August 28, 2011
How long has it been that you have considered the fact that God has enemies? It is a fact that there are many people who are not friends of God. The sacred writings clearly teach that our heavenly Father has enemies.
Religious cowards are enemies of God. God wants his people to be courageous. There was a time when the people of God contended in behalf of truth. They spoke against all religious error because they loved the truth, the congregation of the Lord, and they loved the souls of people. A person cannot be a religious coward and be pleasing to God. Religious cowards are God’s enemies because they do not speak against things that God says are ungodly. God says “the cowardly” will have their part in the lake of fire. (Rev. 21:8) We cannot be passive but we must actively contend for the faith. (Jude 3) We can’t sit by and watch the fight. God says we are to fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Tim. 6: 12) Let us raise our voices and tell the sin-sick world what God says aboutsame sex marriage, abortion, homosexuality, idolatry, and anything else that is out of harmony with the word of God.
Divisive people are enemies of God. Division may be unavoidable if truth is at stake. The New Testament does not teach us to have unity at any price. Jesus said true unity comes from keeping the words of the apostles. (John 17:20-21) There is no middle ground between truth and error. In the context of this study, divisive people are those who create unnecessary division by teaching error, pressing matters of opinion, making and binding laws that God has not made, etc. Paul wrote, “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.” (Titus 3: 10-11) In verse seven, he said that we are to avoid “foolish controversies.”
Morning Scripture: Romans 14:1-6
Evening Scripture: 2 Peter 3:1-10
A.M. Sermon………… How To Handle Matters Of Opinion
P.M. Sermon…………. What Is The Congregation’s Work?
Let us remember to pray for and assist the sick and shut in. Pray for the elderly members. Encourage the babes in Christ with the Lord’s word and by the example of righteousness. Encourage those who have the ability to teach the word of God, to do so, within the local body and in their homes.