FeelMyFaith.com

Creative Biblical content at the intersection of life and faith.

The Danger of Doing Nothing (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Most Easter messages will expound on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, this time we look at it from a different perspective. What about our own resurrection? Because He rose, we will too, and either enter an eternity of blessing or judgement. In 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, Paul encourages us to live what we believe. If we believe that Jesus rose from the dead, then we should do something about it. We should work and prepare as though we’re going somewhere, as though our resurrection is imminent. He also suggests that a lack of labor is evidence of a lack of faith. What are you preparing for? Hopefully, it is the return of Jesus Christ.


Listen to Audio

Continue reading
210 Hits
0 Comments

My New Body (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

One of the many things we as humans anticipate in the resurrection is our new body. For most, we are thrilled with the prospects of this extreme makeover. But, how extreme will it be? Paul gives us some insight in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. He tells us that our new body will come from our current body, much like a flower comes from a seed. Our new body will not begin to compare to the old one, for this we are most thankful, but will be fully redeemed. We draw some conclusions also from the risen Christ who was seen in the physicality of his human body, but with one which was clearly different in its capabilities. Like all of creation, our bodies will one day be redeemed and made-over and we will be like Him!


Listen to audio

Continue reading
206 Hits
0 Comments

Surviving the Resurrection (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Jesus’ resurrection was the inauguration of an ongoing process, not merely an event that happened at one point in history. It was the dawning of a work that continues, the “first fruits” of more to come. However, the resurrection results and ends when the world is returned to right and God is “all in all” (I Cor. 15:28). Now is the time to be born again and spread the gospel until that day when we too will be resurrected and redeemed by the power of God.


Listen to Audio

Continue reading
223 Hits
0 Comments

Pitiful Faith (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Paul writes that if the Corinthians deny the resurrection, they are of all men “most pitiable.” The danger is when we detach from what Jesus has done in the resurrection, our faith becomes vain, empty, meaningless, worthless; and now Paul adds two more words - futile and pitiful. Doesn’t this sound vaguely familiar to the American church which is often immoral, ineffective, heretical, divided, and assimilating cultural norms and masquerading them as spiritual forms of worship? We have, as they, pulled the plug from our souls that holds us to the resurrection. Because of it, we should seriously consider our message, faith, doctrine, mission, and morals.


Listen to Audio


Continue reading
210 Hits
0 Comments

Really? (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Our new series, “The Resurrection of Faith,” challenges us to evaluate what we really believe about Jesus Christ and our salvation. While at points in our lives, emotions and circumstances can affect our view of the resurrection, we must evaluate whether we are in doubt or denial. This message reveals that the greatest evidence for the resurrection is not the empty tomb, but the risen Christ. These events were witnessed by hundreds and then recorded within one generation of the resurrection. However, despite all evidences, the power of Christ working through the lives of His people everyday is the greatest witness of all. Too often we profess our faith in a living Christ and yet live as though He is still dead.


Listen to Audio

Continue reading
219 Hits
0 Comments

The Gospel Is

Paul summarizes the gospel message in three simple phrases:

· Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures

· He was buried

· He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

Scholars believe that Paul’s choice of wording here was borrowed from an early church creed; a creed that is believed to have been widely circulated within 20 years of the resurrection of Jesus. This means that in the early church, people who expressed faith in the gospel affirmed doctrinal truth.

In sharing the gospel in our community I have begun to increasingly encounter people whom I would say had some sort of ethereal/spiritual encounter with God that resulted in their belief that they have eternal life. The encounter usually entails me sharing the doctrinal precepts of the gospel such as: man as a sinner, Jesus as the substitute who died for sinful man, His resurrection, and the proper response of man to the gospel; repentance and faith. Throughout this portion of the presentation the people with whom I am sharing seem somewhat unfamiliar with these truths. Yet when I ask them some sort of question as to whether or not they have been “born again”, “saved”, or have “eternal life” they respond with certainty. At this point I ask them to share the story of their conversion.

