Being available and welcoming

The Holy Bible is very, very clear. God not only tells us (all Scripture is God-breathed; 2 Timothy 3:16) that our sins have separated us from him, and that we, ourselves, cannot do anything to regain what we’ve lost – hence our great need for Jesus – but the Bible also tells us the types of lifestyles that we must now put aside when we have turned to Jesus in repentance and faith. Now, I don’t know about you, but some of those areas that we need to now drop seem to be much harder than others. Some areas seem to be quick and easy, but others, and no doubt the area might differ for each of us, can be very hard; we might even feel like a ‘repeat offender’! And so, it is no wonder that the Holy Bible, Jesus himself, tells us that we need to sometimes take drastic action (Matthew 5:29-30) to once and for all, deal with those areas, as the last thing we would ever want is to find ourselves on the path to hell – as Jesus came to get us off that one! But the Holy Scriptures also clearly tell us that sometimes we might need the help of one another as well (Galatians 6:1-2). This might mean talking to someone you trust, about an area of your life that you struggle with, and to pray together about it and to keep accountable in it. Yes, we are to be available to one another for this. Recently, I spoke about The Jerusalem Declaration, and how sadly some in God’s church today have strayed from the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and instead keep trying to confuse the clear teachings of the Holy Bible to suit the world. I also mentioned that one specific area highlighted in The Jerusalem Declaration is sexuality, and it is highlighted because not only is the world now telling us a very different version to what God has already said, but it is a heaven or hell issue. It is certainly not one of those secondary matters that we can have different opinions on. We need to heed – tremble – at what God has said (Isaiah 66:2). Therefore, if you keep struggling to keep your sexuality holy, you might need to take some drastic action, and or, you might need to talk to someone about it. Or you might like to look at some very helpful resources. For example: Living Out, Living Hope and Liberty Christian Ministries, all on the web, appear to be very good indeed. Friends, we not only need to be available to help one another – yes, sometimes a joint effort is required – but we also need to be a church family that welcomes all people, as we together trust in Jesus, and live transformed lives in preparation for heaven.

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