The doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ is undisputed and affirmed by both the Old and New Testaments. It is maintained and defended by the majority who profess Jesus Christ. Via the avenue of apologetics, the case for the deity of Jesus Christ is proven, the verses are quoted and the texts cited. If it be so that Jesus is God, what must the implications be for our lives? What of its impact? I fear that many can affirm the words “Lord” and “God”, and yet know nothing of the reality of these words in practice!! Could it possibly be conceived that it will do, to simply attach the Lord God of heaven to our lives as an add-on and continue to live as we please?
The question is not whether He is “Lord and God”, of that He most certainly is!! The question is, can you say with Thomas “My Lord and my God”?
What happens when one sits under the truth of God’s Word week in and week out and does nothing about that which God is instructing him? Margaret Chan, the director of the World Health Organisation stood up in a conference in 2014 and warned that life as we know it may be about to come to an end. What was the context in which she spoke these words? She was responding to the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. She said that in the last 25 years, bacteria have become increasingly immune to the antibiotics in our medical arsenal due to an overexposure to antibiotics through doctors prescribing them too freely. So it is when we fail to appropriate to our lives the truth of God’s Word, we build up an immunity to truth and our hearts grow hard!! In response to the medical problem, Margaret Chan said that the cupboard is nearly bear!! For the Christian unmoved by truth, I simply ask, what more can be said?
This sermon is a warning against resisting the truth of God. When the Lord is convicting our hearts to turn from sin and is persistent in calling us to such; if we repent not when God has done all to effect that repentance, what more can be done? When everything has been said and done, what then? The Lord reserved some of His most scathing words to such people, may we be not found as them!!
For many, the issue of fruit bearing in the Christian life is a mere side issue, one that is perhaps the concern of the more "committed", for those who are the more "spiritual". For such, Christianity is nothing more that a one-way ticket to heaven!! Their sins have been forgiven, their names are in the Lamb's book of life; they attend Church faithfully and try to read their Bible from time to time, but when it comes to bearing fruit, their lives are barren!
This sermon brings home the awesome reality of what it is to truly be born again of the Spirit, namely the kingdom of heaven coming into the soul of a man, the result being a transformed life! We see clearly from the Word of God, that the issue of fruit bearing is not confined to a select few but is and must be the concern of all who name the name of Jesus Christ and profess to be Christians! Are you bearing fruit in your Christian life? The key to bearing fruit is in the words of our Lord; abide in me!!
There exists a generation whose haughty cry ascends up into heaven; it cries forth not that power belongeth unto God but rather, power belongeth unto man. From the media and arts, to the world of science, medicine and engineering, the consensus is the same….man in all his brilliance has superceded God!! Yet, as man pulls further and further away from God, distancing himself from His laws and precepts, an ever widening chasm of blackness is opening beneath his feet that is engulfing our society. To the generation that cries “away with God”, with that same cry shall also flee morality, goodness, safety and light and that society will be plunged into moral darkness!
This message is a timely encouragement in an hour of worsening darkness; our God is still on the throne!! “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God” (Ps. 62:11). Through the accounts of three great deliverances that God wrought in the lives of three kings, we shall indeed that the battle is not ours, but God’s!! Be encouraged dear Saints of God, know that in the midst of your difficulty, power belongeth unto God!!
There sounds forth across our western world, an ever increasing and all too familiar cry; judge not!! In a post-modern world, where we are told, "what's right for you is right for you and what's right for me is right for me"; men are left to determine their own morality so long as it does not clash with the moral-majority and the socially accepted norm of the day. Dare one try to define morality from the Word of God and he is met with the angry expression, "who are you to judge me!!" "Judge not" has become the mantra of this age and sadly is all too often being heard coming from the lips of professing Christians.
There exists much confusion in the Church regarding this issue of "judge not". Is it ever right for a Christian to pass judgement and if so, when? Is it every wrong for a Christian to judge another brother or sister, and if so, in what context? This sermon attempts to answer these questions and to give a biblical answer to the command, "judge not".