A Christian Bill of Rights

Your response to our study of First Peter is a great source of encouragement to me. The Lord is obviously using His Word to enable us to become more like Christ.

Your response from the last two sermons on submission – as citizens (1 Peter 2:13-17) and as servants (1 Peter 2:18-21) – is evidence of God’s grace at work in our lives.

Provided below is a copy of Steve Camp’s A Christian Bill of Rights I shared with you at the conclusion of yesterday’s message. I share it with you, once again, for your spiritual encouragement and refreshment.

In an age where people are consumed with asserting their rights, it is an “other worldly love” that compels us to lay down our rights as Christians to ensure a real witness for our faith in the Lord Jesus resulting in our neighbors experiencing the benefits of grace in our own lives – which is good and profitable for all men (Titus 1:8).

In that spirit, I humbly offer you the following.

  1. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we have only one right: and that is to give up all rights to ourselves (2 Cor. 5:14-16;Romans 14:7-9).

  2. We have the right to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Mt. 16:24-26).

  3. We have the right to esteem others more highly than ourselves; and love our neighbor as ourselves (Mt. 22:39;Phil. 2:1-5).

  4. We have the right to fulfill the law of Christ in bearing one another’s burdens of sin (Gal. 6:1-3).

  5. We have the right to be wronged and to maintain a faithful testimony (1 Cor. 6:1-8).

  6. We have the right to live in unreciprocated, self-sacrificial love (Eph. 5:1-2).

  7. We have the right to forgive others the smaller debt, as God in Christ has forgiven us the larger debt (Eph. 4:31-32;Matthew 18:12-35).

  8. We have the right to suffer for the gospel and to take the blows for the One who took the blows for us (1 Peter 2:21-24)

  9. We have the right to be“subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men” (Titus 3:1-2).

  10. We have the right to not be political agitators trading the truth of His Word to play politics with men’s souls; thinking that true spiritual change occurs through legislation rather than the transforming power of the gospel of grace. (1 Peter 4:10-16).

  11. We have the right to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39).

  12. We have the right to be stripped of all earthly things (Matthew 5:40-42).

  13. We have the right to not repay evil for evil and to be at peace with all men as much as it depends on you (Romans 12:17-18).

  14. We have the right to love our enemies, do good to them that hate us, bless those who curse us and pray for those that despitefully use us (Matthew 5:44-45).

  15. We have the right to pursue holiness-not personal happiness (1 Peter 1:13-16).

  16. We have the right not to be ashamed of the gospel (2 Tim. 1:6-18).

  17. We have the right not to harbor revenge, anger, bitterness, clamoring, wrath, malice and slander when wronged by another (Ephesians 4:31).

  18. We have the right not to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:30;1 Thess. 5:19).

  19. We have the right to repent of and not cherish our sins (Psalm 66:18).

  20. We have the right to guard the trust; and to contend for the once for all delivered to the saints faith (1 Timothy 6:20;Jude 1:3).

  21. We have the right to train our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-3).

  22. We have the right to reflect God’s covenantal relationship with us by honoring our vows in the covenant of marriage with our spouse Mt. 19:6).

  23. We have the right to worship Christ Jesus as God of very God; Creator; Redeemer; Sovereign Lord and Ruler of all (Col. 1:15-19;Hebrews 1:8; Phil. 2:5-11).

  24. We have the right to present our lives as living sacrifices everyday to God (Roms. 12:1-2).

  25. We have the right to live in the expectancy and hope of the Lord’s return by which we purify ourselves (Roms. 12:1-2).

  26. We have the right to march daily on our knees in prayer; praying for our leaders in government; our church leaders; our fellow believers; our families; and the lost (1 Timothy 2:1-3;Ephesians 6:18-21).

  27. We have the right to praise and glorify God according to how He has revealed Himself through the pages of His Word (Col. 3:16-17).

  28. We have the right to honor our local church pastors; for they keep watch over our souls as those who will give an account (Hebrews 13:17).

  29. We have the right to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20).

  30. We have the right to have no rights apart from Christ Himself; “for whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it”(Matt. 16:25: John 15:5).

Source: www.stevenjcamp.blogspot.com/

Seven Pictures of Salvation

Seven Pictures of Salvation

Will McRaney, in his book, The Are of Personal Evangelism, writes, “Mark McCloskey in his outstanding book Tell It Often – Tell it Well, summarized seven pictures of salvation found in the Bible.”

  1. Regeneration: From Death to Life (2 Cor 5:17)
  1. Reconciliation: From Enemy to Friend (Rom 5:10)
  1. Propitiation: From Wrath to Mercy (1 John 4:10)
  1. Sanctification: A Change in Ownership (Acts 26:18)
  1. Redemption: From the Slavery to Freedom (1 Pet 1:18)
  1. Justification: From Guilt to Acquittal (Rom 3:24)
  1. Adoption: A Change in Families (Gal 4:4-7)

                  William McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism

                               (Nashville, TN:B & H Publishing Group, 2003)pp. 81

Old Has Gone, New Has Come

A woman who had been his mistress once approached St. Augustine, who was converted as an adult. When he saw her he turned and walked away quickly but she called out after him,  “Augustine! It’s me! It’s me!” 

