Tag: day of judgment
Scripture reading for November 22nd: 1st John 4, Psalm 95-96, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: 1st John 4:13-17 “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world.”
Believers in Jesus Christ have received the Holy Spirit to live in them and mark them as belonging to God’s eternal family. This gift of the Holy Spirit has come through faith and confession that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and God’s Son. Through the Holy Spirit, God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts and we experience His love and presence. This love and presence of the Holy Spirit gives us confidence as we approach our seeing Jesus and at the Judgment seat of Christ.
Faith Confession: I have received the Holy Spirit, a gift of God’s grace. The Spirit abides in me and bears witness that I am God’s child and loved by the Father. I have confidence on the day of judgment through His indwelling presence.
Proverbs 18:10 “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
Scripture reading for May 28th: Acts 17
Paul and Silas took the Gospel to Athens, a center of culture and progressive thought. After going to the Jews and reasoning with them in their synagogue, they went to the marketplace and community. There was a meeting place there called the Areopagus where intellectuals and philosophers gathered to discuss the latest new ideas. Paul and Silas were invited to come and present their ‘new ideas’ before this group!
Paul spoke up, “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown, I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth: and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” . . . but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:22-26, 30-31)
Paul proclaimed God as creator and the One who is author of all life. He called these intellectuals to change their thinking–repent! He warned of a coming judgment and told of Christ’s resurrection! This Gospel is needed today in America!