Heartprints

The Big Picture

      Lately, I have encountered an alarming number of people in whom I was surprised to discover that they profess to be Christians. I am not claiming to be a perfect example of Christ and therefore worthy to cast judgement on their moral character and salvation. I'm just saying that in many months of interaction with these individuals, it was not evident by their speech, their actions nor their character that they have the Spirit of our Holy God dwelling in them.

      Lately, I have encountered an alarming number of people in whom I was surprised to discover that they profess to be Christians. I am not claiming to be a perfect example of Christ and therefore worthy to cast judgement on their moral character and salvation. I'm just saying that in many months of interaction with these individuals, it was not evident by their speech, their actions nor their character that they have the Spirit of our Holy God dwelling in them.

      I can't help but wonder how anyone could truly know and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ and not be changed. 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17, Romans 12:2, Hebrews 1:1-12

      "The gospel has changed your destination from hell to heaven but has it changed you?"

      This phrase was uttered as part of a sermon this past week by our associate pastor, Scott Duncan. It was coupled with the profound truth from his sermon in the prior week which connected the birth of Christ with the entire Bible. The fulfillment of prophecy as noted in the old testament as early as Genesis 3:15 through its provision for the future through the hope of salvation and His second coming in Revelation.

      Often, the birth of Christ is taught as an isolated event and reserved for a December only sermon or lesson. When in fact, it connects the old testament with the new. The core event in which the seed of prophesy takes root and blossoms into fulfillment. It is imperative to the foundation of our faith that we make these connections in order to gain proper perspective on the truly miraculous conception and birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ-the Messiah. That's the big picture!

      Do we give children the opportunity to see the big picture that the whole Bible brings? Are we connecting the weekly stories with the heritage of their salvation? It is important for children to make those connections in order for them to truly understand the life-changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To understand the sinful state of mankind and the necessity of the Savior. To be reborn, changed, transformed through the power of Jesus Christ having the faith that grows into maturity. Ephesians 4

      By making these connections, then Christmas isn't just Jesus' birthday. It is the fulfillment of the promised new beginning-the provision for the gospel of our salvation. Titus 2:11-14

Thank you God for being true to your promises!

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