In the beginning was the word…John 1:1
I am immersing myself in the Word of God, and I cannot even express how vital I feel. I am in a study on Monday nights where Acts is coming alive thanks to the leadership of Linda Jones, and on Wednesday nights I am taking a journey where I walk where Jesus walked, courtesy of Ray van der Laand and our pastors Bryan Fink and Nathan Kilbourne.
We looked tonight at Acts 4, with the key verse being Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. We can afford to disagree about a few things in church without consequence. But this one tenant of our faith is so basic, so fundamental, that there can be no argument, no justifying any other view for there is no other name by which we must be saved. Peter spoke this truth in boldness and under the power of the Holy Spirit.
When was the last time you spoke this truth? In trying to be open-minded and non-judgmental, have you accepted and even promoted the false tenant that God by any other name is the same? Do you believe Peter was mistaken when he spoke of Jesus Christ who was crucified but whom God raised from the dead?
In trying to reach more people, to avoid offending, to appear “with it”, we have watered down the gospel to the point that it is barely recognizable. When was the last time you heard a sermon designed to bring conviction to the heart of the sinner? When was the last time you saw anyone make their way down to the kneeling rail to give his or her life to Christ?
There is no other name but Jesus, there is no other power than that found through the Living God, there is no other way than through the cross. God, give us kingdom understanding that we might live and breathe and know the power of your love.
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