NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/13/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 5)

 

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS

We continue our study of righteousness. Tonight's focus is on the righteous works that must remain and the relationship to Final Judgment and one's Justification. There are different views on whether or not we are secure when we are justified by faith or if justification is dependent on one's entire life. Can you lose you salvation? Is your salvation eternally secured even if you reject Jesus as Lord later in your life? My hope, and prayer, is that we will worship God in spirit and in truth as we seek to understand God's righteous works in the believer throughout the life of faith. Please pray for North Minneapolis as you are led tonight.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/12/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 4)

Issue: Righteousness (Part 4)

We continue our look into righteousness. I hope you have been blessed by the study as much as I have. I pray your faith is being fed by the Word and God is blessing your soul. I ask that you continue to pray for God's name to be praised as holy here in North Minneapolis as well as around the world. We last spoke about God's declaration of Abraham as righteous by faith. Tonight, we look at a passage that has been used to say Paul's assessment of Genesis 15:6 is incorrect. As we look into the context of James, I hope to bring out the consistent truth of God's word on what it means to be declared righteous by God as well as work through promises and revelation from God in regard to the work He continues to do in the believer.  I will be turning this blog series on Righteousness into an eBook. All current members of my blog at the time it is finished will receive a link to download it via email. If you are not signed up for the newsletter, please take a moment to do so. It is on this page and only requires you enter your email and confirm your email from the response that is automatically issued. May God bless your pursuit of enjoying Christ Jesus.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/11/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 3)

Issue: God's Will-Righteousness (Part 3)

We have been travelling through meditations and the resulting prayers that God gives from them on the Lord's Prayer. We have spent a bit of time looking at what God's will is that He desires we pray will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The past two blogs have been focused on digging into the word "righteousness". Tonight we continue that study. Please pray God will send His messengers here to help us. I need partners. We need help to love the people here well. We earnestly desire, first and foremost, that the gospel will come in power and bring new birth and the resulting worship that will flow forth from it. Let the LORD lead you to pray however He may speak to you as we seek to make His great name known in North Minneapolis. I pray this blog give you grace and peace.  

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/9/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 2)

 

ISSUE: GOD'S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS

I originally thought this would be a two part series. It has turned out to be a bit longer. I've got at least one more blog coming on God's will for us to be righteous. I pray it is helping you grow in love for God. It is a crucial topic worthy of meditation and prayer. The righteousness of Christ is a prayer we should all desire to pursue on our behalf and that of others. What a gift it is to know God by understanding His righteousness and how it is a blessing to us! Tonight, I ask you pray for many to be covered in the righteousness of Christ and cleansed of sin. For those of us who are already covered and cleansed, the prayer is that He might continue to clean us from the sin we commit now. We are cleansed, but we continually need to be cleansed as well. One note: If you sign up for the email newsletter, I am turning this series into an eBook for free download. I will send it out once it is complete. I don't know if I will make it available on the site long-term or not, so make sure to sign up soon. I will likely post it or make it available upon request, but I'm still learning how to make my email send things automatically.

With that said, we will continue our study:

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG 11/9/17: RIGHTEOUSNESS (Part 1)

 

Issue: GOD’S WILL-RIGHTEOUSNESS 

Today, we continue to pray God’s will for North Minneapolis. We have been working through the Lord’s Prayer and meditating on what those statements Jesus taught us to pray mean. God has desires for His creation. Those desires will come to be because He is sovereign and is working to bring them about by means of the gospel proclamation to people He transforms and is transforming. He is making men and women into His image, the image perfectly reflected in His Son, Jesus Christ. We are being formed into His likeness, the likeness seen and heard in His Son. We image Him by creation, but we are made into His likeness. That marred image is reformed through a process of sanctification and the likeness is simultaneously renewed. Let’s look at holiness, because God’s name is holy and this is where our study tonight begins.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOR 11/08/17: YOUR SANCTIFICATION

Issue: God’s Will-Your Sanctification

In our continuing study of God’s will for North Minneapolis (and really His will for each of us who are His), we move from a general position of all creation under Christ’s Lordship into a personal process of sanctification. Let me put it another way so walk with me for a second. Everything is under the authority of God because He is the Creator and Lord of everything He has made. He has authority because it is His. But we see that God the Father has created and sustained everything in order to put it under the authority of Jesus Christ.[1] Jesus is now Lord over everything to the glory of God and every knee will bow and tongue confess Him as such.[2] Even the enemies of God like Satan, Death, Hades, and all who continue in rebellion against God are under His Lordship. We see that in the reality that He judges and sends them to their eternal dwelling at Judgment Day. They obey and go where He sends, like it or not. But there is a special will for those who put their faith in Him, those that are His, and it has an aim: Sanctification that will result in glorification. I’m going to focus a bit on the sanctification part.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER BLOG FOR 11/07/17: THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST

Issue: God’s Will-The Lordship of Christ

When we began praying the Lord’s Prayer for North Minneapolis, we began with some needs. That was out of order, but relevant. Need drives us to seek help outside of ourselves. Jesus often took care of needs that were driving men and women to seek a greater help than what was available. Others had needs, but didn’t see a source of help until they met Christ. Needs point us to our smallness, our helplessness, our weakness, and ultimately point us to Christ. The greatest need we have is to be freed from slavery to anything other than Christ. At the heart of that bondage is sin. Sin separates us from God and others. Guilt and shame that come from the law can literally kill you. We find out later we were spiritually dead the whole time. God’s revealed will tells us that God has done a work from eternity past for the purpose of uniting all things under Christ.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOCUS FOR 11/05/17: THE SABBATH

Issue: God’s Will-Image through Rest

I’ve been working through a CCEF course over the last 8 or so weeks. We have had the blessing of looking at some of the Ten Commandments in the course of our reading. This week I was able to reflect on rest. To reflect on rest, we have to reflect on God as well as work. I want to share with you some thoughts on the Sabbath Day.

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOCUS FOR 11/04/17: THE GOSPEL

Issue: God’s Will-The Gospel

We’ve been praying a lot about what’s going on in North Minneapolis lately. I’ve presented some statistics and needs to share with you about who we are and what’s going on in our lives as a people. Most of these needs are pretty general and differ in different places around the country (and world) as far as how poverty, sin, and religion are interspersed, but in reality there are issues like this everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you go there is a need for the gospel. There is also a need for the people of God to be a light there too. This is God’s will: the gospel will come to every inch of the earth and all the people that inhabit it for His glory. Sin wears different masks, but the problem is still sin. The effects and spread of sin is a problem God cares a ton about. He sent His Son to die so that it might be eradicated and people might be freed to be in relationship with Him.

 

NORTH MINNEAPOLIS PRAYER FOCUS FOR 10/31/17: ALL HALLOW'S EVE AND THE BONDAGE OF PAGANISM

Issue: God’s Will-All Hallow’s Eve and the Bondage of Paganism

Yesterday we looked at religion and how it differs from God’s will in His work of grace for salvation. Today, we will continue to look at the bondage of sin. God’s will is to free us, or save us, from this bondage. Religion ensnares men and women much like a net. Sin does this as well. Guilt and shame can wrap us up and keep us bound, but thanks be to God who has set us free from guilt and shame by taking both upon Himself on the cross! But before I get off on a praise rant, let’s jump into the history of Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve.

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