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Following Jesus & The Word Transition

Posted by Jason on January 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Following the Lord is exciting, fun and difficult at times.  He calls us to follow Him and if we do He will make us fishers of men.  Often times we want to learn how to become fishers of men without following Jesus as He leads us.  Mark it down, obeying and following Jesus is what God has called us to do in this life as believers.  


With all of that said, the word transition comes to mind.  The word "Transition" is defined by webster as the process or period of changing from one state or condition to another.  Transition and change go hand in hand and as creatures of habit we dont like change very much.  


However, following Jesus is all about change and transition.  If a person is truly following the Lord then they are submitting to His leadership, guidance and ultimately the transformation of their life.  With that comes change.  


2 Corinthians 5:14-20 speaks of how a person is changed spiritually.  Verse 17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."


Here is a simple outline and thought as I look at this text that speaks of a transition or a change. 

1. Jesus gives the person a "New Master".  v20 says that we are ambassadors for Christ.

2. Jesus gives the person a "New Morality".  v17 says old things have passed away, all things become new".

3. Jesus gives the person "New Associates". v18 says that we are now in the ministry of reconciliation. We engage new people and partner with Gods people in this ministry.


A New master, morality and associates.  When all of that is new to a person then change has come, a transition has occured.  They have changed from one state of living to another.  God wants this new life for every person.  A life of change and transition that is dependent upon His Holy Spirit, His Word and His Son.


If this all sounds foreign to you, and you dont want any part of this.....then you may not be following Jesus at all.  Why?  Because a person cannot follow their own heart and their own desires and follow Jesus at the same time...that is unless He has changed your heart and desires to look like His.

Why Christians Should Say No To Alcohol

Posted by Jason on February 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

As Valentine's Day draws near, I am reminded of a sermon that I preached back in February of 2010.  It was the Sunday closest to the holiday and our media director asked If I was preaching on the topic of love.  I surprised him when I gave him my sermon title "Alcohol and the Believer"! 

 

I preached this sermon due to the fact that many Christians have a "non-biblical" view toward casual drinking.  I have also discovered many preachers that are soft on this subject and steer away from it completely or they preach that a person can drink casually as long as they don't become drunk.  After reading the Bible 9 times in 14 years I can quickly say that alcohol does not belong in the life of the believer or anyone else for that matter.  The Bible would also counsel us to stay away from any "mind-altering" or "faculty-altering" drugs that could impair our judgment.

 

With all of this said, I am going to share a few of my study notes from that 2010 sermon. 

 

Priesthood in the Old Testament

Leviticus 10:9-11

“Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. That you may distinguish yourself between holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean. And that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses.”

 

God commanded that the priests refrain from drinking wine or intoxicating drink in order that they might teach God’s people the difference between holy and unholy, clean and unclean.

 

When you fast forward to the N.T. you find believers “in Christ” have become priests.

 

Priesthood of the Believer in the New Testament

1 Peter 2:1-5

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

1 Peter 2:9-10

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now a people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”

 

This mandate we find in Leviticus carries over into the people of God today. We, the body of Christ, in Christ Jesus have become a royal priesthood. In fact, we are the temple (which the Holy Spirit indwells) and the priests that serve the Lord with and in “our” temple. For us (as Priests) to bring wine or intoxicating drink into our bodies (the temple) would be sin.

 

Peter, knowing that the Holy Spirit indwells believers.

Peter, knowing that our bodies are the temple of the H.S.,

Peter, knowing that we are to be Christlike,

Peter, knowing we are following in the pattern of Christ, who is our great high priest….

 

Calls us, the church, the believers, the Christians, he calls us “a holy priesthood” in v5, and then in v9 Peter calls us a “royal priesthood”. A holy nation, Gods own special people, so that we might proclaim his praises, look at v9,

“who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.

 

We have been called out of darkness, We are now in the light.

 

We are now considered by God, priests, a royal priesthood that serves God continually…continually in His presence due to the fact that the Holy Spirit lives within us.

 

In Christ, we are all priests, on duty serving the Lord 24/7.

Jesus Doesn't Want Anyone To Perish

Posted by Jason on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

We are living at a time when the world is growing darker by the day, and it seems as if the Church and the light that she is trying to shine is growing dim. During these dark days, our light, the light of Christ, needs to be shining brightly.

