Preaching and living

We must become Christians if we want to enter heaven. Christ paved a path to follow to reap the rewards of eternity. Head, heart and hands must all join as we live for the Lord.

Everything in Christianity was organized before time began (Ephesians 1:4), and God’s Word will be supreme after it ceases. What happens in the middle can have no effect because God’s will is so much bigger than we are.

God writes on a canvas larger than the universe and we’re an infinitesimal spot on the fabric (Psalm 139:7-12). Humility is easier the more we immerse ourselves in Scripture (James 4:10). We must perpetually place God on his throne as we sit in the dirt.

Adam and Eve were placed in Eden and sin soon arrived (Genesis 3:1-6). It wasn’t a failure on God’s part, but the continuation of a process as Satan’s demise was sealed (Genesis 3:15). All that was pre-planned began to fall into line as the Messiah prepared for his stage (Isaiah 2:1-4).

In time, the Word was delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 20) after being written in heaven. Man was judged by his obedience to the eternal Word in  the first covenant (Deuteronomy 4:5). As Christ came, he stressed obedience (John 12:48; 14:15) and righteous living (Matthew 5-7) as two parts of a whole.

Jesus was given a kingdom by God (Matthew 16:18-19) and he will return it pristine to his Father in the end (1 Corinthians 15:24). When we submit to Christ in immersion (Acts 2:38; 22:16), we are added to Christ’s Church and kingdom (Acts 2:47; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).

Serving as representatives, we share his eternal gospel with the world as the message permeates our lives (Matthew 28:18-20; John 6:35; Psalm 119). We remain in its boundaries at all times as we strive to glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:21).

We teach the eternal message in its purity (2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Galatians 1:8-9; 1 Corinthians 4:6) in love and gentleness (Ephesians 4:15). Yet, we’re judged by how we conduct ourselves in the process (Ephesians 4:1).

When we fail to live the gospel message, our failure can obscure the message of God and cause souls to be lost. The message and the man [woman] must match up. Hypocrisy and an unloving spirit damage the Lord’s Church severely (Galatians 2:11-12).

Regardless of whether we proclaim truth or worship properly, a sinful life renders it a moot point. However, none of us are perfect and we perpetually need the blood of Christ to forgive our shortcomings (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:7).

We teach truth and help people see the validity of the eternal Word. We stress grace and mercy and help the saved and the lost understand that even God’s children will fail constantly and that we all need Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 11:28-29).

Remain true to the sound, healthy, wholesome doctrine of God and walk in the light of the Lord (1 John 1:6-8). Be clothed in love (1 John 4) and rise above the frailties of the flesh (Ephesians 4:17-23).

The work of God is at stake if we live carelessly. Nevertheless, live every moment thankful for the grace of God that allows us to walk in righteousness (Romans 12:1-2).

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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