Monthly Archives: September 2015

Living the Extraordinary Christian Life Part 1

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Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 ESV What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.
Introduction
What kind of life are you living now?
This is the question that we will tackle in this series “Living the Extraordinary Christian Life”. Why extraordinary? Because living the life that God has set out to us is extraordinary. In this study we will compare the life lived apart from God and the life near to God.
As we read our passage on Ecclesiastes, we can see the dim life well painted by the observation of Solomon. A life without God. An earthly perspective on living. Words like redundant, boring, meaningless and hopeless can best describe these writings. All over the book, we can read “under the sun” and “vanity” over and over again. Solomon lays down what is life that is fleeting. Further observation we can see that it doesn’t made mentioned life beyond here on earth. A dead end street and nothing more.
Is this the kind of life we have now? Do we want to have this kind life that most people on this planet have? We are not talking about a life that is free of pain and problems. We will discuss a life that endures all of these and goes way beyond what Solomon has set in Ecclesiastes. Nor we are venturing in a fatalistic life that we shuts reality. We are here to look at the extraordinary life that will count God and men. An extraordinary life that is eternity bound. And this extraordinary life is the Christian life. I hope and pray that through this study we will be encouraged to fix our eyes on Jesus and hold on to the precious promises of God.
To end part one of this series, let us turn to the Scriptures and read Colossians 3: 1-4. These passages are connected in this study and may this penetrate in our hearts to pursue God:
Colossians 3:1-4 ESV If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(To be continued next week…)

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The Quotable Round Up #10

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Do you have a personal Bible study? Aside from the Bible, what tools do you use to further benefit in studying God’s Word? If you ask me I have a commentary of a specific book of the Bible and a devotional book. For me it has proven to give me a deeper understanding of the Bible and it strengthen my life as a Christian. I hope you’ll consider that too. Anyways, enjoy this week’s quote:
“We cannot think as the world thinks, act as the world acts, talk as the world talks, or set goals the world sets; we must be distinct. The ultimate hope of humanity is that in seeing that distinction, lost people will be drawn to Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Connecting prayer and Bible reading allows you to build momentum in your spiritual disciplines and ensure that you are consistently engaging in these vital practices the Lord has given us to conform us to his image.”
— Matt Rogers
“Preach to yourself the immeasurable, matchless bounty of God’s love for you.”
— J. A. Medders
“The Bible declares the word of the King of the universe, God himself, to you and me. This message is far from trite. His word is living and active, speaking to us in a personal way. What a glorious privilege to consider that God would humble himself by speaking in words that people like us can understand.”
–Matt Rogers
“To convince a man that God can save, I need to show him a man He saved. To convince a man that God can give hope, I need to show him a man with hope. To convince a man that God can give peace, joy, and love, I need to show him a man with peace, joy, and love. To convince a man that God can give complete, total, and utter satisfaction, I need to show him a satisfied man. When the world sees people who are holy, righteous, peaceful, joyful, and fulfilled, they see the evidence of God’s transforming power.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“God has given His truth to us as a sacred treasure for His own glory and the good of men, and we must guard it as our most precious possession. Churches that abandon the truth destroy their only reason for existing and give unbelievers cause to blaspheme God. That’s ultimately what is at stake in the way we live.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“The credibility of the Christian gospel is inseparably linked to the integrity of the lives of those who proclaim it.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

The Quotable Round Up # 9

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I’m checking some sermons from preachers that will greatly benefit me spiritually. As I download their sermons in MP3 format, I’ve noticed that they made an effort to have a transcript of it. It will be beneficial to read and listen to it. If God willing, I’ll give my young people some assignment to listen and read these sermons. Another thing is, it those transcripts will provide me materials to get quotes to be posted on different social media accounts I have most importantly for “The Quotable Round Up”. Let’s pray for it and here’s our weekly serving of quotes:
“True fellowship with God will involve true community with God’s people, a fellowship of light in the gospel.”
–J. A. Medders
“The gospel frees you from living for the approval of others, because you’ve been fully approved by God in Christ.”
–J. A. Medders
“Whenever God is blessing a ministry, you can expect increased opposition as well as increased opportunities.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“The doctrine of assurance is not an excuse for sin; it is an encouragement not to sin. The fact that I know I am married and have documents to prove it does not in the least tempt me to investigate other relationships. My wife and I are secure in our love for each other. When I realize the expensive grace that God has poured out on me, I want to draw closer to him and share his love even more.”
— Warren W. Weirsbe
“Every truth from the gospel is like a bunker-busting missile. It crashes through the hard outer shells of discouraged, floundering, and wandering hearts and releases the explosive joy of Christ inside them.”
–J. A. Medders
“Divine love is an act of selfless sacrifice. When you love in that way, you’ll do what is needed without counting the cost or analyzing the need’s merit. And your love will continue to meet the need no matter if it is received or rejected, appreciated or resented.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Loving as Christ loves does not depend on what others are in themselves but entirely on what they are in Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

