It is a great privilege and an awesome responsibility to be a pastor of a local church.
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The cost of your sins is more than you can pay. The gift of your God is more than you can imagine.
When you begin to treasure God’s Word in your heart, you will find that light penetrates the darkness of your surroundings. You will be given a shield against the dangers around you as a result of the memorized Word. God’s Word sealed on your lips will rescue you from despair. Memorizing Scripture will turn discouragement into encouragement. As you hear, read, and study God’s Word, there are certain verses you’ll want to memorize. I’ve known people who had hundreds of verses of Scripture memorized. Without exception, when I ask, “How did you do that?” they answer, “One verse at a time.” First you read the verse repeatedly. You may choose to write it on a card and then take that card with you. You can put it next to your computer screen or on the visor of your car. You can post it on the refrigerator in your kitchen or by the sink so you can memorize while you do dishes.
Ponder the achievement of God. He doesn’t condone our sin; nor does he compromise his standard. He doesn’t ignore our rebellion; nor does he relax his demands. Rather than dismiss our sin he assumes our sin and, incredibly, sentences himself. God’s holiness is honored. Our sin is punished. And we are redeemed. God is still God. The wages of sin is still death. And we are made perfect.
In New Testament times, baptism served as one of the clearest proofs that a person had accepted Christ. Baptism was not entered into casually or routinely as is often the case today. Although it is clear in the New Testament that baptism does not save, to be baptized was to signify in no uncertain terms that one had received Christ and was also associating himself with the Christian group, the church.
Sin infects the entire person, from eyes to feet. Not only does sin contaminate every human being, it contaminates the being of every human. . . Sin is a fatal disease. Sin has sentenced us to a slow, painful death. Sin does to a life what shears do to a flower. A cut at the step separates a flower from the source of life. Initially the flower is attractive, still colorful and strong. But watch that flower over a period of time, and the leaves will wilt and the petals will drop.
A Bible that’s doing its job becomes well worn and well marked. Its pages begin to fray, just like a favorite family cookbook. The more we study God’s Word, the better acquainted with it become. And once we’ve learned how to dig into it ourselves, we will be able to teach others how to do the same.
Salvation is God’s business.
The Bible wasn’t given simply to satisfy idle curiosity. The Bible wasn’t written so clergy would have something to say on Sundays. The Bible has been preserved to transform the lives of people like you and me. Never forget that!