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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
Bible Search
INNER BATTLES and the CULTURE WAR

Hebrews 13:6 - “So we can confidently say the Lord is my helper; I will not fear what can man do to me.”

 

When Peter writes to the church in 1 Peter, He talk about Jesus as a precious stone and he says for some people this stone is good and gives honor.  This stone is the cornerstone, for other people this stone is a stone of offense and a stumbling block.  In other words, Peter is saying some will love Jesus while others will despise Him.  He is making a bold assertion and it is this, there are two kinds of people, the saved and the lost and because of that and because of the negative nature of sin this life can be a battle and a struggle.  In fact as followers of Christ we struggle with culture on a daily basis because as Peter says it is opposed to Jesus.  This world has a drastically different outlook, a drastically different starting point, a radically different way of looking at life because the foundation of this world is not Jesus Christ.  Our culture is built on self, and on sin.

 

The motto of the world isn’t, “what does God think?” but rather “do what you feel” or “what is true for me may not be true for you.”  However we as follower of Jesus believe that there is an absolute truth, that what is true for one person is true for another, and further we believe that this truth is rooted in the word of God and in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Bible says, “God’s word is true” and it describes Jesus as the “living Word of God”, and that He is full of “grace and truth.”  So we believe that we build our lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ and His truth, our culture believes something else entirely, so it becomes obvious why life is such a struggle.  Life can be a battle, and of course everyday we are called to “get our minds right” (1 Peter 1:13).  Which means that everyday there is a war within us fought between our own desire to glorify self and its unholy ally of culture, and the Christian worldview that we have as followers of Jesus.  This struggle can be a raging battle.  Do I do what I want? Do I do what I feel? OR Do I accept that God’s word is truth and do I base my life on what God says.  It is a real and constant struggle.  

 

When we give into sin and self, we are losing the battle.  The truth of the Gospel says however that we may lose the battle but win the war, because God in His grace continues to love us and in reality His word assures us “that we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us” (Romans 8).

 

I heard someone say one time “God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay there.”  I fully believe that that is true.  The Gospel tells us that God loves us just the way we are, He went to the cross and died for our salvation “while we were yet sinners.”  But He does not want us to stay in our sins.  What did He tell the woman caught in adultery? Go and sin no more.  He loved her, in fact He rescued her, but He wanted her to change for her own good and for the glory of God.  He wants the same for us.

 

God wants us to triumph over sin, over self, and over the lies of culture.  He doesn’t want us to lose even a battle in this inner war.  He wants us to become more like Jesus and through His Spirit He is transforming us day by day.  Yet life can still be a struggle and a battle.  Some days we may feel like we will never overcome that destructive sin.  We may never rise above that negative thought pattern.  The good news however says that we can.

 

The writer of Hebrews says, “The Lord is my helper.”  How’s that for a bold assertion? The Lord (Almighty God, the creator of this universe, the one who holds the world in His hands) is your helper.  He is powerful yet personal.  He cares and He wants you to win the battle.  That is life changing news.  The great puritan pastor, William Gurnall in his book The Christian in Complete Armour puts it this way, “saints (followers of Jesus) should consider that the power of God is available for them.  They should impress it upon their souls until all their doubts and fears are silenced. Every believer may boldly say ‘God will help’ not ‘perhaps He will’.  We may boldy assert it before men and devils because the Almighty said it.” 

 

Sometimes we get too caught up in the scope of our problems and that includes our own nature and problem with sin.  We get overwhelmed by it believing that we cannot overcome.  That is but a half truth, we cannot overcome but God can and the Bible majestically says, “The Lord is my helper.”  You don’t have to give into sin, you don’t have to give into temptation, you can overcome the lies of the world.  You really can “get your mind right” and stop listening to this culture that it opposed to Jesus.  You really can build your life, and the life of your family upon God’s truth because God is your helper.  You really can live for His glory.