God's truth for today's world

In our message series “Basic Training”, we’re teaching on the basic disciplines that every soldier in the Lord’s army needs to master. Whether we recognize it or not, as believers we are in an increasingly dangerous battle. Persecution and martyrdom of Christians is growing, particularly at the hands of Muslims. Yet, we need to keep the focus on who our real enemy is in our spiritual battle.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Our struggle is against the evil spiritual forces of Satan, who has taken people captive to do his will. Our task is to rescue people who are slaves to the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of light.

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Happy Easter! We’re glad that you’ve come to celebrate Easter with us today. Although we celebrate Easter in the spring, Easter really has nothing to do with the season. Easter has nothing to do with rabbits or eggs. In fact if you think about it rabbits and eggs have nothing to do with each other either. What is Easter all about? As believers, we celebrate Easter to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most profound event in human history. Jesus was crucified, pronounced dead, laid in a tomb and three days later rose from the dead.

How do we know that Jesus rose from the dead? We have multiple eyewitness accounts with original documents within a few years of the event. Hundreds of people saw Jesus alive again. The apostles went from men overcome with grief at the death of Jesus to courageous proclaimers of the resurrection of Jesus. We have multiple extra-biblical documents that validate the resurrection. We have the simple fact of the empty tomb. The enemies of Jesus went to great lengths to protect the tomb from any tampering. They would have loved to squelch Christianity by producing the body of Jesus, dead, but they couldn’t. Peter spoke in …

Acts 3:15 (NIV) You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

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In this message series, we’re talking about Changing Your World. That might seem like a pretty daunting task, but God created you to do it. You were created to change your world. You were created to influence other people for eternity. You see, when help someone get connected to Jesus Christ, not only do you change the world, but you change eternity, forever. Talk about significance, talk about having an impact with your life. Nothing can top that.

To start off this morning, I want us to reflect on God’s sovereignty in our lives. God is sovereign, which means that He is in control of everything in our world. The world is not out of control, God is in charge of history.

Acts 17:26-27 (NIV2011)  From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.  God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

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Are you willing to change the world? Are you willing to make a difference for God? That’s what God created you to do. To live an exciting, adventurous life changing your world. Some would say, the world is too big and I’m too small, what can I do? God would say, with Me nothing is impossible. Together we can do great things. Others would say, well I’ve tried in the past, but I haven’t accomplished much. God would say to you, Don’t give up, don’t get tired in doing good, you can make a difference for eternity with your life. Yet others would say, I’ve got too many problems of my own to think about doing anything to change the world. God would say, when you put Me and My kingdom first in your life, I will meet your needs and take care of your problems.

God wants us to become like children again, He wants us to dream again about doing something great for God. Of living the adventure that you were created to live. What is at the heart of the adventure that you were created for? You were created to change your world, by leading other people to Jesus Christ. Jesus summarized His marching orders for every believer in

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

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We are currently in a message series called “All About Salvation.” The whole topic of salvation is a very controversial topic these days. 80% of Americans believe that many religions lead to God. They reason, it really doesn’t matter which one you pick, as long as you sincerely follow it. In the end, you’ll be saved.

Since that view is so prevalent today, let’s think about it. There are many religions in the world. The major world religions in order of size are: Christianity, Islam, Non-religious/Secular, Hinduism, Chinese traditional religions and Buddhism. If you’ve taken any kind of class in comparative religion, you’ll immediately recognize that all of these religions are very different. The God they each claim to worship is very different and their ways to reach God are different as well. So how can all these different religions lead to the same God? The truth is they can’t. In fact, each of these religions worships different gods, for there are supernatural beings that are not God.

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