As we seek to proclaim the gospel and uphold, defend and establish the truth of God’s word, it is helpful to remember that God has implanted a witness to the truth within each person’s heart. While those who don’t want to hear our message may protest, the reality is that God has inscribed the fundamentals of his message so clearly on each human soul that dissent can only be manufactured as one fights, ignores or suppresses the biblical moral compass the Bible calls “conscience” (Romans 1:18; Romans 2:15). That is not to say that with repeated practice people can’t so “sear” or damage their conscience that the programmed resonance with God’s truth is hardly felt. No, that can and does happen (1Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 10:22; etc.). But even then, there must be a memory of this internal struggle, when their “hearts raged against the Lord” and his truth (Proverbs 19:3; John 8:9). It may seem we are bringing a completely foreign message to those with whom we speak, but it is not so. The truth is something that has been evident to everyone on a very personal and profound level. Our job is to lovingly turn up the volume on God’s instructions, articulating the written blueprint of God’s revelation which is (or at least was) speaking from within their own hearts precisely the same things.
-- Pastor Mike
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What comes to mind when you consider the word theology? For many people, this word conjures up images of old men with long white beards pontificating on the minor details of God’s attributes. You might think of an “ivory tower” reserved for the select few who have the time and intellect to answers life’s most complex questions.
At its most basic meaning, however, theology simply refers to knowledge of God. As we form beliefs around basic truths revealed in Scripture, they guide our decisions and disposition every moment of the day. Perhaps one of the most practical and comforting biblical doctrines is that of assurance. Is it possible to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved?
And to help you draw clear conclusions, I recommend an excellent book called Absolutely Sure. With clarity, author Stephen J. Lawson describes the telltale signs of an authentic follower of Jesus according to Scripture.
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