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Jesus called us salt... ok... what does that mean?
Our Constitution of the United States of America and the first seven articles and 27 amendments are the shortest constitution in force in the world today. Its first three articles secure the doctrine of the separation of powers. Our federal government is divided into three branches: the legislative; the executive; and the judicial. Articles Four, Five and Six establish the concept of federalism, describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments and of the states in relationship to the federal government. The Constitution and the form of government that was established by it was written and instituted based on a very strong understanding of the sinful nature of mankind, that men are totally fallen, that sin permeates all we think and do, that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Our founding fathers set in place policies and principles that had checks and balances; with built in accountability. This was meant to limit government, to limit the powers of any one individual and to limit the power of the federal government over state’s rights. Our founding documents sought to carefully walk a balance between tyranny and anarchy, between the abuse of the rule of one person, and the rule of the mob. Human nature being what it is needs structure, discipline and accountability. To do that you have to have laws and the force of discipline behind the laws to enforce them. Where there is sin there is a need for rules and laws and obedience, and when this is broken, there is a need for discipline. This is true in our nation and in our cities and communities, this is true in the military, in schools, in all our homes and in our churches. Article 32 of the Belgic Confession addresses these issues and principles in our churches under what we call church order and church discipline. The officers or spiritual leaders of the church are responsible for the life and doctrine of the church, they are responsible to maintain peace, unity and order. They are to see that the Word is faithfully preached and the sacraments are faithfully administered and received. In order to do all this they must be able to use the tool of good church order to keep order and the tool of spiritual church discipline when something is out of order.
Primary Claim: A relationship with; and experience in dealing with God prepares the Christian to endure through difficulties.
Investment Horizon is financial speak for the amount of time required to achieve desired results in the market. Just as a good investment strategy requires discipline and deferred gratification, our spiritual lives require the same. Paul instructs us to “keep our eyes on the prize” so that we achieve what we desire for the Lord.
Can you treat your spiritual life like a pool of water? Is it as easy as Shock, Level, and Maintain?
God's Grace ... 1. Rescues us from our sin 2. Teaches us to say "no" - Discipline 3. Teaches us to say "yes" - Self Control My salvation is not earned by what I do, but what I do should be changed by my salvation.
Jacob finally finds a wife...or two. What do we think about Jacob working 14 years for the hand of Rachel? Romantic story, or sad diversion from the plan of God? Do we really reap what we sow? And what about Leah? How does she feel about her plot in life? And how does God feel about her?
Seeking after God means perseverance
Sermon #2 from the "Jonah" series. Scripture from Jonah 2.