With the political elections coming up, it seems that every politician is telling everyone everything they want to hear. Many times, as Christians, we do the same thing. We don’t speak the truth over fear of upsetting people and causing problems. We become Christian politicians.
Thursday night, Pastor Gardner delivered a powerful and convicting message from the life of Christ. While Jesus was at the feast in the temple, He began to teach the people. But His teachings were radical. They called for extreme actions that many of the people didn’t like. The Bible says that Jesus caused a division among the people. A division is not a nice, clean divide. It is a a brutal tearing, a ripping apart. Jesus was ripping apart the very fabric of Jewish society and he wasn’t doing it in a very politically correct way. Pastor taught that when a person decides to follow Jesus, it will divide them from the world and their friends, maybe even their family. But that is the price to pay. Following true doctrine also causes division. Any person who lives out the truths the Bible teaches will be divided from so many others. Dedication to the cause of Christ and religion also cause division. But a main point of division, of fighting, is the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. There is no other way to get to heaven, but through Jesus Christ. Nothing or no one else can save you. This may offend nearly the entire world, but it is truth.
How boldly have you been standing for the truth? Or, better put, how boldly have you been standing for Jesus Christ? Has fear hindered you from telling your family and friends about who Jesus is? Is your personal position and standing more important than the gospel of Jesus Christ? This church is so thankful for a pastor who declares the truths of God’s Word without fear of being politically correct. If you were unable to hear this great message Thursday night, visit sermonaudio.com to hear this message and many others.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning at 9:30 for Sunday School!