June 04, 2017

What is Pastor Tony Saying?

If you missed todays sermon, you can listen to it HERE.

Today was a special day as I talked about the philosophy that is behind everything I teach and preach.  It's the way I read the Bible and the way that I interpret what is in the Bible.

I spent a significant amount of time today on the point of repentance, but I want to make sure one thing is understood.  The message is moot if you have not heard God's call on your life.  You can't choose to follow God on your own.  He has to call you to it.

I am never going to stand and argue that you just need to make up your mind and do it (follow Christ).  I can't convince you of your spiritual need.

None of us can be convinced.  Not by human cunning or wisdom.  We can only be reached by God's call.  His hand reaching into  us and bringing to life, what is dead.

If God has called you, my message is for you.  You can accept your need for salvation, yet, not fully surrender to the reality that you need to respond differently than you have to anything else.  I want you to know that you need to respond fully to the call God has on your life.  Not that you will lose your salvation, but that you will not experience the fullness of all He has made you to be and to experience - including His love and mercy, the way He intends you to.

If you have heard that call , and have given an initial response by proclaiming Christ as Lord and Savior, but gone no further in growing in your faith, you are who I am talking to in today's sermon.  There is no guilt in this.  The only way to perceive guilt is if you know the message is true about you and you don't like the insinuation that you are not being who you were made to be - still.

This is a brother calling to another brother or sister to let go and stop pretending.  Stop ignoring the fact that there is more to it than mental assent.

Jesus Loves you.  He wants you.  If you have heard the call, give Him everything, not a portion, and see what happens.  If you don't know what "everything" is, begin by reading Ephesians and Colossians.  You have everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1).  No more excuses.  You are blessed to be a blessing.  Don't squander your purpose!

With you for His glory,