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Sermons on Malachi
Are you prepared for the great and terrible day of the Lord?
There are many people in our society who struggle with the idea that a loving God would one day carry out severe judgment on those who rejected him and the forgiveness He offered. They often verbalize their disbelief in asking, “Would a loving God be capable of even punishing someone?” I believe this is a real contention nowadays that should be tackled in every Bible believing community. It seems that many Bible preachers and teachers love to talk about God being unconditional in His love and grace without putting emphasis on Him being holy and just. They say that preaching on judgment sends a negative message that can turn people off from Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, Often this lopsided theology results in many Christians living irresponsibly. My fear is: with all these feel-good messages, we are developing Christians who are no longer afraid of sin and are no longer conscious of pleasing a holy God. I’m absolutely sure that this is not what God wants to see among His people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should not preach positive messages in the church. I love to preach positive messages. But, at the same time, we should not also ignore the need for a balance theology. Well, when you examine the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments clearly warn us concerning God’s coming judgment. In fact, as we conclude our series on Malachi, God has chosen to close the last book of the Old Testament talking about this very subject.
"Are You a Hall of Famer?" Malachi 3:16-18 Part 13 A Hall of Fame life involves: 1. A personal commitment to exalt God. Fearing the Lord involves the understanding that: * God can hurt us & * We can hurt God. 2. Participation in a community that edifies others. Community is important because: * God warns us against solo Christianity. * We wander away from God at times. * Other witnesses of God's grace help grow our faith. Community involves a common: * Attitude * Activity * Association 3. A powerful conclusion that should encourage us. We are encouraged because the Lord: * Receives us as his own. * Responds when we pray. * Regards us as His treasured possession. * Remembers us on the Day of Judgment.
The book of Malachi provides us with very practical steps on how to overcome and receive the best that God has in store for us despite what is going on in the world.