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Mark of Those Who Know Christ
Apr 01, 2019
MARKS OF THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST
 

1.  We Serve by the Spirit of God

  • When Paul uses the word WORSHIP, he isn't speaking simply of what we do on a Sunday morning gathering. He's speaking of "service" to God. He's talking about a life devoted to God and spiritual service.
  • True Christians possess the Spirit

Romans 8:9 says; "You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."

 

When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in John 4, He said something very similar: "True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth"
 
Does the Spirit of God dwell in you? Do you worship and serve God by the Spirit?
 
On what are you basing your assurance of salvation? Don't base it on attendance at meetings or involvement in good things.... Is the Spirit working in you?
 

2. We Boast in Jesus Christ

  • Paul adds here that the true people of God "boast in Christ."
Gal. 6:14 says; "But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world."
  • We don't get caught up in our earthly status or achievements or in our gifts. We praise God because only through him does any of this happen.
  • We can't boast about salvation because it was a gift given to us.
  • If you meet someone who claims to be a Christian but isn't making much of Christ, then you have a reason to be suspicious of their claim.
  •  Do you boast in Christ around your friends? Do you use your platform to make much of the name of Christ? Christians are known for all sorts of things. Let's Be known for boasting in Christ!

3. We Put No Confidence in the Flesh

  • Don't put confidence in a ritual: It was circumcision for Jews; Often time it can be baptism for us today. Both good things but we can't put our confidence in these things as assurance of our salvation. Example, when you ask people the question: "When did you get saved?", often the response you will get is, "I was baptized on such and such date." Baptism is not salvation and pointing back to an event that happened in the past does not give you assurance of salvation now. We can't put confidence in baptism for our salvation.
  • Don't put your confidence in family heritage: Nation of Israel; He had the privilege of being born a Jew but this special privilege didn't give him assurance of salvation, he still had to receive Christ. Today a lot of people are under the assumption that they are Christian because they had the privilege of being raise in church and parents are Christians. Reminds me of the saying: "Going to a garage, doesn't make me a mechanic." Going to church or who your family is does not have anything to do with you being saved.
  • Don't put confidence in rank or social status: Tribe of Benjamin, prestigious, the well to do people. If you come from a great family or you have achieved social status then great. But the Bible tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, regardless if it is here on earth while you have the chance to make a decision or when the Lord comes back and there is no second chance. Many who are exalted in this world today will one day be humbled because they have failed to bow down to Christ. Your social status doesn't matter and you won't be pampered like you are here on earth.
  • Don't put confidence in Biblical knowledge: Pharisees were extremely well respected and knew the Bible front to back. Just because you know the Bible very well doesn't mean you are a Christian. We have a lot of people in churches today that can tell you all about what the Bible says but their hearts are still wicked and they don't strive to do what the Word says.
  • Don't put your confidence in Religious Activities: Zealous, Paul persecuted the church. He thought he was doing the right thing. You can be passionate about something and be dead wrong. Our confidence comes from Jesus. A lot of people come every Sunday and Wednesday, maybe sing in the choir, teach a class, and they are counting on all these religious activities to get them to Heaven.
  • Don't put your confidence in your moral lifestyle: Followed rules, did everything right on the outside.
Here is the thing to know...ALL of these things are GOOD THINGS; Baptism, Christian family, if you come from a wealthy family or a family with high social status count praise God for the opportunity to help others, Biblical knowledge is great, Religious activities are great and we should want to do them to praise God, and following God's law is great but listen to what I heard David Platt says...
 
"It is possible to love your family, take your kids to church, just like you were taken to church, to have a good reputation in your community, in your church, to have biblical knowledge: to love the word, know the word, even teach the word, be very active in church and zealous for you church and come to the end of this life and it be written across the top of your life "wasted" as in you wasted your life and had confidence in the wrong things."
  • That is what Paul is telling us here...those are all treasures of a wasted life
  • Christ is the only thing that counts!
Read Matthew 7:21-23 & 13:44-45
 
I heard David Platt say it like this: "Being a Christian means we have found something worth losing everything for."
 
What do we put our confidence in?

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Hess's Headlines April
Apr 01, 2019
Dear Church,
 
"Though He slay me, I will hope in him." Those words are written by Job. Powerful testimony from the mouth of someone walking through the toughest of valleys. The language of this verse is dark and light at the same time. The passage makes me think about Job's desperate situation, and yet his relentless and secured hope in the power and glory of God. It is a glance at the temporary and yet a focus on the eternal. It is perhaps, an oxymoron. It is the hope of the gospel. If we, as believers, trust in the goodness and grace of God, then even death does not shatter our hope in Him. If we hold to the hope which we profess, then our darkest moments are still surrounded in light because He is with us. His faithful presence never leaves us or abandons us but is constant. So constant, in fact, we often take it for granted. Job was surrounded by people giving bad advice, desiring that he would question God's character and goodness, but yet Job stands firm with his hope in God.
 
