Highway Chapel Missionary Steve Preston was our guest speaker. He updated the church on the ministry that he and Becky are doing with car guys and car shows. He then shared a message from John 10:11-15. His message centered around how to overcome worry by trusting in the Jesus to be our Shepherd.
Pastor Rustan's sermon was titled Called to Action which focused on breaking down the key scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land."
Pastor proposed the question, whether we could appropriately apply this scripture, directed at the Israelite nation 2400 years ago, to the American church today? Using 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,” and 1 Corinthians 10:11-12, “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall,” to prove that 2 Chronicles 7:14 is just as applicable today as it was centuries ago.
In breaking down the scripture we learned that "my people called by my name" now refers to Christians called by Jesus. 1 Peter 2:10 says, “For you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God."
So as Christians we should:
*Humble ourselves – as Micah 6:8 reminds us to “walk humbly with your God” to make ourselves low. God first – others second – ourselves last.
*Pray & Seek – the word pray hear means to intercede and we should always be seeking Gods face. Jesus urges us to “hunger and thirst for his righteousness.” (Mathew 5:6)
*Repent – “and turn from their wicked ways.”
Be humble, pray, seek, and repent. Jesus is calling His people to put these into action, then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. That is how we see revival in America.
We have all heard the saying “put on the full armor of God.” You may have even seen the pop lock guy dance while reciting it on YouTube (if you haven’t it is pretty entertaining). This Sunday Pastor Terry’s message was titled “Ready for Battle” a message on how relevant the Full Armor of God is to our current environment and our personal walk with God. Our scripture text was Ephesians 6:10-20.
Everyday we get up and get physically dressed before starting a day. Nobody in their right mind goes out in public in their underwear. We cloth ourselves to be presentable in public. However, most of us do not prepare ourselves to be presentable “Spiritually” in public. We should be Christ followers that go into the world prepared to make a difference. A positive difference! So let’s get dressed for battle.
Put on the Belt of Truth. Starting your day by reading your Bible ensures that your Spiritual Pants don’t fall down.
Put on the Breast Plate of Righteousness. Protect your heart by inviting The Holy Spirit to guide your in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word.
As shoes for your feet, put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Accept the peace that comes from your relationship with Jesus. That peace is what helps us stand our ground and advance forward in our walk with God.
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. The shield of Faith is our greatest source of protection. Relying on the Faith we have in Jesus enables us to walk through disappointment, fear, bad attitudes, angry moments, and whatever else could possibly ruin our day.
Take up your Helmet of Salvation. The idea that your Salvation protects your mind therefore, you should think different, talk different, and walk different than the world because Jesus has saved you.
Finally we take up the Sword of the Spirit. The sword is wielded through careful prayer and preparation through the guiding of the Holy Spirit. I attack the enemy through the power of prayer because God fights my battle.
Let us walk through the battle of this world “Ready for Battle” having taken the time to put on the Armor of God the moment we start our day.