Who is God? Part 6

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

Where is our faith?
Looking at the aspects of God being in control, I want to challenge every Christian (including me) to a question: Where is our faith? Knowing the our Almighty God has a purpose, a will and a plan, should we not depend on Him all the more. Lets open our Bible and see an episode in Jesus earthly ministry:
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Luke 8: 22-25
Where is our faith? Jesus is in control of the storm. He rebuked it. God is in control of everything. Should we not have faith on this sovereign God?
In his book “Not by Sight”, Jon Bloom discussing the same text but on the topic of fear, he points out:

When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith?
What God wants is for you to trust what he says over what you see.
The Bible has revealed to us that God is in control. He is sovereign and with that we need to trust Him. Failures, disappointments, and discouragements will pull us down but God is in control. We need to trust, depend, and have faith on Him always. Let that be a challenge for all of us as we look on His sovereignity.

The Quotable Round Up #8

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Some of you might ask where I get these quotes. I’ll let you in a secret. I subscribe to David C Cook free books which dishes out some books from great authors like Warren Weirsbe, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul etc. Others are from random blogs or websites who gives away e-books. So there you have it. I encourage you to subscribe to these freebies and enjoy reading. Reading should not be expensive. Before you head on to subscribe to those amazing website, here are our quotes of the week:
“True spiritual unity is never at the expense of truth.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“Jesus is Lord over everything, not some things.”
–J. A. Medders
“Truth and assurance are not ends in themselves; they are the means to the end of taking the gospel to the whole world.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“From what does the blood of Christ cleanse us? It cleanses us from sin.”
–Anthony Carter
“It is not enough to win people to Christ. We must also lead them into assurance, for only as they have assurance can they effectively live for God and overcome the world.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“Knowing that we have been given to the Son by the Father ought to motivate us to loving obedience. We are the Father’s love gift to Jesus.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe
“On the legal basis of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, believers can be united to Christ, confident that everything that belongs properly to Him is given freely to us. In this marvelous exchange, all our debts become His and all His riches become ours.”
–Michael Horton

Who is God? Part 5

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” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
For the pass two weeks, we shift gears to dig deeper on what is meant for God to be in control. We will conclude this next week then go back to the main points of this study, but first we will look at the last point of His sovereignity. In knowing who God is in terms of being in control in everything we come to the third aspect of it: God has a plan. Let look at our main text again in that part that mentions God being in control:
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
Plan
“making known[a] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Eph. 1: 9-10
Not only does God has purpose and will but He also has a plan. He set out the purpose and will because He has a plan. What we are experiencing right now, is according to His plan.The past, the present and the future is already in His plan. What we have gained as a Christian through Christ, was planned long before everyone and everything has been created. In God’s sight everything is laid bare from beginning to end. Nothing escapes from Him even in the smallest, most irrellevant details in the universe. God’s plan cannot be stopped by anything and anyone. His plan will be accomplished.
If we look at the text we have chosen to study and the surrounding verses, we can see that it talks about our spiritual blessings due to what Christ have gain on the cross. Adding much to much weight to this truth is that God sets all of this in a big picture. That big picture is His plan. Lets read our text more clearly in the Amplified Bible:
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in [a]Him,
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
What an awesome plan God has laid to us as a Christian. May we find these truth as a refuge as we live for God in this fallen world.

The Quotable Round Up #7

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What book are you reading today? Are you enjoying every bit of it? If you don’t have anything to read at this moment let “The Quotable Round Up” gives you ideas on what books or topics to read. We have a variety of quotes from different authors. I hope you’ll check it every Tuesday and enjoy these gems. So here’s our quote platter to feast upon:
“Overstating the importance of the word of God in the life of the Christian is impossible. A direct correlation exists between a person’s intake of the Scripture and his conformity to the image of Christ.”
–Matt Rogers
“The forgiveness that comes as a result of faith in Jesus is a means to the greater prize that we can know God and can possess perfect peace with God, which was present in the garden and was destroyed by sin. So, the entirety of the Christian life revolves around growing in an intimate knowledge of this great God that consumes our whole person.”
–Matt Rogers
“Those who refuse to bow to what God has revealed in His Word always cavil with the notion that a sovereign power governs all things. Only those who have learned the grace of submission can appreciate the beauty of divine sovereignty. We recognize its truth and respond in gratitude once we have experienced the grace of the gospel. God sets His love upon us and predestines us.”
–Derek W. H. Thomas
“Only Jesus can give us the right spiritual taste buds when it comes to our pursuit of holiness. Moralism won’t cut it.”
— J. A. Medders
“It is not enough for us simply to accept a biblical truth; we must apply it personally in everyday life.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

 

“Justification is the act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous in Jesus Christ.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe
“The ultimate purpose of our salvation is the glory of God.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe