Archive for the ‘salvation’ Category

The Rescue

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Rescue: Recovery or preservation from loss or danger; deliver; to free from harm or evil; save.*

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. Colossians 1:13-14
The Message

Freedom. Jesus was sent on a rescue mission to save broken humanity. God in His infinite love and mercy rescued us from the pit of despair and hopelessness and traded all our sin for His righteousness. Now, we can be free!

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 New Living Translation

Unconditional love. The Bible says that nothing can separate you from God’s love. This is so hard to understand if you have been unloved or if you don’t like yourself. But Jesus is so wonderful—you don’t have to try to fix yourself and get better before calling out to Jesus—He is on a rescue mission to save you right where you are. You are drowning in quicksand, and Jesus wants to pull you out and give you new life and make you a new person.

The best is yet to come. Jesus knows how to rescue us in times of trouble and calm the storms of life. When sorrows weigh us down, doubts rise up in our soul, or our burdens are too much to bear—He is our refuge. Your life is not over. The God who rescued people in the Bible is the same God who wants to help you in your situation today. Call out to God and He will answer you,

To receive Jesus, pray this prayer:

Dear God, in my heart I believe the truth about Jesus—that He’s Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. You tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Help me to start a new life and follow You with my whole heart. Amen.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Colossians 1:13-14 scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Romans 8:38 scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. WordNet 3.0 © Princeton University, 2006.

The Philippian Church — A Turning Point

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them . . . and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia. . . Acts 16:9-12

Paul had wanted to go to Asia, but the Holy Spirit told him no and sent him to Macedonia instead. Amazing things came from not following a good idea but going with God’s idea. The effective Philippian church began from this missionary journey.

THE TURNING POINT. “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 16:14). This entrepreneurial woman was the first person to get saved in Europe. Western civilization would be forever changed by her decision.

ANNOYANCES ON THE WAY. Sometimes in the middle of the breakthrough, attack happens. Following the wonderful salvation of Lydia and her entire household, a demon-possessed slave girl started harassing Paul while he was on his way to a prayer meeting. He cast the demon out of her, which angered her masters because her fortune-telling had made them so much money. As a result, Paul and his companions got beaten and thrown in jail.

THE JAILER. While Paul and Silas were singing praises to God, all the prison doors opened and the chains were unfastened. The jailer assumed everyone had fled and was about to kill himself. Paul, instead of holding this guy in contempt, started to minister to him. “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” (Acts 16:28). God’s presence was so strong that this hard-boiled jailer asked how to be saved. Paul responded with one of the most thunderous sentences throughout the centuries:

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. Acts 16:31

CONTINUED IMPACT. Like Paul, God wants to use you to be a shock absorber in a troubled world and tell all types of people not to bring harm to themselves. There is a world crying out like the Macedonian man in Paul’s dream. We must be sensitive to the moment we’re in and overcome the invisible barrier of fear to reach our generation. We owe our lives to what this Philippian church did. They funded a furtherance of the gospel in city after city. Just as the hinge point of western civilization is seen in the fruit of Paul’s obedience, so God wants us to be the turning point for our time and see hundreds of millions of people come to Jesus.

Press on.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.