Jesus Our Redeemer

No greater Joy, do I know,

Then living the Christian Life

No longer indebted to sin,

And with God there is no Strife,

Our greatest need secured,

Jesus is our greatest reward!

No punishment for our sin,

God’s justice saw it put on Him.

He gladly paid the price,

Even though it cost him his life.

For the righteous are raised to Glory Again!

And put by the Father’s right hand.

The Judge is our Redeemer,

Nothing else is as crystal clear.

He saved our deprived souls from the clutches of Death and Hell,

To be raised to life to live with Him.

Forevermore! They cry,

Sin’s stain removed, the curse destroyed.

Jesus Paid It All They Cry!

And we’ll be with him Forevermore!

 

 

Why Lordship Salvation is not Biblical

http://www.preachingjesuschrist.com/why-lordship-salvation-is-not-biblical.html

Why Lordship Salvation is not Biblical

The other side…

Hi Chris,

I used to consider myself a lordship salvation-ist until I realized that salvation is by faith alone through grace alone, not by works.
Submitting to the Lord essentially is a work, something WE DO to EARN salvation! Through this belief, one can never have assurance of their salvation because one can never know when or how they earned it!
I know they are a lot of well meaning Christians who believe it… but if that were the case then how did the thief on the cross get saved? Did he submit to Jesus as Lord by simply acknowledging him in his final moments? In that case, the meaning of ‘submitting as Lord’ becomes almost meaningless because it doesn’t require anything other than a simple acknowledgement. If it’s more than a simple acknowledgement.. then deathbed conversions become impossible!
I believe Lordship salvation may have been created to combat the idea that the carnal Christian is saved, but to attribute our salvation to anything but Jesus blood atonement is wrong! The gospel is so simple even a child is supposed to be able to understand it, another point against Lordship salvation, if intellectual giants like RC Sproul can’t figure out how to have assurance of their salvation, who can?
https://faithalone.org/journal/1997ii/Wilkin.html <– contains RC Sproul quote that he can not be certain about salvation
I believe a Christian can only lose their salvation if they choose to! <– my own belief
I believe people like Francis Chan, while good speakers, cheapen the gospel by saying you have to be some SUPER CHRISTIAN in order to be saved, like he does in his book Crazy Love.
[James 4:4] –  You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
This is why anyone who is popular in the world needs to be under a microscope! For example popular people like Billy Graham, compromised the Gospel message to define all religious people as Christs people.. whether they knew him or not!
Here’s a good video on Billy Graham:
 
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Now, let’s take a look on where I disagree with Calvinism. 
 
T – total depravity – means man is so deprived that he doesn’t have the free-will to choose God or not to choose him!
 
I don’t believe this, I believe we all have free will to choose God or not choose him! Just because God knows the answer ahead of time doesn’t mean we don’t freely choose him or not! It’s also an assault on God’s character… is he so cruel to predestine people to hell, or is it their own rejection of God that sends them to hell? The Calvinist believes God predestines people to heaven and hell, and that there’s nothing they can do about it! I think God gives people a choice, but he knows the answer ahead of time. 
 
U – unconditional election –  same problem
 
L – limited atonement – same problem
 
I – irresistible grace  – Essentially says that God forces himself on people and when he does, they can not refuse him! Essentially this boils down to spiritual rape, which seems like another assault on God’s character. God gives us the ability to choose to love him or not!
 
P – perseverance of the saints – I can kind of agree with this, the problem is that it assumes those who choose to leave the body of Christ were never Christians to begin with! I believe you are saved, unless you choose not to be ie: you are saved unless you walk away from the Church/faith/denounce Christianity and become an atheist. They would argue that person was never a Christian to begin with!
 
If you want 2 good critiques of calvinism I would look here
 
 
2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqpa4SaHBxg&t=2139s – Why I am not a Calvinist by Robert Breaker
 
 
As always, let me know if you disagree with anything I am saying. I know that our Church and reformed theology may lean towards Calvinism and Lordship salvation. I believed in Lordship salvation until I realized it offers no assurance of salvation! 
 
The gospel message is simple, and we humans try to over-complicate things: 
 
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1 Corinthians 15:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

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Romans 10:9 English Standard Version (ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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The only thing we can do to be saved is to believe in Jesus blood atonement for our sins, past, present, and future! If you confess Jesus is Lord, and believe God raised him from the dead, you will be saved! To believe otherwise is to disbelieve God!
 
Before I end this, let’s look at the scary scripture in the bible, which is verse 21 on, but I am quoting the full context of the verse because it’s important.

A Tree and its Fruit
(Matthew 12:33-37; Luke 6:43-45)

15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.

