Are You a Christian? How do you know? What do you believe?

We’re at a time in our history at Christ Church (and the Church at large) that Dr. Packer’s questions are so helpful. He’s one of my heroes! Take a look and ask yourself these questions, and if you’re struggling at any point – join us for the “Next Step Group” Sunday April 19th 9:15 and “The Journey” beginning next Fall (Orientation sessions August 19th, and 26th)!

Honor the Sabbath….. Preparing for a Day Off! Gen. 3:14 – 16

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Here at Christ Church – we take some time to prepare to meet God as we gather together each and every Lord’s Day.  Take some time today, Friday, and Saturday and read the text to prepare yourself for what the Lord has in store for you this “Day Off”!

Genesis 3:14-16 ESV

[14] The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. [15] I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” [16] To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 

Out of the Grey!

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After reading countless essays and being subjected to trailers for the movie during The Tonight Show as we approach Valentine’s Day, I feel it necessary to jot down some thoughts about this book /  movie.

Honestly, the book / movie has no Grey area – it is very much for the follower of Jesus, a black or white issue. Don’t see it, don’t read it, and when it comes out on Netflix next week / month- don’t see it then either!

No, I haven’t read the book and I will not see the movie, and here is why.  Sex is a gift from  God and is intended for our mutual joy and for the procreation of children in the covenant of marriage between a husband and wife.  There is nothing redeemable about this movie which seeks to glorify sex outside of this relationship which is ultimate a form of bondage (no pun intended)!  This book / movie glorifies violence against women, and warps the conscience to normalize behavior which our Lord weeps over.  Mutual consent does not a moral philosophy make either!

As Kevin DeYoung points out on his blog:  “Sex is a private matter to be shared in the privacy and sanctity of the marriage bed (Heb. 13:4). Sex, as God designed it, is not meant for actors who pretend (or not) that they are making “love.” The act of conjugal union is what married couples do behind closed doors, not what disciples of Jesus Christ pay money to watch on a screen the size of your house.”

We have a problem in God’s people when we continually view /consume scenes that are not redeemable.  No I’m not naive – the Bible is full of people who are utterly sinful – and the hope we have in Christ is the same hope many of them discovered.  However, the Bible does not glorify any behavior that is outside the will of God, which not only 50 shades does, but so do many movies of our day.  That doesn’t mean that we as believers should stop watching movies, but it does beg the question for the person who would call themselves a Christian – what is the redeeming quality of this film?

I will not be doing a sermon series on 50 Shades, but I am available for counsel, as I have in the past, women who (John 4) have been subjected to such violence so that they can see beyond the lie of this world that they are in Christ a Daughter of the King – i.e. a Princess!

The Christ Church Question of the Week!! Week 7, 2015

Rev.  Juan Sanchez  – Preaching Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin Texas

Question 7:  What does the law of God require?  (Children’s answer emboldened)

Answer:  Personal, perfect, and perpetual obediencethat we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

Preparing for Sunday – the Highlight of the Week! Feb. 8

Take some time over the next few days and read this Sunday’s passage in preparation to have the Lord speak to us through His Word!

Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:25 – 3:7  “Paradise Lost:  The Fall”

[25] And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.  

[1] Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” [2] And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, [3] but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” [4] But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. [5] For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

[6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. [7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.