Friday, November 26, 2010

Being part of the faith community but not really embracing God

    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.   (Matthew 3:7-10 ESV)

The Pharisees came looking but not repenting or being baptized.  There are always those who are on the fringes of the work of God, even religious types, who come but never really embrace God by repenting or fully embracing what he is doing.  Religious people will read this and automatically think that this does not apply to them.  That itself is a symptom of 'Phariseeism!'  Beware of the power of indwelling sin to deceive us!  Do not be left out of what God is doing in our body at this time - individuals are giving themselves to Christ, God is drawing new people to our body, and we started the Sanctuary remodel this week.  We had several faithful individuals who were diligently working to make the gym into a place of worship for us.  Lets come and embrace what God is doing in our midst!


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