21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’

This verse is not supporting Lordship salvation! Rather, the opposite. Those who lack a relationship with Jesus and trusted in their works are being denied salvation here. 

 
As always, try not to blindly follow but develop your own opinion. If you think you convince me on either I am open to think about it.
 
In Him,
~Clay
 
P.S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpin_ZqIQO0

Isaiah 24 Sermon Notes

God will judge the world.

Near death experiences

Amazon river rises and falls 15 ft every 2 hours.

Walk there was ok. Walk back was filled with water.

Taking multiple trips to get people back. Each trip getting more and more deadly.

It was an agonizing 20 minutes.

There was a 16 year old girl who couldn’t make it, she was left w/ 1 rock to stand on. After someone saved her, they thought “What if she didn’t have that 1 rock to stand on?”

Only 1 rock is found to stand on for salvation, that rock is Jesus Christ.

Our hope, security, and salvation are based on nothing else but Jesus.

God’s judgement is cataclysmic!

Isaiah Chapter 24-27

Chapter 13 – Babylon Judgement

Chapter 14 – Assyrian Judgement

Chapter 16 – Damascus

Chapter 18 – Tyre is laid waste

Each world power is judged!

Chapter 24 – God will judge the world!

Isaiah 24-27 – His apocalypse

Words of warning for earth! Final judgement!

We must listen to the severity of what he is saying. He will empty the Earth!

Isiah 24:1 – God will destroy creation!

We can have hope and joy! God has love and compassion!

We deserve his wrath! We have broken his laws!

His judgement is real!

The tide of his judgement will rise again!

When it comes, people will look to a rock to stand on.

Some will stand on the world and fall.

God’s judgement empties the proud of hope

We try to say we don’t deserve it

God will make Earth desolate!

Human pride/self sufficiency will be wiped away first!

What is God judging?

  • Human Pride
  • Human Power (Economic and Military)

Defile/dishonor the honored of the Earth! The wasted city is broken down!

ALL HUMAN PRIDE AND POWER IS LAID WASTE!

Do not trust in yourself, trust in the Lord!

The mythology of human pride. The pride will be brought low.

Work, sports, family, technology, physical health. We all look for strength in the wrong places! We need to find it in God!

God’s judgement undermines worldly security. The Earth staggers like a drunk.

Nations of the Earth are gathered together.
What are YOU standing on? Your own self-sufficiency? Or the Lord?

It will not be long before God’s judgement will leave us nowhere to turn but Jesus. To remove all false hope in jobs, health, money, etc.

We don’t need to wait till the final day until we realize everything except God will fail us.

Isaiah – Even as judgement is happening, there is praise of song towards God!

With the severity of judgement, there is hope! Hope is on the way!

Will make all things new! Joyful praise!

Isaiah 24:23 – Mt Zion – Cling to this rock!

The sun and the moon will be ashamed!

 

 

4/29/18 – Isaiah 19 – Sermon Notes

Mission of the church is to rescue people form drug addiction, poverty, and spread Jesus (“The Great Commission”)

Citizen Kane is the #1 movie with a twist. Open scene he has the dying words “rosebud”. His great life and tragic marriage then sad death. Final scene reveals what rosebud means.

God is the only place of real confidence.

Only when we trust God we find security and peace.

The world in dismay before the Lord.

Isaiah 19 – Egypt

The Lord has power over all creation to shake confidence of Israel in trusting Egypt instead of the Lord.

Egypt represents strength of the world and bondage and oppression in the OT.

Israel puts hope in Egypt instead of God to deliver them from the Assyrians.

Failure of false Gods – Idols are worthless and powerless. Sorcerers and mediums cannot save Egypt, they are dumb!

Yahweh is supreme over the universe. The foolish trust in Egypt. We should look to God alone, no other religion. People think all religions are the same, but the bible is clear all religions do not believe in the same God. False God’s will fail.

Failure in Economic Security

Nile is prosperous in Fish, Plants, and producing Textiles. Verse 6 and 7 rot. Verse 8 fishing industry dies. Egyptians place hope in Nile instead of the Niles creator.

Every election

  • Politicians assure good economy
  • Every economic system in the world is vulnerable
  • We have peace of mind if we have money
  • We should have peace in God, not in money / financial stability
  • We should trust God for provision, security, and protection
  • Not cutting corners
  • Crying out to God
  • Not spend more than we make
  • The Lord never fails
  • The Wisdom of man fails

Verse 12 – Egyptians wise men give Stupid counsel

They think they know better than God, like drunks slipping around in their own vomit.

We turn to our own wisdom

Overwhelmed by trials in life, sometimes life has many trials.

