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Partnering in Christ

One of the privileges of being a part of the larger body of Christ is that we have opportunity to partner with other believers who are doing God’s work in areas where we will likely never get to go. This partnership allows us the opportunity to participate in their ministry from afar through our support. This reality elevates our responsibility in missions as we recognize that both the good and the bad that are done in our supported ministries becomes our work. John was quick to warn the church about partnering with those who are deceivers and antichrists in 2 John, but in 3 John he encourages believers to actively participate in the work of those who are faithful. The responsibility is weighty, but the joy of seeing a spiritual return on our investment far outweighs the burden. We have a great privilege to partner with many good and faithful men and women who are using our support to push the church forward all around the world. May God strengthen us to fulfill our investment faithfully, and may He bless our missionaries with continued faithfulness in the work. Read More

The Strength that Perseveres

Peter wrote in his second epistle that God has given us everything that we need to pursue life and godliness. That includes the resources that are necessary to gain victory over Satan and temptation in spiritual warfare. We often take these resources for granted thinking of a cute children’s illustration dressed as an ancient Roman soldier, but the importance of our spiritual armor ought not be diminished. Consider how foolish one would be to enter a battle arrayed in shorts and a t-shirt. We are similarly foolish to think that we can enter spiritual battle without truth, righteousness, the preparation of the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and God’s Word. Without these essentials we are vulnerable to attack and defeat. May God strengthen us by the power of His might to stand firm in the armor of God in the evil day. Read More

Abiding in Christ

When we believe the gospel, many things about us as people change. One of the most significant changes is our standing in Christ. Before we were saved, we were outside of Christ. But upon our faith and repentance, God places us into Christ. In Christ, we are new creatures (2 Cor 5:17); we are dead to sin and alive in Him (Rom 5:5); and we receive many other glorious realities. One of these other realities is that we live in fellowship with Christ (John calls this abiding in Him). When we are saved, we begin an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that demands a willingness to make adjustments in our lives just as we would if we took up residency with anyone. We must be sensitive to what offends Him and consciously conform ourselves to His standards. This is accomplished by God’s truth dwelling in us which changes our backbiting to building up, our grumbling to thankful praise, and our self-glorifying occupations to God-glorifying work. May Jesus continue to change us as we live in Him and His Word lives in us. Read More