 

 

Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

 

 

However, at the same time, in the Body of Christ, there is an on-going debate concerning just "who" God will save or desires to save. Thie debate that is going on causes the light that we are trying to shine, to flicker.

 

 

The Calvinistic / highly intellectual preachers that focus their attention on verses like Romans 8:29 and Ephesians 1:5,11 suggest that Jesus' death was never intended to potentially save anyone and everyone that would believe. For this crowd the "predestined" are pre-determined by God....meaning....that when a person is born they are either heading toward an eternity in heaven or they are heading toward an eternity in hell......and.....in their opinion God has pre-destined this and the person regardless of repentance will go to their pre-determined eternal home. The Calvinistic preachers of today take the "free will" that God has given us and they throw it out the window. Not to mention they ignore Jesus' words, one of those passages includes Matthew 18:14.

 

 

Jesus said in Matt. 18:14 "Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." The Apostle Peter later in life, as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote something very similar in 2 Peter 3:9.

 

 

2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

 

 

The Apostle Peter just said that Jesus, the Lord, is not slack concerning His promise.

 

 

What promise? The promise that He made in John 3:16 and in other scripture where He promises eternal life to those that repent and believe on Him for salvation.

 

 

The bottom line is this - Jesus doesn't want anyone to perish. Jesus doesn't want anyone to go to hell.

 

 

Friends, bookstores have shelves lined with books written by Calvinistic authors. Theologians and authors that perhaps have many good things to write about......but.....If I were you I would be careful listening to or reading material from anyone that has a wrong view of the doctrine of salvation.

 

 

Once again, I am writing this blog after returning from yet another conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention.....only to find two Calvinistic preachers in the line up of guest speakers. Don't get me wrong, I love the Southern Baptist Convention and I believe we have good doctrinal positions....but somehow we keep letting the Calvinist have the microphone. "Lord, may we not intentionally allow people to be led astray by false doctrine."

The Gift Of Jesus Giving It All

Posted by Jason on December 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Christmas time is here once again and with all of the busy plans, parties, programs, dinners etc.....for me comes the taskk of preparing a few sermons that touch on Christmas.  I will quickly confess that I am not the best holiday preacher. 

This year, however, the Lord has blessed me with a few good sermons to preach.  The title of my December 23rd message is "We Celebrate Christmas Because Christ Gave It All".

The outline the Lord gave me is from John 3:16 and is as follows:

1) The Motive of Christmas - God So Loved The World

2) The Gift of Christmas - He Gave His Only Begotten Son

3) The Requirement of Christmas - Believe On His Name

I am so thankful that the greatest gift of all is eternal life through Jesus Christ.  Its the greatest gift because Christ gave it all....He laid down His life so that we could have eternal life.  He took our sin, shame and guilt and gave us His righteousness.  Talk about an exchange!  Thank you Jesus!

When The Lord Builds The House

Posted by Jason on May 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

On April 29, 2012 FBC Gordonsville broke ground on a building project that included a sanctuary expansion, new foyer, family life center, additional educational space and additional parking.  It was a historical day in the life of our church. 

I gave some counsel to our church that related to this building project.  I reminded our people that the "Lord" was building the house, not us.  He, God, was initiating this expansion, not us.  Therefore, the Lord needs to get all of the glory.  At the same time the Lord does use people, individual Christians and congregations to accomplish His will.  But in the end....it is the Lord that builds the house.

Psalm 127:1 says, "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it..."

When I look back over the last few years at FBC Gordonsville, I cannot but conclude that the Lord is building the house.  This year alone, through 9 months, the Lord has sent 38 additions into FBCG (nearly 20 of those are through baptism).  Over the last 4 years we have baptized 70 people and seen another 40 move their membership to FBCG.   I cannot produce those kinds of results.  A good church full of good people cannot produce those kinds of results.  Only the Lord and His hand on a church can produce that kind of growth.  Now I suppose a church that uses candy sticks and dog and pony shows to draw people in, might draw a crowd.....but at FBC Gordonsville our philosophy and goal is simple and biblical.  We are here as worshippers and children of God with the purpose of reaching the lost and discipling the saved. 

When a church keeps the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) at the very heart of all that they do.....that church can expect the Lord to produce some fruit.  Remember, the Lord produces the fruit, we simply bear the fruit.  Our job as Christians and churches is to walk in obedience to the Lord and be willing to bear the fruit that He wants to produce.