  • We try to solve problems our own way
  • We turn to the world instead of god 🙁
  • God has all wisdom and understanding
  • God is good and does good
  • Don’t let fear or pain drive us away from God
  • One day God will wipe away every tear
  • Egypt will be judged… God reveals that the Lord is the healer of the world

verse 16-24 — 5 ways Gods judgement of Egypt will heal Egypt

  • In that day they will Fear the Lord, which leads to life
  • In that day, there will be allegiance to the Lord
    • 5 cities
    • City of destruction
  • The cities opposed to God speak the language of God’s people in the future
    • No one is beyond God’s reach
  • If en-slavers of God’s people can become God’s people.. anyone can.
  • God redeems Egypt
  • When Israel was enslaved, their cry reached to God

Verse 20 – Now Egypt is crying out

  • Fear of the Lord
  • Crys out to the Lord
  • I will send them a squier
  • they will know and worship me
  • God is making a statement about his own salvation
  • The Lord strikes out against Egypt, they cry out, he sends them a savior Christ the Lord!
  • Jesus makes a way for all people to be saved
  • We are grafted in (“the gentiles”)

Egypt will worship God

  • Grace goes through like a sword and comes out like a song
  • Unity of the people
  • God has created one new man instead of two in Jesus Christ
  • Not forced unity… enemies were united together in worship

Verse 24-25 – In that day, the whole Earth will be blessed by the Lord

Genesis 12:3 – In you all nations will be blessed

No people can not be rescued by God

Come in and worship him together

Come into the blessing of the Lord

Blessing comes through faith in the Living God

Israel my people

The Lord is the healer and redeemer of the world!!!

We are either pushing people towards death (reject Christ) or life (accept Christ).

 

Explore Notes Week #3

Cessationist means they think the gifts have ended. The issue with cessationism is that the argument for it is weak: Basically that since the NT ended so did the gifts. Most people are “open but Cautious” meaning they believe in the gifts, but are cautious when approaching the subject.

Continuationists means we believe the gifts continue. Tongues are specific spirit led praise to God.

We should seek the gifts. The gifts are good, we need them to function as a body of Christ. No amount of gifting has value if you don’t have love. Desire earnestly gifts, they are good, but don’t focus on them.

Holy Spirit: Walking w/ the spirit – We are called to look to live in obedience to God.

Prayer: Calling upon the Holy Spirit.

Wedding Testimony

It took 3 hospitalizations in order for me to come to Christ.

My first hospitalization due to bipolar was in 2011 winter solstice. I had an idea in my head that everything was going to be peaceful and fine if I followed certain steps and that I would eventually meet a girl. I followed certain steps, a man asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital, I said “yes”, and there they mistreated me as a drug addict, then wanted to observe me for 3 months as bipolar to get on the right medications. I wanted to leave the hospital very badly at the time. The theme of the first hospitalization was “If there is a will, there is a way”, I just didn’t know who’s will and what way.

My second hospitalization was due to bipolar in 2013. I simply acted like I was demon possessed, which concerned my parents and they took me to the hospital. This time they didn’t keep me as long, and I met a Christian man who tried to tell me about Christ then assumed I was a Christian, when I wasn’t. Still nothing really clicked for me then.

My third hospitalization experience was the most paranormal one where Jesus revealed himself to me in Spirit, that he was behind everything that was happening to me. Other patients there performed an evil prayer over me, which made me think I was going to be damned. Then I thought people there wanted to murder me, and my room mate didn’t help by saying that “they” tried many times to. I experienced audio hallucinations, and the second they mentioned Jesus, Christ revealed his spirit to me directly. Then he gave me another chance to tell my parents about him, and I declared “Jesus is Lord” in front of them.

The third hospitalization to me proved God’s existence to me and I decided to take the introductory bridge course at my church, because I wanted to be baptized. There I learned about God, hell, and sin for the first time in a long time, and began making friends with Christians. And yes, I finally got baptized in June 2016.

I’ve had relationships in the past but nothing was working, and I couldn’t find a suitable partner for a long time. I finally got to a point of frustration with God and prayed to him, “If you want me to be married, I will. If you don’t want me to be married, I won’t”. I mentioned in my bible study I was praying for marriages and was told that they would pray for new ones to occur too. Then I met a lovely lady named Dani at bible study. We clicked immediately, and it was apparent after a while that God choose us for each other. It was also apparent that God had us on the fast track towards marriage, and that the purpose of our marriage would be to glorify God. Dani is the best gift I could ask for, besides Jesus. Without God, we’d have never met. Without being sanctified and prepared by each other by the Holy Spirit separately, we’d never have been compatible. God in his perfect timing brought us together at the perfect time. We plan to be married in Sept 2018.