Quickening his pace, this new believer called back over his shoulder, “Yes, I know. But it’s no longer me.”

Augustine knew that because of his experience of grace because of his faith in Jesus, his old self was dead. He had “died” to that way of thinking. He could now choose righteousness instead of sin. He understood that as Paul writes in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is IN CHRIST, he is a NEW creation. The old has gone, the NEW has come.”

 

Opening the Doors of the Church

We can no longer assume that if people want to find God or discover meaning or cope with personal crisis, they will go to church. They may attend any number of religious bodies or sects. Or they may go to a therapist. Or read a self-help book. Merely opening our doors each Sunday is no longer sufficient. Offering a good product is not enough… What is clear that great swathes of America will not be reached through Sunday morning services.

Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Everyday Church: Gospel Communities and Mission (Wheaton, IL.: Crossway, 2012), 15.

The Bible Is

The Bible contains

The mind of God

The state of man

The way of salvation

The doom of sinners

The happiness of believers

The Light to direct you

The Food to support you and the Comfort to cheer you.

The Bible is

The traveler’s map

The pilgrim’s staff

The pilot’s compass

The soldier’s sword

The Christian’s charter

A mine of wealth

A paradise of glory and a river of pleasure

The Bible’s

Doctrines are holy

Precepts are binding

Histories are true and Decisions are immutable.

Christ is the grand subject of the Bible!

Our good is the great design of the Bible!

The glory of God is the glorious end of the Bible!

Believe it to be saved, practice it to be holy and read it to be wise.

The New Testament Has Changed Me

When E.V. Rieu was translating the New Testament for Penguin Books, his son remarked, “It will be interesting to see what dad makes of the Gospels, but it will be more interesting to see what the New Testament makes of him.”

After his work was finished, the translator stated, “My work on the New Testament has changed me.”

 

Why I Preach Through Books of the Bible

Why I Preach Through Books of the Bible

If you have been at CrossPoint for any lengthy of time you have noticed that it is my practice to preach through books of the Bible. I preach through books of the Bible for many reasons. Provided below are the six reasons I listed for you yesterday in the introduction to my message from 1 Peter 1:17-21.

#1 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us learn the Bible.

#3 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us see the full storyline of redemption in the Bible.

#3 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us grow spiritually.

#4 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us see the providence of God.

#5 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us develop the spiritual fruit of patience, perseverance & endurance.

#6 Preaching through a book of the Bible helps us stay on message.

The last reason – to say on message – is the most important reason for me to preach through books of the Bible.

All preachers have a tendency to lean toward his preferred topics, subjects or passages. Preaching through the Bible protects the pastor and his people from making that mistake.

Staying on message also forces the preacher to deal with controversial, scandalous or boring parts of the Bible.

Staying on message is vital to the life and health of a congregation.

Praying for the DEEPER weekend

Praying for the DEEPER weekend

This weekend, over 200 students and adults will be involved in the annual DEEPER weekend at CrossPoint. We will use seventeen houses offered by CrossPoint members to host our students for a weekend of Bible study and fellowship.

This year, we have invited Gary Morgan, pastor of Mosaic Church in Nashville, to be our guest speaker. Gary will also be preaching for us on Sunday morning at 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 AM. Taylor Agan, the worship leader for Redemption City church in Nashville, will lead our worship.

How can you pray for our students as we take them DEEPER in the Gospel?

  • Pray for lost students to hear, respond, and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for students to be strengthened in their faith-filled journey of making Jesus known in their lives.
  • Pray for Gary Morgan, our guest speaker, as he faithfully preaches God’s Word.
  • Pray for Taylor Agan, our guest music leader, as he leads students musically to worship Jesus.
  • Pray for all the host homes as they graciously host a group of students throughout the weekend.
  • Pray for all the college bible study leaders as they teach, engage, and invest the truth of God into the hearts of our students.
  • Pray for God’s glory to be experienced!

Because the Resurrection is True

Because the Resurrection is True

Dr. Gary Habermas is a Professor of Theology, and a student on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has debated atheists and overturned their arguments against this great truth. But in 1995 his wife Debbie was dying of stomach cancer, what good was his faith then?

He relates the story to Lee Stroble saying, “This was the worst thing that could possibly happen.”

He turned and looked straight at me. “But you know what was amazing? My students would call me – not just one, but several of them – and say, ‘At a time like this, aren’t you glad about the resurrection?’ As sober as those circumstances were, I had to smile for two reasons. First, my students were trying to cheer me up with my own teaching. And second, it worked.”

“It was a horrible emotional time for me, but I couldn’t get around the fact that the resurrection is the answer for her suffering. I still worried; I still wondered what I’d do raising four kids alone. But there wasn’t a time when that truth didn’t comfort me.”

“Losing my wife was the most painful experience I’ve ever had to face, but if the Resurrection could get me through that, it can get me through anything. It was good for 30 A.D., it’s good for 1995, it’s good for now, and it’s good beyond that.”

Habermas locked eyes with mine. “That’s not some sermon,” he said quietly. “I believe that with all my heart. If there’s a resurrection, there’s a heaven. If Jesus was raised, Debbie was raised. And I will be someday, too. Then I’ll see them both.”

Lee Stroble. The Case for Christ, Chapter 13.