified.  It is astounding when we think about it that one man could die for the sins of the whole world.  All who appropriate that sacrificial act to their lives personally are justified!  Christ’s crucifixion which he endured right up until death was enough to satisfy sin’s demand of death!  Through that death, Jesus’ blood when applied to the hearts of repentant sinners,  washes them clean and declares them innocent in God’s sight.  Jesus took our sin, our guilt and our shame and all of it was nailed to the Cross.  Now we are free to be the children of God.  We are free from sin’s dominion over us.  As we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so let us walk in HimEnjoy your newfound freedom in Christ. You are accepted by God in the beloved by faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross.  Faith in His atoning blood washes our sins away.  You arejust-as-if-you’d-never-sinned! That is the power of the blood and the power of the cross. JUSTIFIED BY FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

SANCTIFICATION

Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 12:59 Written by Pastor Dan Monday, 18 April 2016 12:58

SANCTIFICATION

What does it mean to be sanctified?

Sanctify means to “set apart” for a special person or purpose.  In the Old Testament, those who served as priests or Levites in the service of the tabernacle they were set apart and dedicated to God for this purpose.  When prophets came to appoint kings, they would do so by the anointing of oil.  The king’s function was to rule and lead the people in the ways of God.

Samuel was a prophet who was set apart and dedicated to the work of the Lord and his mother Hannah  made good on her promise to God to lend him to the Lord all the days of his life especially in his growing up years.  He was dedicated and sanctified set apart for this purpose.

The women especially understand this truth by setting apart their best china plates for special occasions.  They do not use their best china for their everyday use.

We as believers are chosen by God for a specific purpose as well.  We have been given faith to believe.  We have turned our back on sin and begin to live a life for God’s glory and for His divine purpose.  We are not to defile or contaminate ourselves with the filth of this world.  We have been set apart (sanctified – made holy) by the precious blood of Christ by God the Father Himself.  Knowing that, we also willingly separate ourselves from all defilement of this world.  We have been made children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul, in speaking to a young minister Timothy used the sanctifying process in an illustration of a person being enlisted into military service saying, No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.

Remember, sanctification is a two-way street.  God has set you apart.  You, too must set yourself apart for Him!

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Written by Pastor Dan Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:15

We are finishing up this Wednesday on the theme of the Seven Churches of Revelation.  Beginning next week, we will begin with studying the Epistles.  Our Wednesday evenings are an exceptional time of worship, praise, fellowship, refreshments and inspiring time in God's Word.  Come and be blessed!

Men's Ministries at Joy Community

Men’s Ministry:

Please call the church office for times and dates of men's fellowships. Refreshments will be served and an inspiring time of fellowship centered around God’s Word.

Church Office: 586-792-5251

 

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