Wednesday

Solo Fide!


Recently during a pastor and pastor’s wife retreat, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful and much needed get away filled with refreshing, relaxation, respite, instruction, encouragement, laughter and very delicious food!  During one evening session, there was entertainment…a master illusionist (MI for short), who was skilled in the art of deceiving others for show.  Normally I do not care for this type of entertainment, I would prefer the opera like gatherings such as Handel’s Messiah or some other form of art such as a ballet, music concert, etc.
But as I begin to watch him, I became intrigued.  Not so much at what he was doing but HOW he did it.  Not so much why he did a trick but WHERE the precise timing of his hands where and WHEN he timed distractions throughout each illusion .

As a spectator, my new assignment along with other members in the audience quickly shifted from sitting back and being entertained to how we can discern and catch the sleight of hands in the process. 
One thing that fascinated me about this MI was that it was so incredibly easy for him to deceive us…over and over and over again with the same simple set of rules he was very skilled in: human manipulation, reading of body language and studying of human behavior.  Even though we all knew we were being deceived…no one could quite figure out how it was done.


Christ, the greatest Gift
At the end of this entertainment the MI, received a standing ovation, filled with applause, awe, wonderment and puzzlement…I walked away with this thought… Spiritually speaking, this is what is happening currently all over the world. Satan the great MI, works overtime to deceive others in refusing the greatest gift given to mankind…

Christ and his bloody death on the cross for the remission of sins.  Others are deceived by thinking Christ has not risen, denying He is currently sitting on the right hand side of God and still others are fooled by not having faith in Christ and Him alone as key in their salvation process, but tricked into thinking that they must do additional works, deed, and rules, falsely accepting that we as humans can add to God’s already perfect equation of faith in Christ alone.
Thank God for the Five Solae of the Protestant Reformation.  Thank God for a group of godly men who could see that foul, evil, sneaky, sleight of hand of satan and put a halt to those lies, leading to utter destruction and instead  bringing the holy truth of God through the Bible  and in clear Christian theological doctrine, bring not only clarity, but the good news of salvation by faith in Christ alone.

Recap and Review:
The past couple of months, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July we looked at Sola Scriptura which is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.

In August, we will be looking at Soli Deo Gloria which means For the Glory of God Alone but also translated as Glory to God alone. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.
This month we will look at Sola Fide…by faith alone…sometimes called the material cause or principle, became the central doctrinal issue for many reformers.  Excluding the false teaching that good works is necessary for salvation, Sola Fide confirms that justification is received by faith only without any need, deeds or acts of good works.  Martin Luther, the great reformers, often called Sola Fide the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”

The Core Root Of Christianity
Faith in Christ alone is based completely and only on the finished work of Christ. It is a divine work God instituted and promised to His people and all who believe many centuries ago as prophesied in the Old Testament.  This is a clear distinct separation of every other religion.  All other religions are based on human effort and achievement, deceiving people into believing that in somehow, in some way, they can add to the perfect work ordained by God…and much like the MI, find themselves spiraling down in a preoccupation of a sinner’s effort to be holy on based on their own efforts.

It is justification by faith alone in Christ that clearly leads the way in Christianity.
Jesus taught justification by faith alone

Apostle Paul had the same tasks as the Reformers…
Looking through his epistles, Paul and the other authors of books in the New Testament, where dealing with the same error found in every false cult and false religion. Pleading in their writings for the audience not to be deceived by these MI who come in with the purpose of deceiving Christians from their faith in Christ.

My greatest concern is even now as I write this article, that Christians are being so deceived and poisoned by the lies and deception and twisting of scripture.
My friend DO NOT be deceived by the MI of this world.  CLING to Christ alone, through faith alone to the glory of God alone and no other.

Jesus himself says “He who believes [ in me as the Son of God]  and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
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Calendar:
Bible Study:  The Gospel of Mark - Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:00am
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Saturday

Soli Deo Gloria!

Recently on my facebook, one of my friends shared  “what was on her mind.”
What was on her mind was a video she posted of her rather large retriever dog taking a “selfie” with clothes, makeup (including false eye lashes) not to mention all these additional items… posing for a glam shot with this utter look of arrogant confidence.  Hilarious! The human clothes didn’t even fit!  As a dog lover myself I could not hold back my laugher as I said out loud “There is something shamefully wrong with this picture!”  It was almost as if the caption read. “Don’t you think I am beautiful?  Don’t you care about ever single detail of my life?  My whole existence is based on your human opinion of me.” 
 
This parody was obviously poking fun at all the ways humans are focused on themselves with every kind of format, style, technology of “selfie” out there in this world!  The sad part is that human opinion is ranked as number one in how a person, thinks, and views themselves and the world.  Not only shamefully wrong but completely scary especially when it comes to our souls because the world view is completely contrary to the Biblical view.
 
Thank God that this world is not the end and there is a heaven to look forward to!
A glorious expectation of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
But the true question is…What are you doing down here on earth to prepare you for heaven?
 
Remembrance and Review:
Last month, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July we looked at Sola Scriptura which is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
This month we will be looking at Soli Deo Gloria which means For the Glory of God Alone but also translated as Glory to God alone. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.
 
