Northside Church of Christ



The "Elder's Corner" is a way for our Elders to reach out to the congregation with thoughts or considerations that they may want to relay. This will be in our bulletin as well as here on our website.




Elder's Corner Archive

 

6/4/2017
THE PROMISES OF GOD, PART 2

By Charlie Lewis

As Moses life was coming to an end, he spoke to Joshua, "Be strong and courageous, for you must to with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among the as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:6c-8) Knowing the LORD God is faithful, the Spirit of God spoke through the Hebrew writer, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’" (Hebrews 13: 5) As we grow in our faith to completely, wholeheartedly trust and obey the Father, Jesus, who is our suffering savior and redeemer, gives us full confidence without any doubt that he will be with us, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthews 28:18-20) We can stand boldly on these promises because God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit works together as one, making sure we, the church, are provided for and protected. Listen to what Luke shared with us, "’Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnessed of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off---for all whom the Lord our God will call.’" (Acts 2:29-39) What a promise (the gospel of Jesus Christ) which reaches us today and in the future, those who will respond to God’s call through the preaching of the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ! There are other passages of scriptures showing Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises of God such as Acts 3:21-26, Acts 13: 23, 32-34,Acts 26: 6-7, and Romans 1: 2-3. As we concluded the promises of God, Jesus brings superior (better) promises through the new covenant, "But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said, ‘The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with people of Judah ….I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people….For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’ By calling this covenant ‘new’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear….For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." (Hebrews 8: 6-13; 9: 15)



 
5/28/2017

THE PROMISES OF GOD, PART 1
By: Charlie Lewis

After a heavy down pour of rain, while the sun is trying to shine through the dark grayish sky, a beautiful, array of colors arch across the sky, known as a rainbow, is there because God promised never to destroy the world again with water, "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life." (Genesis 9:12-16) We serve a God who is trustworthy, "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?" (Numbers 23: 19) God is true to His word and His will because God does not lie and it is impossible for Him to lie. (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18) Also, our God is absolutely unchanging, "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind…", "I the LORD do not change", and "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." (Psalms 110: 4; Malachi 6:6; James 1:17-18) In addition to God being trustworthy and unchanging, God is faithful in keeping His promises, "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead---since he was about a hundred years old --- and that Sarah’s womb as also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised." (Romans 4: 18-21) Nothing is impossible with our God, who is faithfully to his children of old and those of us today. Let’s put our complete trust in our God who encourages us to "Submit yourselves, then, to Him (God). Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you." (James 4: 7-8) Farmers know for certain when it comes to planting, this principle is true, "…whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…." (2 Corinthians 9:6) Paul taking this same principle of farming and applies it to our Christian journey, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, for the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6: 7-10) Now from the past, we have examples of God’s promises through covenant relationships with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Israelites, David and Jeremiah. Since God is trustworthy, unchanging and faithful with these men of great biblical importance, God’s promises were fulfilled through Jesus Christ our Lord. "But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No.’ For the son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me, and Silas and Timothy, was not ‘Yes" and ‘No’, but in him it has always been ‘Yes’. For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ." (2 Corinthians 1: 18-21b) To be continued…


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