C. Believers are to live a life that looks
forward for the coming consummation
Chronicles of Narnia: “The Last Battle” (CS Lewis)
“And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them
like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and
beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this the end of all the stories,
and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them
it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and
all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now
at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on
earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than
the one before.”
David testifies in Psalm 40:3 that the LORD “put a new song” in his mouth, “a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” This verse echoes so many others in Scripture that teach us why we, as believers, sing! The following link is an outline of lessons learned by Anthony Adona. His “notes” are from the 2018 Sing Conference, which was held in Nashville, Tennessee. May this outline of what has been learned from the 2018 Sing Conference be meditated upon and practiced for the benefit of our homes and our local churches! (Thank you, Anthony!)
Revelation 18 is a reminder for believers to not be worldly, but godly. “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (18:4-5). The “her” referred to in these verses is “Babylon.” Here are two viewpoints: Who is the Whore of Babylon” and “What is the Whore of Babylon.”
It is important to note in Revelation 18 the “lovers” of Babylon: (1) “the kings of the earth;” (2) “the merchants of the earth;” and (3) “every ship master and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea.” These “lovers” weep and lament over Babylon, for “in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste.” Significantly, although they cry over Babylon, they are noted as standing “at a distance”– that is, their object of concern was not her but themselves. These “lovers” were weeping because of their personal losses, in that they could no longer get rich from her! True love? Clearly not. These lovers possess only selfish, self-centered love.
Now, pause. Take time to contrast the selfish love of Babylon’s lovers to the genuine love of God. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Watch this brief video!
Believers in Christ are described as pilgrims on this earth. In Scripture, we find that as pilgrims, believers are not to set their affections on things that are temporary, but on things that are eternal. Also, as pilgrims, believers are to expect suffering and persecution; and, are to persevere until the end. If you are a believer and have not yet read John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress,” do take the time to read or to listen to this Christian classic, links to which are provided above. If you are not a believer but desire to get a glimpse into the Christian journey, we encourage you to read or listen today!
An article from familylife.com caught our attention today. Believers are aptly reminded to “hold our material possessions with an open hand” because we know “that God is our Provider.” Indeed, it is easy to focus on what we do “not” have and forget the blessings we “do” have. More importantly, we need to realize that we are called to seek after heavenly things, true treasures that will not rust, be taken away or destroyed. What are you seeking after? Will those things last and satisfy?
As a body of believers, we do praise and thank the Lord for His provision of a church office that can allow us to further the work of the ministry. Also, we are thankful for the continued availability of the Milpitas Community Center where we have held (and continue to hold) most of our Sunday worship services. More importantly, we are thankful for the way the Lord has been growing us in His Word as a body, deepening our relationships and drawing us to matters that matter most!
Wherever you are in your life’s journey, we welcome you to contact us. Make an appointment with us for a conversation at our church office or join us on a Sunday for our service! We do encourage you to contact us today. It’s time to start seeking after true treasures that satisfy– treasures that will never perish but last forever!
Quick snapshot of three men specifically asked to pose for this photograph at the Milpitas Community Center during our Father’s Day Service. Of these three, would you believe that one used to be a serious drug addict? And one has always been “good.” Are you able to tell which one is which? Either way, each found himself in the same predicament– no matter how “good” or how “bad.” Call us or come to find out more!