I have great peace as our church undergoes many months of construction....the reason?  I have peace because I am not building the house.....the Lord is building the house.

 

When All Of Your Kids Are Saved!

Posted by Jason on April 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I am blessed to be married to Nikki and I am blessed to be the father of three beautiful girls!  All of which, I am proud to announce, are saved by the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ.  Nikki and I have been saved for years, but as a married couple, we have had the joy of witnessing all three of our girls come to know Jesus Christ.  Paige and Ally were both saved while we lived in Lebanon.

 

Paige was my first baptism at Rocky Valley Baptist Church, and over 85 baptisms later, Ally was my last baptism in that wonderful old sanctuary.  They both were saved years apart at the same event "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" held at Hillcrest Baptist Church.  I always used to jokingly say that when the Lord begins to draw our youngest daughter( Hannah) to Himself, that we will load up and drive to Hillcrest once again!  I am proud to announce that Hannah, our youngest child, got saved last night in our master bath room.....she knelt down and prayed between the sink and the ironing board!   The Lord had been speaking to her heart for many weeks. 

 

John 6:44 says, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day."  Verse 45 goes on to say, "Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me."  Then a most amazing promise in V47, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life."

 

The bottom line is this....God the Father draws sinners to the Savior, brings conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment, then upon the broken will of a convicted sinner calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit brings about regeneration...the repentant sinner is born again and has everlasting life.

 

In praying for lost people we need to pray for the Seed to be sown into their hearts...

In praying for lost people we need to pray for the Father to draw them to the Savior...

In praying for lost people we need to pray for them to have the courage to surrender their heart to Christ and be born again.

 

With that said....who do you need to be praying for?  Is there a lost person in your life that needs Christ?  If so, keep pleading for the Lord to speak to their heart.... for Him to continually draw them to Himself.   Who knows, they just might get saved in a church service, at a drama like Heaven's Gates/Hell's Flames, or in a bath room!

What's Right With The Church?

Posted by Jason on March 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Have you ever noticed that it's really easy to pick something apart? or pick someone apart?  Have you ever noticed how easy it is to spot deficiencies in other people or see what's wrong with other individuals or organizations?

 

I really think as Christians we sometimes think "fault finding" is a spiritual gift.  And you know what it does seem as if some peoople have a real good eye for spotting other people's short-comings.  Occasionally I myself can be pretty good at seeing the plank in someone elses eye.

 

Over the last few years it seems as if some Christians within the Body of Christ are doing all they can to pick the established church apart....  established church meaning a church that has operated in a particular way for years and years.  Call it church polity, administration, leadership structure or maybe to put it more simply "how we operate" as a church.  As I read Christian articles, publications, blogs and so on, it seems as if the church is being picked apart by a new generation of pastors/church leaders that believe they need to re-invent the wheel.  It's as if everything we as the established church have done in the past is all of the sudden wrong.

 

In short, every time I turn around it seems like someone is trying to tell us "what's wrong with the church".  And by the way, I know we need to do more to reach lost souls, I know we need to adjust how we operate from time to time....but I'm afraid some of these new thoughts concerning church structure/administration and church polity just might throw the baby out with the bath water.

 

As I look to the Word of God I see an example of "what's right with the church".  The example is in Acts 9:31.  "Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria had peace and were edified.  And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied."

 

What was right with the churches listed in v31?

1. There was a climate of peace.

2. There was consistant spiritual growth, they were being edified.

3. There was a compelling spirit among them.  They were walking with the Lord.

4. There was consistant numerical growth.  They were being multiplied.

5. They were focused on God.  They walked in the fear of the Lord.

Now, I will be the first to tell you these five characteristics need to be found in all of our churches.  If they are absent then something "is" wrong.  But if some of these characteristics are present then let's note that they are and not act as if everything we are doing is wrong.

 

When I consider the text surrounding this one verse and closely examine verse 31, I have to ask myself the question...."What role can I play in making the church a success in the Lord's eyes?"  My prayer should be "Lord help me to prayefully support the churches good characteristics and strengthen those that need some help.  Lord help me be part of the solution and not just the critic".

 

As a pastor that has been used by God to bring some much needed change in a few churches, I still find myself in awe of "what's right with the church".   The church....she is His bride not ours.

