Sunday Rest and Reflection:Personal Responsibility!

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ!  Jesus is Lord and He desires that all would know Him and receive His Father’s love and gift of eternal life.  He has promised eternal life to all who believe in Him.  (John 3:16)  Because of this wonderful love, we who believe respond by gathering on this first day of the week to celebrate our life in Him.  We gather to study and hear the word of God that brings us life and renewal.  Please don’t neglect gathering together today in a fellowship of believers!

Reflecting on the past week’s readings, I recalled Ezekiel’s instructions to be a watchman over God’s people.  God told him to warn the wicked man and try to dissuade him from his wicked ways.  (Ezekiel 33:7-9)  If Ezekiel failed to warn the  wicked person, God would hold him responsible for that man’s blood.  But if Ezekiel warned that man and the man failed to turn, then the man will die for his sin and Ezekiel would be free from responsibility.

Sin brings death.  We have the remedy and are called by God to share the Gospel with sinners.  If they listen and turn away from sin to Christ, they will be saved.  If they fail to listen, persist in sin, and die in it, they will die not once, but twice!  They will be separated from God at the Great White Throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-14.  If we fail to share with those who are sinners when we know the Gospel and enjoy it’s benefits, we are responsible!

As you gather today with God’s people, pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be a strong witness to this generation.  Take responsibility to repent of your sins as exposed by the preaching of the Word.  Take responsibility to share the Gospel with sinners in the coming week!  We have such good news; we can joyously share it!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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