Today, where is your hope? If your hope is in prosperity, then you are roping the wind. If your hope is in this earthly life, then you are fighting against time. If your hope is in your children, then you are dependent on their perfection. If your hope is in your spouse, then the flaws become much more evident. If your hope is in your career, then you like Old Testament Israel are dependent on governments, contracts, and treaties. If your hope is in success and the favor of men, then you are running a race with no finish line. Today, would you rest (Matthew 11:28)? Would you rest in the only place where hope is secure? Today, would you surrender to His easy yoke and light burden (Matthew 11:30)? In the words of the great theologian, Jerry Rea, "Here's Hope" - it's in the Lord! Hear it from the psalmist:
 
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
 
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolation on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
 
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." (Psalm 46; ESV)

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The Godly Example
Mar 04, 2019

THE GODLY EXAMPLE

Read this text:
Phil. 2:19-30

*The year was 2010...I was in Afghanistan and was about to watch the college football national championship featuring 2 of the hottest offenses in America. The Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks. Both had great years but so many people were drawn to Oregon because of this dynamic offense they had. At one point in the season they averaged 57.7 points per game, almost a point per minute. They ended the season leading the nation by scoring 47.7 points per game. They spread you out and would be on the ball running another play before you even knew what hit you. It was one of the most exciting things to watch and it was something the college football world had really never seen before. Some people referred to it as a track meet on turf because of the speed of the players. Others called it basketball on turf because of how quickly they scored. It was the invention of the Spread Option offense and it had people amazed because it was so far from the football norm.

Tony Merida, a professor at Southeastern Seminary, said this:

"We are drawn to the dramatic. The church gets sucked into the extraordinary as product of the culture, in which everything gets sensationalized around us; even the nightly weather report is often sensationalized! As a result our addiction to sensationalism, we get bored easily, we can't be still to study or listen, and we tend to downplay faithful, normal Christian service that honors Jesus. God normally meets us and uses us in the ordinariness of life.

Let me use an illustration. Fred Craddock once said,


To give my life for Christ appears glorious. To pour myself out for others...to pay the ultimate price of martyrdom-I'll do it. I'm ready, Lord, to go out in a blaze of glory.....We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it on the table- "Here's my life,Lord. I'm giving it all." But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $1,000 bill for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there. Listen to the neighbors kid's troubles instead of saying, "get lost." Go to a committee meeting. Give a cup of water to a shaky old man in a nursing home. Usually giving our life to Christ isn't glorious. It's done in all those little acts of love, 25 cents at a time. It would be easy to go out in a flash of glory; it's harder to live the Christian life little by little over the long haul. (Darryl Bell, "Practical Implications of Consecration")

Faithful Christian living might mean martyrdom for some, and if so, then we should rightly honor those believers. But for many others, those like Epaphroditus, faithful Christian living involves pouring our lives out, little by little, in practical acts of service over the long haul. It involves "giving out quarters every day": having a lonely person over for dinner; babysitting for a single mother; inviting some international students over; doing foster care; praying with a friend; helping someone move; visiting those in the hospital; and so on. This passage in Philippians 2 involves a guy delivering a gift to Paul and getting sick along the way. Paul says essentially that he spent some quarters and should be honored.

1. He was a BALANCED Christian
What do I mean by balanced? What is a balanced diet?
A little bit of everything right...Not so much of one that you forget the other right


He was a BROTHER: which means he was family...he had become a believer...When you become a Christian you not only have a new relationship with God, you have a new relationship with other believers. Our identity has changed; God is our father; and we are adopted into the family of believers. They are just like your biological family now.

He was a COWORKER: which means they were on the same team and had the same mission. The furtherance of the Gospel. All the churches in our area are supposed to be on the same team but far too often we are all competing with one another to see who can have more members and that is not how God intended it.

He was a FELLOW SOLDIER: He was in the fight. He knew the spiritual battle they were in and it still did his part to help and be selfless.

How easy it is for the Christian to get out of balance!!
Some Christians just think we need to fellowship and kind of go all in on the fellowship.


Some Christians think we just need Bible study and go all in on Bible study


Other are out trying to service and forget both Bible study and fellowship


That reminds me of the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42(read it) She was so busy doing and trying to serve that she forgot fellowship and didn't take time to sit and listen to Jesus

*THE EXAMPLE HERE IS THAT WE MUST BE BALANCED*

2. He was a BURDENED Christian
Carry a heavy load...You care deeply about people


In other words, he had the submissive mind and thought of others instead of himself


Are we more focused on self or on others?
Are we concerned about others? Let me ask you this...if somebody in this church got caught in some kind of sin, would we be more concerned for them or more concerned about who all we could run and tell? If someone got arrested or had a public moral failure, would you be more concerned about what is going on in that person's life or more concerned about letting your best friend know what happened so you would have something to talk about?
Though he was sick and almost died, Epaphroditus' burden was for Paul and the church back at Philippi. He cared about them in the good times and bad.


