God has even promised us as His children that we shall obtain holiness: “Holiness is not only expected; it is the promised birthright of every Christian” (14). Bridges makes it very clear that God is the only way we can ever achieve this holiness. “Only through God’s Word are our minds remolded and our values renewed” (85). Jesus has given us the tools we need to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him and it is now up to us to close this gap by repenting our sins, renewing our values, and changing how we think and act in the world. It can be intimidating to know that the Lord expects us to live out our lives in Holiness but Bridges made it evident that He does not seek perfection, for only He is truly spotless.
An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
Through this post- apocalyptic world, he puts his Christian faith first in order to survive. “Against hopelessness and fear, a little bit of God goes a long long way.” (Tunner. Web) like every Christian, we believe that God will clear the way for
I am not suggesting revolting or secretive ways, But I believe witnessing through action is just as important as witnessing through professing one’s belief. In Matthew 5:16, it states, “in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NIV). Christian educator’s classroom should embody principles that are reflective of a Christian worldview to implement a biblical worldview to support a Christian philosophy in education in a practical application. We must instill themes like love, wholeness, and responsibility of knowledge. Graham states, “biblical teachings concerning love, wholeness, and responsibility, as well as our experience of them in Christ, must be brought to bear on our studies and research” (Graham, 2009, 24).
After Watergate, the only thing that mattered to Colson was having a right relationship with Christ and ministering the grace he had received to as many people as possible. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Matthew 5:6 says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied” both of these versus speaks into how Colson thought, felt, and acted. Charles Colson’s life is a powerful testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 perfectly describes Colson when it says, “One who bore the image of the man of dust became one who bore the image of the man of Heaven.” Colson wrote “The real story was that Christ had reached down to me, even in my disgrace and shame, and revealed Himself as the One who forgives and makes new.
This movement teaches us that when we place our trust and faith in Christ, we are given an abundance of health and wealth. There is nothing more foreign to scripture than this type of teaching. In fact, the opposite is true, and Jesus makes it abundantly clear from today’s passage. In the opening verses, we see Jesus warning His disciples about the forthcoming persecution they will eventually face (vv.1-4a). As Jesus prepares for His own persecution, He warns us that it will be the very same people who
DAY 18: ALL ABOUT SALVATION What does Salvation mean? It’s not a word we use a lot, but it’s a big word that means a lot. Salvation is the word we use when someone asks Jesus to live in their heart, to forgive their sins and give them a life in heaven after they die. The Bible tells us that Salvation means we are rescued, or saved, because when we ask Jesus into our heart, He saves us from our sins and the punishment of our sins. It is a good word to remember, because it’s a word that changes our lives forever for those who love Jesus.
Even though I, and many others, hate to think about what our Savior went through, I believe it is important. To have knowledge on what Jesus went through for us shows the amount of love He has bestowed upon us. I am so thankful that He would give His perfect life for us sinners whose righteousness is as filthy rags. The talk about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was prophesied all the way back to Old Testament days. God let people know that there would be a Savior that would come, and He would save us from our sins.
Christ came to free us from the demands of the law. In Paul’s words, “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Paul’s encouragement to quit following the false gospel is relieving for many, including myself. Knowing all that matters is faith working through love is the most fulfilling, freeing promise from God.