A Word From Pastor Scott - April 2017

One of the most important things you can believe as a Christian is what you believe about Easter.

Easter is a celebration of what Jesus Christ came to do. Two thousand years ago, Jesus split history into AD and BC. It’s the most significant event in history! God came to earth in the form of a human being; died on a cross for our sins to reconcile us to Him, and rose again three days later to prove that He was who He said He was. 

Why? Why did He do it? The most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus says whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. 

But what does it means to really believe in Jesus? I think a simple acrostic says it all – FAITH.

F - Follow His Example
Twenty-one times in the Bible Jesus says, “Follow Me.” He didn’t say follow a principle. He didn’t say follow a program. He didn’t say follow a religion. He didn’t say follow a code of ethics. He said, “Follow Me.”

The takeaway is this: God wants a relationship with you. “Follow Me” implies a relationship. God isn’t interested in religion. He’s interested in you!

A - Accept His Grace
What is grace? Grace is when somebody does something for you that you don’t deserve, or in the case of  faith, when God gives you what you need, not what you deserve. One of the things we need most is forgiveness. How do you get grace for your life? You can’t earn it, work for it, buy it or deserve it. The only way to get God’s grace is to admit you need it, and then say, “God, I need Your grace. I’m not perfect. I need Your forgiveness and I need You in my life.” Have you accepted His grace?

I - Invest My Life For Him
You only have three choices with your life. You can waste your life, you can spend your life, or you can invest your life.

We all know there are many ways to waste and spend your life. You can spend your life making money, storing up possessions, trying to get pleasure, trying to have power and popularity, trying to become famous.  But the purpose of life is not to pile up a bunch of possessions because the greatest things in life aren’t things. I bet you’ve already figured that one out. 

God has a plan for your life. Great intentionality went into you. You’re not an accident. God made you on purpose and for a purpose. Living out His purpose brings satisfaction and significance, meaning and fulfillment. There is a difference between success and significance. Did you know you were made for more than success? God made you for significance. What are you doing with what you’ve been given? Are you investing your life for God?

T - Trust His Wisdom and Strength
Colossians 2:6 says “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.” That’s how it works. You trust Him at the beginning of this life of faith and then you trust Him for each day’s problems, too. Sometimes you hear people say, I’ve tried that religion thing. It just didn’t work for me.

Here’s the problem with that phrase: it’s in the word tried. Faith is not about trying, it’s about trusting. Some of you are at the end of your trying. You’ve tried in your marriage, you’ve tried to make it at school, you’ve tried in a relationship, you’ve tried to make it work in your business. You’re at the end of your trying.

When we get to the end of our trying, Jesus meets us there and says, Trust Me. I will lift you up. I will give you wisdom, and I will give you strength.

H - Hold on to His Promises
Did you know the Bible contains over seven thousand promises from God to you? One of the great promises is found in Romans 8:38 & 39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

Hold on to His promises and believe your beliefs!

After all these years, what I’ve seen as the core reason people won’t believe in Jesus is fear. Not pride, stubbornness, intellectualism or ego, but fear. I’m afraid of losing control. I’m afraid of giving up control to God. I’m afraid of letting God be God in my life.

How do you get what Jesus offers at Easter? How do you take that first step? Simple. You let go of your fear and trust Him. You don’t let fear keep you from the greatest thing ever.

Keep the FAITH,

Pastor Scott