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When we encounter the message behind the Cross of Christ, it changes who we are and how we live our lives. Indeed, in the gospels, the Cross made all the difference for the Roman Centurion. He probably started the day indifferent about Jesus. Then, he saw how Jesus died. His reaction said it all. He was shaken. He was in awe of God. He understood who Jesus was. In our lives, indifference towards Jesus is dangerous. It can leave us exposed to God's wrath, and it can cause us to miss the opportunities of a lifetime in service to the Lord! So, be awakened by the Cross. Wake up, and be amazed by the love of Christ for you! Wake up, and be curious to know Jesus more! Wake up and tell others about Jesus and what He's done for you! For, truly He is the Son of God!
In today’s message, we consider the last church that Jesus addresses: Laodicea. The problem with this church was that they were indifferent, self-reliant, and blinded by wealth and comfort. This is a very challenging message that our churches in America need to hear. Do we have the humility and heart to listen to what Jesus says?
Ronnie deals with immorality in the church and how we as members are to handle it. We are called to restore the person in the midst of scandal and not ignore or condone it. This will protect the church and honor Christ in the process. This process is done with grace, not foolishly condoning or condemning, but wisely restoring and transforming.
We learn from scripture that God does not like lukewarm Christians -- he spits them out! So what does a lukewarm Christian look like, and how do we turn up the heat? When it comes down to it, "lukewarm Christian" is an oxymoron. We can't live the lives Christ intends for us, and still be lukewarm.
I think it is fair to say that all of us - if we are honest - have been tricked, duped, or charmed away from what is glorifying to God and into what exalts and promotes self and our own agenda as we are enticed and drawn away into our own evil desires (James 1:13 - 15) at one time or another in our lives. I know I am guilty. Having said this, is it really possible that the American church in 2011 has also been duped, tricked, bewitched, and charmed away from what God would truly have her be as the Bride of Christ? Listen-in to today's This Day In The Word radio broadcast and let's see what God's Word has to say.
After the birth of Jesus there were a number of responses to the Christ. There was hostility vs faith and indifference vs worship. What will you do with Jesus now that Christmas is over?