Knowing We Know That What We Know We Really KNOW!
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
April 3, 2018
Subject
Knowing We Know That What We Know We Really KNOW!
Description

Here we are standing at the fork in the road knowing the truth of Easter.  One fork leads into the vast array of glit and glamour of everything the world has to offer and encourages us to espouse.  The other leads in the direction of what was accomplished for us by Jesus on the cross and at the tomb.  Paul, the apostle, found himself at this same place many years ago and wrote "I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." (Rom 1:16)  He took an unyielding, unequivocal stand for the Gospel and became a marked man by ungodly people. Paul knew the power of the gospel because it radically transformed him and it also transports a fallen world from sin and death to victory and eternal life in Christ. If we've been touched by the power of this gospel, we have the greatest opportunity never to be ashamed and every reason for hope and joy. In Him we have our true identity, legacy and destiny. As we stand at this fork in the road, we have the choice of directions.  My prayer is that we choose to live now who we really are in Christ Jesus.  

 Dr. Robert Morehead tells the story a young man from Rwanda who was forced by his tribe in 1980 to renounce Christ or face death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was murdered on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room: Can you make this kind of commitment for the Gospel of Christ and become a member of the Fellowship of the Unashamed?  "I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals. "I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

"My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

"I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.

"And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16)."   

These "No Matter What the Cost" disciples of Jesus Christ are the ones who consider the cost of God's call on their lives and then with perfect freedom and with a clear understanding that this road will be very difficult - overwhelming at times - they choose to answer by saying, ‘Here am I Lord! Send me.’ (Isaiah 6:8)     

As we pick up our foot to take our next step…which fork will we take?  The Fellowship of the Unashamed are also the ones who like Paul in Philippians 3:5-11 boldly proclaimed, "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ— the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead".   Let’s not just take the step, let’s take the plunge into the Spirit life. 

Pastor David

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