Don’t worry about the Judgment Seat of Christ

For all CCU members who walked with me through our study of eschatology, this supports what we studied. This is a devotion written by Charles Stanley.

Acts 10:42-48

During our life on earth, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. However, as our days here draw to a close, and especially at the end of time, He takes His seat as Judge and prepares to reward believers for the good things they did in His name.

I think there is a widespread misconception that God the Father will be our judge. But it is Christ who gave us, His followers, the charge to go into the world and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). Therefore, He has been given the right to determine which of our actions and thoughts furthered His goal (John 5:22).

Christ is an impartial judge. He is not influenced by what others think or say, but rather, He determines what is right and good based on His honorable, just standard. We’ll be stripped of our worthless works–in other words, the actions and words we used for selfish ambition or vain conceit. All that will remain are the worthwhile things we thought, said, and did to honor God. These are the valuable parts of our lives for which we will be rewarded.

Reward is the whole point of placing believers before the judgment seat of Christ. Shame and guilt over past sin and mistaken motivation have no place there (Rom. 8:1). Our loving Savior is eager to show us our heavenly treasure.

Christ will expose the real you at the judgment seat by casting away the worthless things you’ve done. What remains will be the man or woman who endeavored to please the Lord. Let us determine to be powerful reflections of our Savior, both on earth and in heaven.

Do you “Believe”?

Romans 10:9 NIV

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In the Bible, the word “believe” isn’t a conceptual word describing intellectual agreement alone. It is a word of action. Our belief should never be hidden like a light placed under a bowl (Luke 11:33)–when unbelieving family and friends look at our lives, they need to see the gospel in action.

Do you really believe, or are you just talking?

Pastor Greg

It’s on the way!

Hey folks, this is pastor Greg. I shared this before, and I feel led to share it again.

God isn’t withholding the answer from you.

He isn’t refusing to release it to you.

He is processing you to the answer.

You’re in the stages of your answer.

It will manifest!

Look for a turning point. It’s on the way!

Matthew 7:7-8 KJV

7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?

If this is for you…..receive it, in Jesus’ name.

Love you.

He’s working it out for you

God is working things out for us even if we don’t feel it.

Just have faith, be prayerful, and have hope…….for this is where miracles blossom.

God always have something for us—–a key for every problem, a light for every shadow, a relief for every sorrow, and a plan for every tomorrow.

We are formed by His hands, dreamed up in His heart, and placed in this world to fulfill His purpose in our lives.

Remember life is the best school, God is the best teacher, our problems are the best assignment and God is an AWESOME GOD!

Pastor Greg

The Good News

While on “Pinterest” my wife read something I thought you should know. The unknown author of the message said and I quote, “If you don’t teach your children to know Christ, the world will teach them not to know Him.

Deuteronomy 11:19 NLT

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

John 3:16 NLT

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

There is a heaven, and there is a hell.

I summit, Pastor Greg

Feeling Lost

You may feel lost, but God knows precisely where you are…..and God has great plans for your future.

Stay encouraged and be blessed today.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Pastor Greg

The Tongue

If you’re someone who says things you shouldn’t say, follow Chuck Swindoll’s advise.

Think first. Before your lips start moving, pause ten seconds and mentally preview your words. Are they accurate or exaggerated? Kind or cutting? Necessary or needless? Wholesome or vile? Grateful or complaining?

Talk less. You increase your chances of blowing it if you talk too much. Furthermore, compulsive talkers find it difficult to keep friends. Conserve your verbal energy!

Start today. Fit that muzzle on your mouth now. It’s a project you’ve put off long enough.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Use it to edify!

Pastor Greg

Worship and praise

“Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).

As you open up a hymnal on Sunday and sing along with the choir or praise ministry, remember, God is not listening to the tone of your voice or the words you sing. He is listening to your heart. Is it turned to Him in worship and praise and adoration? Or is tuned to the distractions of the world? Are you thinking about His goodness or about the person you promised to meet at the mall later in the afternoon?

Food for thought.

Pastor Greg

The People of Ministry

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Some people believe Christianity is self-service only, but we can’t just take in the gospel and not share it with others. God wants to empty us of ourselves so He can fill us with something new. Then we can give of what He has given us. This is accomplished through ministry, or as the Bible calls it, good works. A good work is always done to benefit someone else so that God publicly gets the glory. Matthew 5:16 says: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Our good works give the world a glimpse of God. Hebrews 10:24 says that the church should “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.”

What constitutes a good deed? Jesus said that anyone who gives a cup of cold water in His name will not be forgotten (Matthew 10:42). We do good works in the name of Jesus to give Him the credit and the proper due.

Ministry is for the benefit of several groups of people. We are to minister to those who minister to us, our preachers and congregational leaders (Galatians 6:6). We are to minister to the poor. Deuteronomy 15:11 says: “Freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.” And we are to minister to the unsaved by sharing the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission. Men can recover from earthly circumstances, but there is no eternal solution outside of Jesus.

Our churches should be a place of ministry, not merely a place of gathering.

Ten ways to help your pastor.

There are 10 ways to help your pastor. In church you can either be the pastor or help the pastor. You can help him by 1. Praying for him , his family, and ministry ( James 5:16). 2. Show up for the preaching of God’s Word ( 1 Peter 5:1-2). 3. Pick a ministry and be faithful ( John 12:26). 4. Obey God in your financial stewardship ( 2 Corinthians 9:6-7). 5. Teach your children by example to respect their pastor ( Hebrews 13:7,17). 6. Envision a great future for your church ( Proverbs 29:18). 7. Take an active part in making that vision a reality ( James 1:22-25). 8. Increase your love for your church family ( Ephesians 6:18). 9. Share Christ and your church with others ( Luke 14:23). 10. Keep a positive spirit ( Psalms 146:5). You need your pastor and he needs you.

Love Pastor Greg