It’s an alarming trend in Christianity today, that the church is ever looking more and more like the world, in some cases almost indistinguishable from the world. The church of God is called to be the salt of the earth and a city set on a hill. We are called to stand out in this world, and for our salt to preserve the culture around us. When the church abdicates it’s responsibility to “shake” out salt and “shine” out the light of the world, the culture decays around us, which is what we are seeing. The church needs to recommit to “shake and shine” to glorify our God in this world.
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“13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:13-16)
When we consider the steady decline to ungodliness in our culture, it is easy to blame everyone else instead of truly examining ourselves in the church. I believe the steady decline in morality around us is a direct reflection of the impact of the church as salt and light on the culture around us. If our culture is decaying around us, it is because the salt of the church is not preserving the culture. If darkness is prevailing, it is because the light of the world is not shining forth properly and have put our candlestick under a bushel. When you go to the doctor, you don’t blame him for the reality of your diagnosis. You should want your physician to tell you the truth of what is wrong with you so you can remedy the problem. You also don’t put your head in the sand and ignore the doctor’s counsel and diagnosis – you are having these symptoms, so therefore, you have this problem. We must consider the church’s salt and light effect in the culture around us that is rapidly deteriorating.
We see in the life of Queen Esther how God is oftentimes working behind the scenes in our lives, even when we don’t know how or what God is up to. Every day our actions impact the lives of others, and we never know to what degree we are put in positions to bless others. Such as Esther, we don’t know if we are “come to the kingdom for such a time as this”? Therefore, we trust God to providentially guide and direct our steps in our lives and pray for us to be a blessing to others by God’s guiding unseen hand.
These messages were delivered by Pastor David on the Gospel of Grace Radio Broadcast from October 2020 to March 2021. From Ephesians 6:10-20, we consider the necessity of putting on the whole armour of God to withstand the wiles of the devil. Just as a Roman legionary (pictured to left) must be fully equipped for battle with every necessary piece of his armour to be successful in the warfare, the child of God must also be fully prepared to fight in service to the Lord in his army. We are all soldiers in the Lord’s army and must put on all 7 pieces of the armour of God, lest we be extremely vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. In our warfare of faith, we must be strong and trust in the power of God’s might and put on the whole armour of God.
Our God makes all things new. God’s mercies and compassion are new unto his people every morning. It’s a great blessing to know that we wake up every day with a new, fresh day with a blank slate for God to bless us in. Sometimes we might feel as if we are too messed up for God to begin a new work in us, but our God makes all things new. The first step in this new work is regeneration in which God makes us a new creature by giving us a new spirit in our soul. Then, after we are made a new creature, we can serve the Lord in newness of life.
“5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:5)
Our God is in the business of making all things new. He is the God of new beginnings. As we embark on a new year in 2021, it can be a blessing to feel like you have a new year with a fresh, new, blank slate on which to write new blessings and new life experiences throughout this coming year. Each new day is like a new page in the book of our life. Every new year is like a new chapter in that book. God is in the business of turning the page to a new blessed chapter in our lives. There are many examples in scriptures of those who endured very difficult seasons of their life – some very hard pages and chapters – but then God turned the page and gave them a new chapter in their life. In like manner, we need to take this new year, this new day, as an opportunity for God to write a new, blessed chapter in our lives.
When we consider eternal salvation, as Primitive Baptists we simply take Jesus at his word on the cross when he declared “It Is Finished”! We must then ask, what did Jesus actually finish on the cross? Did Christ just do his part of salvation and now he is waiting and dependent upon the sinner to believe to actually be fully saved? No, the Bible teaches that Jesus completed all the requirements for eternal salvation on the cross. Let us consider together the many verses that present the “past tense” nature of our eternal salvation – that Jesus has “finished” our eternal salvation and we rest in Jesus’ finished work of salvation today.
When we consider eternal salvation, as Primitive Baptists, we take Jesus at his word on the cross when he declared “It Is Finished”. What then did Jesus actually finish on the cross? Did he just do his part of salvation, and now he’s waiting and dependent upon the sinner to believe to actually be fully saved? No, the Bible teaches that Jesus completed all the requirements for eternal salvation on the cross. We consider many verses that present the “past tense” nature of our eternal salvation – that Jesus has “finished” our salvation and we rest in Jesus’ finished work of salvation today.
Follow this link to read an article on this subject as well: http://macedonia-pbc.org/articles/it-is-finished/
Visiting Minister Elder Buddy Abernathy identifies the difference between fellowship with God in our lives of discipleship and our relationship as children of God. It’s true that some children do not act as honorable to their parents as they ought, but that does not mean they cease to be children. When we as the children of God, confess our sins, the Lord is willing and ready to forgive our sins when we repent from our wayward deeds.
Message delivered by Elder David Wise at Tyler PBC in Tyler, TX on 12/20/2020. When we consider the birth of Jesus, it’s a divine mystery how that little bitty, normal-looking child was actually God manifest in the flesh – both the Son of man and the Son of God. The titles of Jesus in this text give us a glimpse into the divinity of this little child – Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.