Here is a copy of my message today. It was titled, “Transformed or Conformed”.
Two things jumped out at me from Matthew 28. Jesus was resurrected and the Great Commission to make disciples was given. These are two crucial parts of Christianity.
These two things changed my life dramatically. The first showed me that Christianity was the real deal. When someone is raised to life you know the power of God is involved.
The second gave me a mission for my life – go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). This is what PASSION is all about and a large part of what we do.
Tomorrow we begin reading Mark 1. It is another Gospel so it touches on the same theme of Christ and His life, but it focuses on a few different things.
If you want to start with us from Mark you can find the document here.
David was described as a man after God’s own heart in 1 Samuel 13:13-14. But what are some of the things David did that made him known as that?
1. David loved God’s Word – Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long (Psalms 119:97 NIV)
2. David loved to pray to God – I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live (Psalms 116:1-2 NIV)
3. David loved to praise God – I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live (Psalms 104:33 NIV)
4. David hated being on wrong paths – I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path (Psalms 119:104 NIV)
5. David wanted a clean heart – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalms 51:10 NIV)
6. David loved when we live in unity – How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Psalms 133:1 NIV)
Theses things give us some clues. He loved God and His Word, he praised God and wanted a pure heart, he loved to pray and he loved when we live in unity.
Here is an interesting devotion from the LASB daily reading…
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalms 139:23, 24 NLT)
David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. Make this verse your prayer. If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts, and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing on God’s “path of everlasting life.”
If you are doing our New Testament Bible reading plan. Here are the readings for February. If you do not have access to a Bible there is an online one on our Bible readings page.
Week 5 – Starting 3 February
Week 6 – Starting 10 February
Week 7 – Starting 17 February
Week 8 – Starting 24 February