Christ WILL SAVE HIS SHEEP!

While it isn’t popular, it is the truth. Jesus will save His sheep and NONE of them will be lost. So, when we share the faith we trust in the work of Christ alone and we can rest in the assurance that the Gospel given through the Word is life for all it is intended. We can sleep well at night knowing that when someone rejects the gospel that they are rejecting Christ and that only God can cause a hostile mind to believe! We are not “on the hook” for failing to convince others to believe.

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“Just as we did not create life, we cannot cause it.”

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God declares and God prepares!

We don’t have to feel the pressure of GETTING the answers to every unbeliever in order for them to be saved. God saves divinely through the hearing of the Word (Rom 10:17), and by the Spirit who is the Word of Life (John 6). We proclaim and God does the saving supernaturally. Tomorrow we’ll show this same truth relating to Jesus, God the Son!

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“Grace Grace Grace…. Grace.”

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My Buddy is not Evangelism!

As we’ve seen already, the Scripture is the source of Life through Jesus Christ, so, in order to share this powerful truth with others some have been taught they need to “work” into a friendship Spiritual things. If your everyday life is not expounding the truth of Christ there is something very wrong; you are either out of fellowship with the local assembly, your pastor doesn’t teach you rightly, or you could be unregenerate!

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“You got a friend in me…. NOT if I am not teaching TRUTH.”

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You have the words of Eternal Life!

The truth of the gospel and its POWER is found in the Scripture. It will feel as though the remainder of this week is redundant, but it is intentional in order to drive home the reality that the word is life and from the Word, we are taught!

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“Half truth is no Truth, like being half dead.”

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Learn the Word of God!

If you need food and I don’t have any food there is nothing I can do to help you eat. The same is true if we desire for God to use our mouths to bring His sheep to faith. If we are not learning the Scripture, we are not being prepared to have proper evangelism in our lives. Outlines, acrostics, pneumonic devices, “roads”, examples, apologetics, evidence etc. cannot bring ONE person to faith. Only Scripture can give you the tools to give others the truth!

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“Half truth is no Truth, like being half dead.”

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All Talents are for the Church!

Mutual benefit, encouragement, upbuilding etc. is the purpose of all the gifts that the Lord has given us. We are not our own, but we have been bought with a price. In our current culture, the trends toward evangelism have spiraled out of biblical norms. We have independent teachers and self-gloried preachers who feel they are called to “do what the church is not” and thus they feel justified in their disobedience. One sure measure of a healthy congregation is that the elders who teach are equipping, by the Word of God, the saints under their care in order to do the work of the ministry. Including evangelism. Are you READY?

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“And I’m proud to be an……”

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Because It Matters!

Sometimes in our conversations with people about truth, they will come to the point of saying, “Does doctrine really matter? Is theology necessary? Can’t we just have Jesus? While this sounds nice, it is foolish. First, because it ignores the meaning of those terms: doctrine means teaching and theology is the learning of God. Both are given in every breath of scripture!

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“Half truth is no Truth, like being half dead.”

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You Devil You!

Look at this tree in my eye! Your dusty specs are truly a problem. Dealing with sin is hard enough in our own lives, but what to do when we have to address it in each other? Why is it so hard? What does the bible say? I’m not talking about someone sinning against another, but when we sin wilful or habitual sin in the lives of our siblings in Christ. How do we approach that?

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“You could be ugly.”

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treeWhile it’s a common term and mission, discipleship as we know it in America’s church is dead.  So dead that many believe that few are even being taught rightly by the scripture much less being brought into the Kingdom of God.  Having a limited amount of time and a limited amount of webspace, there is no way one could attempt to revise and restore the biblical idea of discipleship, though many have tried.  So, as a mark on the starting line, I hope to list a few things on my heart for the sake of future direction and discussion.

Discipleship is wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the full and final revelation of God to man and in His ministry one can find the reality of what Jesus did and thus create a theology of growing others “to” the faith and “in” the faith.  Jesus selected His disciples specifically, then He lived with them and taught them to invest in others for the sake of the kingdom.  As they invested, they preached, proclaimed the good news of Christ and saw God save many through the hearing of the Word. (Rom 10:17)  These who came to know God through Jesus Christ became part of the body, that is the church.  The local church was governed by the Word of God through the apostles who “appointed elders (pastors) in every city to put in order what remained.”  The flock was taught to “do the work of the ministry” to each other and teach others to do the same in the power and for the sake of the person of Jesus Christ.  Discipleship is wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ.  Nothing else.

Discipleship is evangelism.

“Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”  This is a familiar song in the hearts of the church, but ever so often she refuses to hear this portion but rather hears the “Go ye into all the nations…”  While the church is to go, what it DOES as it goes is to teach the Gospel of Jesus as God plants the church and saves people by grace through faith.  So, reaching people is teaching people, these things are not divided but one in the same.  Any attempt to make “reaching” apart from rightly dividing the word of God is another gospel and as Paul states, “no gospel at all.”

Discipleship is what the church does, period.

So the church hears, believes, trusts, hopes, lives, loves and learns at the feet of her savior, the living Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us.  So, the church is to hear the word, do the word, know the word, love the word, live the word, teach the word and all for the sake of the praise of the glorious grace of God in Christ.  So, when the church thinks that “discipleship” is apart from the word, then she has forsaken her first love and must “do the things that she did before” so her Lord will not remove her lampstand (influence) from the world.  The church around the globe is hard at work teaching people to understand and teach others the bible, but for some strange reason, the dominant church in the USA seems to have given way to personal growth, personal esteem, personal influence, personal ministry and personal preference instead of powerful purpose found only in God’s word.  Just imagine, a people so hungry for power and never finding it because the grace of God (the power of God) is nowhere to be found because it is only given through the hearing and teaching of the word of God… Grace be with you.

Discipleship is personal, intimate and individual.

Widget companies can go the way of the assembly line just fine with identical outcomes having only a small margin of error.  But when it comes to people, each one is unique and unable to be stamped as a cookie on a sheet.  So why does so many congregations pour countless individuals into the same pot and then ask the question, “how can we get people to love the Lord and be committed?”  They cannot be committed to the Christ they have never heard and they will not hear unless someone preaches to them and then they will not encounter the Christ-filled life without the church continually living together in the pursuit of God’s grace through His word.  So, mass making of strong believers is like mass making of a bag of toenails.  It’s gross and worthless.  The preaching and the preacher should enable the body to do the work of the ministry while each one models unique but personal discipleship.  There is no other way.

Discipleship is carried through teaching what accords with sound doctrine.

In the end the body of Christ will prevail as the holy and pure bride prepared for her groom.  Until then she is to press and lean by faith alone on the promises of God through Jesus Christ who fully furnished and finished redemption by justifying a people for Himself through His blood having taken their guilt and debt and paid it in full.  It is finished!  So, let the church lives as the body of the Christ who bought her by growing as disciples who prove their adoptions as sons and daughters through the sacrifice of their living for the sake of glory that comes from God, not man.

The church will live eternally and she will do eternally what Christ has saved her to do because she no longer lives as her own but it is Christ who lives within her.  Therefore, the perpetuity of sound disciples will make more and nothing will make this happen apart from the power of God the Holy Spirit through the simple and wonderful teaching of God’s word, not to the masses, but to the few who teaches the few who teaches the few.

For His Glory by His Grace,

Pastor James Tippins