As I prepared my devotion for Saturday’s service I wanted to present the Salvation message in a way that the unsaved attendees would have a complete understanding of what the message is. It led me to ask the question. What is a Christian? It’s not being religious. We as humans can be “religious” about a lot of things. Exercise, hobbies, behaviours, organizations, daily activities and so on. It’s not belonging to a particular denomination. It’s not following certain behaviors.
So what is a Christian. According to Wikipedia “Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world’s largest religion with roughly 2.38 billion followers representing one-third of the Global population. I’m sure however, you like me are Christians based on
John 3:16 -17
- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Quite simply we believe Jesus the Son of God came to earth as a babe, grew up to become a man who spent 33 years on earth 3 of which He travelled the world preaching to and healing men and women and ultimately gave his life for your sins and mine on the cross. BUT the most important part was Jesus defeated death and rose again to meet with his disciples and ultimately rose up to heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father, God. Along with the acceptance of Jesus as our personal Savior, a Christian is someone whose behavior and heart reflects Jesus Christ.
I remember as a child growing up in the 50s and 60s church attendance was very common and it would seem that many believed that attending church made you a Christian. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is found in
- Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved
- For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God
Romans 10: 9
- If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you will be saved.
Nothing could be easier or simpler.
A gift offered, a gift received.
Where: 321 Brae Rd, Duncan
When: Sunday Nov 20, 2022
10:00 am Breaking of Bread
11:00 am Family Bible Hour
Speaker: Norm Nicholson
Things to Consider
Christmas day falls on Sunday this year and it has been suggested that we consider holding a Christmas eve service in place of the Sunday morning 11am service but still have our Breaking of Bread service at its regular time on Sunday at 10 am.
Once the Fellowship hall and kitchen are completed we need to decide if we will return to our previous time for services.
- Breaking of Bread at 9:30am
- Worship Service at 11am
Which will leave a time for tea, coffee, and socializing in between services.
The leadership team will be meeting to discuss these and other items. Your prayers for guidance would be appreciated.
See you all on SundayJACK PEAKE