We love going on foreign mission trips, and the reason I believe they are so intriguing is because we can tell people we went all the way across the world to help people...yet we live here every single day and don't help anybody.
Do you care about people you work with?
Do you care about people in our community?
Foreign missions are great but we need Christians to be burdened for their own local church and community.


*THE EXAMPLE HERE IS TO LOVE AND CARE DEEPLY FOR PEOPLE AND THAT LOVE WILL DRIVE US TO ACTION*

Jarod

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Hess's Headlines March
Mar 01, 2019

Dear Church,

I have at least two great sources teaching me how much I do not know: marriage and parenthood. I believe both of these are a gift given by God. I believe that in God's grace, He is sanctifying my life and using marriage and parenthood to daily depend on Him, His grace, and His forgiveness. This may sound like a negative, but that is not how I mean it. I mean this in the most encouraging of ways. For example, my wife is in the medical field, so I could sit and listen for many hours about how the Lord has constructed the human body with all of its intricacies to show His glory in creation. Parenthood has provided me with the opportunity to watch as one grows from complete dependence to (hopefully) maturity: a reflection of how God is growing us into maturity in Christ. Marriage and parenthood has also been used to reveal selfishness, pride, and areas of darkness in my life. By God's grace, He has given to me, at least in these two areas, tremendous teachers of how much I do not know.

But this one thing I know and hold on to: "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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve." (1 Cor. 15:3-5). As a church we are walking through the book of Ephesians. The first few weeks we have been reminded of the necessity of knowing Jesus. As we finish this series of Know, we will move into a series of Conquer. Some would see the idea of our knowledge and our victory as disconnected. However, once we look deeper into Scripture, know the Lord better, and are led by the Holy Spirit, we see how knowing Him leads to our victory in Jesus. Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:12, "That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return." Paul knew the Lord and from that standpoint, he knew that prison and suffering were not obstacles, but instead opportunities. Knowing God has conquered suffering, persecution, and shame!

Billy Graham once remarked, "Today we have more knowledge than at any other time in history. In seconds our laptops or PCs can call up information about a topic that would have taken years to collect. Young people graduate with more knowledge than ever before - but in spite of their knowledge, they are confused, bewildered, frustrated, and without moral reasoning." More knowledge does not mean more peace. However, more knowledge in Christ Jesus means more victory, more peace, and more security. May you know Christ. I am praying for you what Paul prayed for the Ephesians, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better."

In Christ,

Chad

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Hess's Headlines February
Feb 01, 2019

Dear Church,

Did you catch that? I just wrote "Dear Church". That may be an insignificant introduction to you, but to me, it's taken a lot of years to look at the church and realize it is something I hold dear. Through the gospel of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God, my thoughts and affections for the local church have transformed in extensive ways. When I read through the Bible there are many words that describe the followers of Jesus. For example: body of Christ, bride of Christ, royal priesthood, a holy nation, assembly of the saints, city of the living God, flock of God, or the household of God, each of the descriptions point to another truth about God's work in our lives and in our family of faith on mission.

How do you feel about the church? How is your relationship with the Bride of Christ? Is the church a reminder of the reverent wife who in reverence for the Groom's provision, sacrifice, and honor, she submits to His plans? Or have you seen the church more as a bridezilla? There have been times growing up when I have experienced the church worshiping, serving, and growing in Christ; however, there have also been moments of intense brokenness, arguments, and bridezilla-like nature. And in these moments, I realize who I am. I am the bride of Christ, the dwelling place of God, and part of the body of Christ. I also have my moments when I worship, serve, and grow in Christ; however, I also have those bridezilla moments in my life.

This reveals something deeper about the Head of the Church, Jesus. His unconditional love pursues us in all seasons. His purpose is for His strength to shine forth in our weaknesses. His grace conquers our sin and shame. His mercy allows us to continue to serve and carry His name. His discipline is to remind us of His redemption and faithfulness. And His love for the Church is the fuel for all believers to give us perseverance as we serve through the church. The more I love Christ, the more I love the church He loves. The closer I am to Christ, the more passionate I am about His church. The reality of my need for grace, reminds me to extend it to the church. If you are struggling to serve, to minister, and to be a part of the church; take some time to learn from Jesus. The Church has been made precious and dear through the blood and resurrection of Christ, just like you.

Thanks for being an incredible, precious, and dear church. Thanks for helping one another. Thanks for showing the love of Christ. Thanks for allowing the Lord to use you each and every day. Thanks for allowing His grace to be the source of your peace on tough days. Thank you, Woodmont Baptist Church.

In Christ,

Chad Hess

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