Sermon Questions for week of November 13th, 2016

If trials and sufferings will come into our church, like what’s happening in Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. Are we ready to face the challenge?
It’s not only the message of hope, but the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that should be preached in season or out of season regularly.

The Muslim are ready to sacrifice their life, in the name of Allah, propagating Islam in unprecedented magnitude. But, we Christians that the Lord Jesus Christ paid by his blood and has the true way of salvation, but we cannot get off from our comfort zone because of the affluence of the country.
Glory to GOD!

Are we ready to face the challenge? That is a good question. Comfort zones and affluence is also a good observation. I am going to answer both of these questions with the same answer because I think the biblical text itself gives us the answer we need, and these questions are asking the same root question.

Romans 10:9-10 says, If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

This is a commonly known passage and a wonderful one. In a culture where declaring someone as Lord meant that you were declaring to live your life for them, it was no small matter to say Jesus is Lord. Those early Christians were called to this knowing it may cost them their life.

I think culturally we live “safely” in the sense of physical violence. But still, this doesn’t take away the truth that declaring Christ as our Lord means we have forsaken all else to live for Christ. I think we face an entirely different kind of persecution in the west that being cultural influence drawing us away from the truth of scripture, which in many senses is much more deadly than physical persecution.

So at the heart of it we need to really ask the question personally, because we cannot gauge other people’s hearts like God, what am I willing to give up to follow Jesus? Because Christ does call us to give him everything.

Mark 8:34-38 says: 34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?* 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The real question is Jesus our Lord. Lord of everything. Because he gave his life for us, He is our creator and savior. We need to really check our perspective and reality of what we believe to cling to our hope and pursue Christ through all things.