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Holiness

Holiness

Do you take holiness seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many will indeed speak of their desire to “become more like Jesus”, it seems that any serious discussions about pursuing personal holiness are immediately dismissed by modern evangelicals as nothing but legalism and phariseeism.

If more Christians took seriously God’s command to come out from the world, stay separate from the world, and even hate the world so that they might become more like their Saviour, they would so shine as lights in this world that many would come to Christ.

God calls you to take holiness seriously:

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) “For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” (Romans 6:19)


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Sabbath

Sabbath

Do you take the sabbath seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will indeed attend an hour-long worship service each week, there are very few who consciously and consistently set aside an entire twenty-four hour period each week for rest, worship, and ministry.

If more Christians took seriously God’s command to remember and keep holy the sabbath day, the stores and restaurants would be empty, the houses of worship and prayer would be filled, the orphans and widows would be visited, and the saints would be refreshed and rewarded.

God calls you to take the sabbath seriously:

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD…” (Isaiah 58:13-14)


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Church

Church

Do you take church seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed acknowledge a place for church in their busy lives, it seems that few regard the visible church as the earthly and institutional manifestation of the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If more Christians did take the church seriously, they would not only honor its ministry, oracles, ordinances, and officers; but they would also enable the church to grow through their commitment to and cooperation in the work of ministry.

God calls you to take the church seriously:

For Jesus promised, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” and proved it by ascending “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come… to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Matt. 16:18 and Eph. 2:21-23)


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Missions

Missions

Do you take missions seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most Christians will indeed attend occasional missionary presentations in the local church and even offer financial support when encouraged to do so, it seems that most Christians have lost the missionary vision and zeal of the early church.

If more Christians did take missions seriously, they would regard the nations as Christ’s inheritance, remember missionaries daily in their prayers, and support missionaries through regular financial giving (ensuring that missionaries don’t have to spend six months of the year off the mission field fund-raising).

God calls you to take missions seriously:

For Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” and “You shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)


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Witnessing

Witnessing

Do you take witnessing seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, it seems that most Christians have chosen to follow the lead of those politically correct persons who regard it as “impolite” to discuss religion, rather than following the example of the apostles who turned the entire world upside down through their witness.

If more Christians did take seriously Christ’s command to be his witnesses in this world, they would be more circumspect about how they walk, they would be more quick to speak of Christ, and our culture might once again be transformed by the power of the gospel.

God calls you to take witnessing seriously:

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5-6) and “and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).


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Hospitality

Hospitality

Do you take hospitality seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, many probably cannot even remember the last time they invited a neighbor (much less an absolute stranger) into their home to demonstrate the love of Christ through simple acts of Christian hospitality.

If more Christians did take hospitality seriously, their doors would always be open the stranger, their kitchens would always be open to the hungry, their couches would always be available to the homeless, their wallets would always be open to the needy, and their claims to be followers of Christ would be clearly confirmed.

God calls you to take hospitality seriously:

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2) and “Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9). For Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)


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