These ethereal conversion stories usually entail a dream, a vision, or a “feeling of peace” that suddenly comes over them during a traumatic experience or a prayer during such experience. Their conversion story is usually void of any affirmation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God or the meaning of His death and resurrection. Most of them have much to say about their perceptions of God, but very little to say about His Son. I do not doubt that people have dreams that result in making a profound change in one’s life. I do not doubt that people can experience an unusual amount of peace during a trauma or while praying through trauma. Yet while I do not doubt those experiences, such things in and of themselves do not result in regeneration of the depraved human soul. A person may have a profound experience, but a person must also affirm certain truths in order to be truly born again. Having a dream or a feeling that changes one’s life does not necessarily result in Biblical salvation.

In order to be born again a person must connect with the risen Christ in something less ethereal or spiritual, and something more doctrinal, objective, and absolute. Let us not forget that Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians 15 had an incredible “vision” of Jesus. Something certainly ethereal (I use the term loosely here), supernatural, and life changing (Acts 9). Yet in the expression of his faith Paul affirmed certain doctrinal truths as the basis of his conversion. He did not simply hold to having a vision. One cannot simply have a great experience, affirm nothing of the gospel, and be born again. In order to be born again one must affirm certain doctrinal truths revealed in Scripture; namely that Jesus has died for our sin, that He has physically risen from the dead, and that the only proper response of mankind to these truths is repentance and faith (Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-13). The gospel is not a dream, an ethereal or spiritual experience, or a vision. The gospel is revealed truth based solely upon Jesus Christ. Our souls must connect with objective, historical reality (namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture) and not rely on subjective perceptions. In order to be born again one must affirm what, “the gospel is.”

Continue reading
195 Hits
0 Comments

Believing in Vain

The more we move forward chronologically it seems that our souls detach from the meaning of the past. Last summer I stood in the very square in Timisoara, Romania where the Romanian revolution began. The Romanian revolution was not only a political event, but a definitively spiritual one. It was not the beginning of faith in Romania, but rather its coming out party. The revolution of December 1989 may have been fueled by political unrest, but it was ignited by prayer and open expressions of the Christian faith.

Though we were there just shy of the 20 year anniversary, and bullet holes still served as memorials in the architecture, it seemed to me that many Romanians, at least in the churches, have detached from the meaning of that event. In hearing the stories, the churches were full in the days following revolution, but not so much today. The same is true in America. Post 9/11 we were full of faith and patriotism. What the Romanians forgot in 20 years it seemed like Americans dismissed in 2 weeks. Now, March 2, 2010, we are full of confusion and marching toward Socialism. The human soul has a short memory.

Within one generation, probably 20 to 30 years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Paul responds to the infighting, immorality, and assimilation of Pagan worship and heretical doctrine in the Corinthian church with a stern reminder. The resurrection of Jesus Christ will change the human soul, “unless you believed in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2b).”

When most people read this passage, or hear me explain it, their question becomes, “Can someone lose their salvation.” My response is unequivocally, “No.” But I would also respond that the souls of truly born again people do not detach so easily from the meaning of the resurrection. Their faith is not in vain. The word “vain” means empty, worthless, meaningless. By their actions, there are many people who profess Jesus Christ, but demonstrate a version of faith that is “empty, worthless, meaningless.” They have believed in vain. Such people do not have eternal life.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ will impact one’s speech, habits, marriage, finances, attitudes, motives, morals, vision, parenting, commitment to church, service to community, ethics, . . . The resurrection impacts the very essence of everyone who believes it. Though many professing Christians would not verbally deny the resurrection of Christ, their ethic betrays them. They deny Jesus is the risen Lord by the way they treat their family and forsake their marriage. They deny the resurrection by their internet activity, speech patterns, attitudes, morals, lack of commitment, lack of stability, lack of direction, and lack of controlling faith. Their souls have detached from historical truth. Jesus Christ has risen. Those who have not believed in vain live under His lordship daily because He is alive.

Continue reading
254 Hits
0 Comments