Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” But does that really mean that raising kids in a godly home guarantees they’ll grow up to follow Jesus? What about all the kids who were raised well, but walked away from God as adults?
“Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11, NIV).
If belonging to the Kingdom puts us in spiritual leadership positions on par (or even greater, as Jesus says) with men like John the Baptist, then I’d say we’re in good company! But let’s be humble (like John was) and remember that we still have much work to do, and that we need the Spirit of God to empower and enable us to do it. That brings to mind Hebrews 12:1-2a:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Prayer for this week: that we follow in the footsteps of great spiritual leaders in the Church while keeping our eyes on Christ, so that we may be filled with the Spirit to accomplish our calling.
Sermon delivered at Pontiac Bible Church on 5/3/2015.
Homosexuality has become an explosive and divisive issue in our society. Culture demands full acceptance and legitimization, claiming that homosexuals are born that way and have a right to live however they want. Conservative Christians are attacked as bigots and homophobes, and in response many congregations and denominations have redefined Scripture and what the Church has taught on this issue for thousands of years. But what does the Bible really say about homosexuality? And what should our response be? We’ll find out as we continue the Too Hot To Handle series.