God’s glory, 1700’s and Lord’s Prayer  
So perhaps you are thinking how does the glory of God and a musical score, from the 1700’s have to do with me? A whole lot!  Matter of fact 100% of the very core of our life depends on it! It is all summed up with the three terms of salvation, sanctification and glorification.  Once we come to know the Lord as our personal Savior and Lord we give up our life and what we want to do and live completely by His word (the Bible) and His will, guided and lead by the Holy Spirit…Who is now living inside every believer of Christ. Sanctification is the process of continual growth in divine grace because of your personal commitment after baptism and conversion to Christ…to live for Him as Lord.
 
So what does this actually mean?  It means that after we are believers and followers in Christ we need to start living and following the example of Christ.  God alone has sanctified us through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross for our sins.  But we have to do our part in submitting to, agreeing with and living our lives in accordance with God’s word.  We need to make our minds up that we will not be focused on ourselves- “spiritual selfies” constantly focused on our flesh, what we want , the world, … but instead focusing on God’s glory and following our great Example-Christ!
 
From Selfies to God’s glory
 
Matthew chapter 6:9-15,   is a great model prayer for us to start focusing on God and leaving ourselves far behind.  Jesus gives us the perfect model prayer to mesh with the heartbeat of God and focus on God and his glory.   This is commonly known as the Lord’s prayer as well as my prayer for each of you.
 
What NOT to do:
Verse 9-“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you  ask Him.” “Pray, then, in this way:” Jesus is telling his disciples, DO NOT follow the  people who follow the things of the world…  The biblical selfies but instead look to God to meet your needs.
 
Thanksgiving and Declaration of Allegiance to Loyalty
Verse 10 “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”Worship God is our first and foremost duty in following Soli Deo  Gloria…glorifying God and who He is! 
 
Intercession and Petition
Verse  11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Confession and Forgiveness
Verse 12 -15 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not
lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the
power  and the glory forever. Amen.’ “For if you forgive others for their
transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  “But if you do not
forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
 
May we live our lives in complete Soli Deo Gloria! Unto the Lord in all we say and do!
CALENDAR
1.  Bible Study:  Prayer Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:00am starting in Sept.  2014
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2.  Apologetics Teachings/Courses starting in Sept. 2014- contact Simone for more info.
3.  Audio Teachings on prayer and various speaking:
             http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net
 
 
 
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About the author:
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    Monday

    Sola Scriptura

     
    Sola Scriptura is Latin for Scripture Alone.  This term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts begin corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
     
    In addition, there are four other phrases including;
    Soli Deo Gloria! For the Glory of God Alone Westminster Divines
    Solo Christo! By Christ's Work Alone are We Saved
    Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone
    Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone
     
    In church history, never has there been a more Bible-centered, Bible-oriented, focus than these statements above.  We will focus on Sola Scriptura today.
     
    The threat at the time that Sola Scriptura (and currently in our day) was manmade laws and rules that directly attacked Christ words of “It is finished.” when He shed His blood on the cross.  Other people who fought against the Bible, wanted to add to the Holy Scripture by requiring unbiblical standards, thus the term Sola Scriptura.
     
    Instead of believing in the name of Jesus by faith through grace, others declared that the blood of Christ and the grace of God was not sufficient for our sins.  Instead, other things such as good works, church membership, church attendance, baptism, marriage, last rites, indulgences, treasury of merit, etc., etc. and the list goes on…But those true to God declared that the Word of God, the Bible, we must believe and obey alone nothing more nothing less.
     
    Salvation the one true saving gospel is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
     
    In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, quotes:
    “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”  Revelation 22:18
     
    II Timothy 3:16 states that - “All Scripture is inspired by God.” 
    So that means that every book of the Bible, chapter, verse, every jot and tittle within the canon, of Scripture is inspired by God and came from his voice.  The inspiration came from
    God, not the authors and the scripture itself was an inspiration to us all even to this day
    Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  Every word of Scripture comes out of the mouth of God. A divine revelation in the Bible has come down from God above.
    John 6:63 states that “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
    Looking Backward:

    In the early AD 60’s, Apostle Paul had this same heart cry when he wrote to his beloved Colossians, the ones who He birthed in Christ on his 3rd missionary trip.  These living in Colosse had also turned from Sola Scriptura; they had allowed others to defraud them of God’s word.  Instead of grasping the full complete gospel that Paul preached,
    When he first went to Colossae, those there has slowly turned and started believing in those who would speak, enticing words leading astray others with vain philosophy, judgment of men improper worship rituals and doctrine of men.
     
    Paul when writing this letter clearly solidifies with great strategy who Christ is and
    beckons them to return to what he taught them.  Christ first and Christ alone.
    He reiterates that:
    A.  Christ is Preeminent in Creation
    B.  Christ is Preeminent in Redemption
    C.  Christ is Preeminent in the Church
     
    Paul encourages them by reminding them of their freedom in Christ from:
    A.  Enticing Words
    B.  Vain Philosophy
    C.  Judgment of Men
    D.  Improper Worship
    E.  Doctrines of Men
     
    Paul restates who they are as a believer in Christ by:
    A.  Putting off the Old Man
    B.  Putting on the New Man
    C.  Holiness in Family Life
    D.  Holiness in Work Life
    E.  Holiness in Public Life
     
    It is Christ who reigns supreme over all!  Sola Scriptura declares of Christ and Him alone.
     
    If you have not done so yet, my prayer for you is to come to know Christ as your Lord Savior, that you would acknowledge Him as One who is reigning supreme over all .
    You can know him as
     
    As Paul writes this prayer to those in Colosse, I echo that same prayer for you
     
     I have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:9–14
       
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