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Who has ultimate authority? Humanity will always usurp authority from God. The Bible tells us that God spoke all things in existence. He created mankind. And the age old question by men is: "Did God really say" and "God said this, but will He really do this?" Everything we have belongs to God But when He comes to collect, how much do we say we want to keep? What is it you are holding on to? What do you say is yours? Are you ready for the consequences this will have?
Another work of God that causes us to marvel at Him is looking at the creation of man. Man is unique among God creations as the one God said would “be made in His image and after His likeness.” Man is a moral, thinking, communicating being. He was designed to live in relationship with God and with others. And look at these amazing things just about the human brain! It has 100 billion neurons (which send and receive info) and each neuron has between 1,000-10,000 synapses (connections to other neurons; 100,00 miles of myelinated axons (parts of the neuron that are encapsulated by fatty layers); in a lifetime the human brain might retain 1,000 Trillion bits of info. It also has 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain. That is amazing! And God just created it. We glorify the God who created such the amazing creature we are. Who knows us better and can help us to the uttermost?
As we continue our series on “Experiencing Gospel Fruitfulness” we must begin with “who Is God?” We must begin with Him and remain focused on Him. A significant way we get to know what He is like by His works and expressions. An enormous work/expression was His creation of the universe. It is estimated that the “visible” universe is 14 billion light years (light year = 5.8 trillion miles) across and contains 30 billion trillion (3 x 10 to the 22nd power) stars. How does one begin to wrap their mind around that? And the possibility that there could be even one inhabitable planet that could sustain advanced life is less than 1 trillionth of a trillionth of a percent. Romans 1:20 tells us that by looking at the creation alone that we should be able to see “His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature.” Think about His creation for a moment and try to come up with ½ dozen things it teaches you about “Who God Is.” And then remember that this is the God who arranged the “gospel… the good news” for our lives.
The gospel has to do with the event in history in which Christ, the perfect substitute for man’s sins, was offered upon the cross and paid the penalty for man’s sins. The gospel is therefore good news. Because of this good news, the curse upon creation can be removed and restoration of the universe can take place. And because of this good news man can not only gain a new status with God… being made righteous and also experiencing a host of gospel effects in all areas of our lives. Paul wrote “I do all things for the sake of the gospel that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” What does this mean? Isn’t he saved? He is saying that as we seek to not only have the gospel effect all areas of our live but bring all that the gospel has to offer fallen man we experience more and more of what it offers. At FBC, we want all of us to experience more and more of the gospel effects daily. It takes us offering more and more of our lives over to the Lord’s transforming work. It also takes us being willing to adapt to those around us in learning how to bring the message of the gospel to them. Are you up for the challenge and changes the Lord wants to bring in your life?
Are you a withered branch in the vineyard of Christ? Or are you a fresh and green and thriving in your connection to christ?
A thermometer merely declares its atmosphere's condition and, sadly, this is how most Christians go about their lives - reporting how awful this or that is. But such behavior is not God's design for your life! Christians are meant to not only declare "the temperature" but also change it through the power of God. This message should help you to get connected to the power which is able to change your circumstance, like a thermostat. 63 minutes.
To endure well and live a fruitful life in Christ, you must condition yourself to remain in Christ as your fuel source.
This message looks at Jesus' definition of success for every Christian. How does God measure success and how has He designed the Christian life to lead us to full success? What is God's role and what is ours?