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Rejoicing Always

  • In times like these when we find ourselves wrestling with fears and concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to find cause for rejoicing. However, the Bible commands Christians to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).
  • How is it that we can be a people of rejoicing, always? It starts by remembering that Christian joy isn’t based on our circumstances; it’s based on the One who superintends our circumstances. As Christians we can rejoice always because our trust is in a God who is sovereign and good in all things.
  • As Christians we can rejoice in what God has done for us in our salvation. The apostle Peter calls this reality “a living hope”; and he declares that we can rejoice in this hope even though we presently suffer grief in all kinds of trials (1 Peter 1:3-6). No matter our circumstances, we have a constant basis for joy in our salvation.
  • As Christians we can rejoice in what God is doing for us through our present circumstances. The apostle James encourages us to find joy, even in our trials, because God uses our trials to grow our faith and mature us (James 1:2-5, 12). Nobody enjoys trials, but when we understand God’s purpose in them, to make us more like Christ, that’s a reason to rejoice.
  • As Christians we can rejoice in what God will do in our lives in the future. How can we rejoice over things that haven’t even happened yet? Because as the apostle Paul tells us, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). As the Lord assured Israel thousands of years ago, God knows the plans he has for you too (Jeremiah 29:11). So, trust him and rejoice.

For more information on the basis for Christian joy, please check out the many encouraging articles in The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, available in our online store.

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Fast Facts on Worldviews – Part X

  • Over the past 10 weeks our Fast Facts series has explored the various worldviews that have influenced Western culture over the past two centuries.
  • The primary lesson to be learned in humanity’s spiritual journey these past two hundred years is that apart from an embrace of God’s revealed truth in Scripture, societies are destined for disaster. This is the lesson we learn from history, but it’s also what God’s word has revealed to us for over 2,000 years (Romans 1:18-32).
  • Culture is simply worldview externalized. What an individual, a nation, or society thinks and believes about God will directly impact all areas of life. Thus, for true societal transformation to take place, it must begin with heart transformation.
  • For us as believers who are concerned with the direction our culture is heading today, what this means is that our primary motivation must be for declaring the Gospel and calling people to repentance and making Christ the Lord of their lives. Apart from genuine heart transformation, all of our other social ministry endeavors will simply be temporary band-aids masking humanity’s true need.
  • The most important message we can share with the world today is that single most important truth expressed by Jesus Christ, himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

For more information on sharing the Gospel with those caught up in false worldviews, please check out the book Apologetics For A New Generation, available in our online store.

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This Week’s Fast Facts

Fast Facts on Overcoming Boredom in Church

  • Many people wrestle with boredom in church. Often the pursued solution to this boredom is to find a “bigger” and “better” church experience. But what if this approach doesn’t satisfy?
  • Maybe you need to consider the possibility that your faith has become more “me” centered than “He” centered? Maybe a new church isn’t the answer, but a new posture in worship? Here are 3 words that have the power to forever change your experience of church.
  • “Rejoice”... As you prepare to go to worship, begin by embracing an attitude of gratitude. Reflect on the Lord’s goodness and his many blessings in your life, and thank him for them.
  • “Revere”... Focus your heart on who God is and the amazing reality that he loves you! The more you meditate on the reality that the sovereign Creator of the universe loves you, and has lavished his amazing grace upon you, the more your heart will be bent towards praise.
  • “Refocus”... Follow Paul’s admonition in Romans 12:1-2 and ask God to refocus your heart’s priorities. As you enter worship, say to the Lord, “God, my one desire today is to honor you. Please use this service to transform me, and further conform me to your holy will.”
  • By practicing these 3 “R’s” you can adopt a new posture in worship and experience the fullness of joy and blessing that’s available in gathering for worship at church.

For more information on God’s purposes for worship and the Church, please check out the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, available in our online store.

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