Posts Tagged ‘Belief’

Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Shares a Parable of Response and Responsibility (Luke 19:11-28)

Jesus tells what we call “The Parable of the Nobleman.” The nobleman needs to go away for an unspecified time to receive a kingdom. Before he leaves, he gives 10 of his servants each a sum of money to invest for him. Somewhere along the process, subjects of his kingdom send notice to him that they will not receive him as their king. The nobleman leaves, and after some time returns. He calls his servants and has them each give a report of what they had accomplished with his money. Some servants excel and report very high earnings, for which the nobleman rewards them with significant promotions. Another servant simply hid the money in lazy fashion and returned the same amount back to his master. The nobleman scolds the servant and gives the existing money to one of the obedient high-achievers. Once the nobleman deals with the servants, he brings the rebellious citizens before him and has them executed.

As the parable suggests, you are in one of two groups regarding your relationship with God: You are either (1) an inside servant (a believer), or (2) an outside rejector.  God will judge both. If you are an inside servant, you are either (1) obeying God by doing what He has assigned you to do, or you are (2) disobediently ignoring what your Master has assigned (and either way, you will give an account). Which group are you in? Which focus do you have?

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Jesus Seeks a Sinful Man that Seeks After Him (Luke 19:1-10)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Seeks a Sinful Man that Seeks After Him (Luke 19-10)

You may have heard of the account of Zacchaeus as a child. This man was hated by his countrymen for at least two reasons. First, he collected taxes for the occupying Roman government. He was a traitor in the eyes of those around him. Second, the way he gained his great wealth was by overcharging his countrymen when collecting taxes. They hated him as a thief. This man, short in stature, knew of his great sinfulness and sought to catch a glimpse of Jesus by climbing a tree. Jesus not only saw this man but went to his house. Zacchaeus believed and was changed forever. He made it right with everyone he cheated and gave his remaining money to the poor. God can save the worst of sinners, and thereby change worst of sinners.

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Jesus Takes Time for a Blind Man (Luke 18:35-43)

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Jesus Takes Time for a Blind Man (Luke 18:35-43)

Luke records the account of a blind man who heard Jesus coming. The blind man began crying out to Jesus for mercy, believing He was the prophesied Son of David. The crowd tried to quiet the blind man, but he cried out all the more. Jesus indeed took note of this sightless man who understood more than the rest. Jesus healed this blind man because the blind man believed who Jesus truly was and thus, what He could do. Do you believe in Jesus?

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Jesus Speaks of Focus, Forgiveness, and Faith (Luke 17:3-6)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Jesus Speaks of Focus, Forgiveness, and Faith (Luke 17:3-6)

Jesus commands us to watch our worse enemy – SELF. Jesus then commands us to rebuke those that sin against us, and to forgive those that repent. When the apostles hear this, they express in dismay their need for more faith (belief) before they could comply with these commands. Jesus, by illustration, explains that faith is not a matter of quantity but of obedience.

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The Resurrection Makes All the Difference (1 Cor 15:1-34)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Believe it or reject it: Jesus rose from the dead or He did not. If He did not, then party hardy, because there is nothing after this life. However, if He DID rise again (and there’s no evidence to the contrary), then that changes EVERYTHING: Everyone will be judged. Your only hope is Jesus death and resurrection. If you are a believer, you need to make up your mind and be ALL IN or ALL OUT. You can’t live in a world where you define Jesus as you want. He is the Savior or He is not.

Timeline of Truth – Abram Believes (Gen 15:1-6)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

How was Abram (Abraham) saved in the Old Testament? By faith! We look at this key passage which is referred to in detail in the New Testament in several places. Salvation involves being fully persuaded that God can and will perform what He has promised.

Basic Discipline #7: Gospel Sharing – The Responsibility to Believe

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The Bible speaks in terms of a person needing to “obey the gospel.” What does this mean?

Basic Discipline #7: Gospel Sharing – What One MUST Believe to Be Saved

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

What exactly MUST one believe to be saved? We live in a day when the Gospel is convoluted, distorted, and oversimplified or overcomplicated, we need to clear the air and see what the Bible says is required to be saved.

When the Word Came to Earth: 3 Responses (John 1:10-12)

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to them that believe on His name.”

John records 3 responses to Jesus when He was on earth: the response of the world; the response of Israel (a nation), and the response of some individuals. Which group describes you?

Jesus Is LIGHT: Believe It and Live It (John 8,11,12)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

We take a brief look at three more chapters in the Gospel of John that tell some very clear things about LIGHT. We must believe the light, and we must live the light. Failing to do both leaves us in a terrible state!