 

 

 

Going South Of The Border And I Don't Mean Taco Bell

Posted by Jason on December 31, 2011 at 11:10 PM

December 27-30, 2011 Reynosa Mexico Missions Trip

Navidad de Reynosa, bringing Christmas to Reynosa Mexico was an incredible experience.  It was great, inspiring, humbling and disturbing all at the same time.  One thing is for certain, God was with us on the streets and ball field of Reynosa. 

 

Our team from FBC Gordonsville (Richard Petty, Mary Katherine Hearn, Jamin Craighead and myself) experienced God in many ways.  Along with 75 other volunteers, we witnessed the Lord change lives.  Over 3,000 people attended this fiesta that brought the joy of Christmas to Reynosa.  There was preaching, singing, games, food and giveaways.  Three people won homes (10x10), 50 kids won bicycles....not to mention all kinds of prizes and toys given away through the fair games etc.  Most of all the gospel was shared in many ways.

 

Did I mention that lives were changed?  The people of Reynosa were impacted but so were the many volunteers from America.  We were brought together by a ministry called UTRI (Upon This Rock International) based in McAllen Texas.  The staff of UTRI were well organized and spiritually prepared for this wonderful week of ministry.  I was blessed to be a follower instead of a leader for a change.  I had the opportunity to work in the prayer tent.  Richard and I worked with two college students and interpretors while Mary Katherine painted faces all day and Jamin did a little bit of everything.  Wherever Jamin was needed, he was there.  By the end of this trip we were all tired but blessed.

 

We flew back home amazed by what God had done.  He truly had sent us to Reynosa and we knew it.  I downloaded some pictures into the photo gallery.  I am so glad that I chose to go......chose.....I believe God burdened my heart to go, but back in the fall I still had to "choose" to go.  My prayer is that I will always choose to follow the Lord as He leads...and this time....He definitely led me and our team to Reynosa.

 

When He burdens you to go......choose to go, you will come back tired but blessed.

Make Room For Jesus

Posted by Jason on December 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Has the month of December wore you down yet?  Today I am finding myself tired and we are only half way through this month.  Christmas time is the busiest time of year.  With Church activities, Christmas parties, basketball games,family events, volunteering in the community, shopping and work, I don't think I can make room for anything else.....except for Jesus.

 

A person can always make room for Jesus if they really want to.  As we read the Christmas story in the gospels we find that there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the Inn.  As they enter Bethlehem from their journey they realize that all of the rooms have been taken.  This cenesus decreed by Caeser Augustus had forced everyone to return to their hometown causing Mary and Josephs hometown of Bethlehem to be full of people.

 

As the innkeeper gives Mary (who is with child) and Joseph this sad news he "perhaps" remembers that there is room in the stable.  However it took place they found a very humble setting in which they could deliver their child.  As the days were accomplished for her to be deliverd she gave birth to her firstborn son and they named Him Jesus.  The Savior of the world was born.

 

In reading the Christmas story we sometimes give the innkeeper a hard time because he had no room for them in the inn.  Instaed of asking why didnt he make room for them, the real question needs to be asked of ourselves...do we make room for Jesus?  You know, in sending Jesus to be savior of the world and not just the Jewish people, God really made room for us in His kingdom.  He made a place for us, He offered redemption to us, He offered reconciliation to us, He offered His forgiveness and much, much more.  Our part? His desire is that we would humble ourselves, receive the sacrifice that Christ gave, confess Him as our Lord and then tell all the world.  In doing so we would be making room for Jesus in our lives and in the lives of those around us and beyond.

 

This Christmas season, as many events and opportunities compete for our time.....let us make room for Jesus.

 

 

Giving Thanks

Posted by Jason on November 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Giving thanks to God is part of the Christian life.  It is a believer's response to the grace and mercy of God. 

 

The founding fathers of our country took time to thank God for His abundanct harvest, His provision for safety and their new-found religious freedoms that they were enjoying.  As we experience the holiday of Thanksgiving once a year, I imagine the early pilgrims came together and thanked God often.  As followers of Christ, we should continually come together and worship God with hearts filled with thanksgiving.

 

Of all the things that we could be thankful for...Jesus has to top the list.  You know God has blessed all of mankind and all of the earth, but His blessing of sending Jesus to be our sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate blessing and evidence of His love for us.  With that said, if a person knows Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior then giving thanks should come easy.

 

During this Thanksgiving season, when we gather around the table and thank God for our family, our health, the weather etc..... we need to really get to the heart of thanksgiving and thank God for Jesus.

 


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