I think it’s vital to keep reminding ourselves of the most important things. Too often we forget the gospel message and are more interested in other topics. We need to hear Jesus’ good news of salvation every day. Our main text for this week reads,
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law" (Matthew 7:24-29)
You and I are saved from the coming storm of judgement by building our lives on the message of the gospel. There will always be a temptation to become self-righteous. Subtly, over time, we can become proud of our performance and judge others harshly. How we judge others is a good indication of how well we are being saturated in the gospel message.
Another form of self-righteousness is the temptation to condemn ourselves when we perform badly. Jesus wants you to hear Him say to you every day “It is finished!” Our Rock is Jesus and not our performance whether good or bad. When asked, in essence, about how one can earn salvation by good works, Jesus responded,
“Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’” (John 6:28-29)
Faith in Jesus saves us from the storm of our sin. Paul writes,
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 6:23).
There is a day when our 'wages' will be paid. Our account is empty of righteousness. Our account is in negative. However, in Christ, we have righteousness and life.
How would you explain the gospel message to someone who was interested? Perhaps you might want to think about and be ready for that.
Secondly, If you found that first question hard, it’s because you might not be thinking about it in your devotions each day. I encourage you to always begin your times of prayer by remembering and thanking God for the gospel.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY - SIV-WEEK - GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES
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This is our second SIV-Week study. SIV stands for Serve, Invest and Invite. This is a simple way of thinking about reaching our community for Jesus. On Sunday, we finished our Sent series. During this series we’ve been considering The Great Commission where we are told,
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ (Matthew 28:18-20)