Of The Local Church
Rev. Larry Thompson, Pastor
On July 11, I began a series of sermons on the eight spiritual values (pillars) that are the foundation of worship and ministry at Martinsburg Church of Bruin: Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Eph.1:22-23; Phil.2:13); Authentic Worship (Rom.12:1-2); God’s Word (2 Tim.3:16); Biblical Community (Acts 2:42-46); Faithful Service (Eph.4:11-14); Prayer (Mat.7:7-11); Lost People (Luke 19:10) and Excellence (John3:16; Col.3:23-24). In today’s message, I will present and expand upon the first of our spiritual values: “Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.”
Jesus Christ is indeed Lord and the facilitator of all Creation (Mat.28:18; John 1:3). He is the only begotten Son of the one living and true God (John 3:16). He is the human manifestation of the infinite love of God for all mankind (John 1:4-5).
The Bible tells us in Romans 5:8: “… God Commended (demonstrated) His (infinite) love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died on his cross at Calvary for every man, woman and child that will call upon him for remission and forgiveness of sin. This promise of God and the sacrifice of Christ are without exception. Jesus tells us this in his own words, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this (John 11:25-26)?” Jesus made this promise over 2000 years ago and we can still believe it today!
Jesus Christ is the undisputed head of his Church. Speaking of himself as the “rock” of his church, Jesus tells us the following, “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Mat.16:18).” Christ expands further on this when he told his disciples, “…All power (authority) has been given unto me in heaven and in earth (Mat.28:18).”
The more we contemplate and dwell on the work and ways of Christ, the Holy Spirit of God will open our hearts and “spiritual eyes to His power and provision for our eternal security and everlasting salvation in Jesus: “…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope (expectation) of his calling (along with) the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power (toward) us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:17-20).”
May we forever rest in the spirit, power and assurance of Jesus Christ, God’s promised Messiah and Savior of mankind.
God Bless all of you.