Christian Consideration

Read Romans 14:7-15
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (v. 10).
“We won't see John Wesley in heaven, will we?” — When asked this question by one of his followers, George Whitefield humbly replied, “Yes, you're right, we won't see him in heaven. He will be so close to the throne of God, and we will be so far away, that we won't be able to see him!” Even though John Wesley and George Whitefield had serious disagreements about Christian doctrine and practice they still greatly respected each other and refused to call the other person's salvation into question even when the opportunity presented itself. This is a wonderful example for us to follow when we might be tempted to pass judgement on someone else because we do not agree with them on a certain point! The apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that all men must stand before God and give an account of their own actions (including anger and division!). Therefore he exhorts Christians in verse 13 “that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way,” and in verse 19 to “follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Jesus conveys His heart on this when He says in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He defined “friends” in the parable of the Good Samaritan and demonstrated “greater love” when He died for His enemies on the hill of Calvary. (Kevin Askew)

Let's make sure the hill we choose to die on is not our own soap box!

This devotional is the Tuesday, February 21, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.

2017-02-24T09:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Prayer – Lesson 7, The Judgments of God

Heavenly Father, we pray for our classes today as they study about Your coming judgment of sin. In this world of tolerance and disregard of sin, help us to be faithful in proclaiming Your coming judgment, the wickedness of sin, and yet Your great grace for all who will repent. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

2016-07-17T08:00:00+00:00July 17th, 2016|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: |0 Comments

When the Dam of God's Love Bursts

In "Biblical Perspective" R.E. Trotter writes:

Someone has said that God's wrath is God's love dammed up by man's disobedience, until finally the dam bursts, and it is poured out on the disobedient in righteous judgment. For myriads of people, the dam will burst after Jesus returns, and the tribulation will be a dreadful expression of His wrath and fury.

Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 42.

2016-07-15T09:00:00+00:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

What lessons should we learn from the vision of martyrs and God's judgment in Revelation?

What lessons should we learn from the vision of martyrs and God's judgment in Revelation? In "Doctrinal Discussion" Don Englund suggests these conclusions:

What can this vast crowd of those “slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” (Rev. 6:9) teach us? What can we learn from the outpouring of God's vengeance on a world that has rejected Him?
First, the martyrs teach us that the thing that matters most in life is faithfulness to God. These martyrs had not only been faithful to God but also to other human beings whom they had loved enough to testify to them of God's truth. … We may be repaid for our witness with death — and this is what happened to the souls John saw at the altar — but our love for others will impel us to speak up for the gospel. The martyrs in heaven are not taking care of the vengeance, but they are calling on God to handle it. …
Second, this passage teaches us that there will be an end of human history, and our Sovereign Lord will preside over this dramatic alteration of all things as we know them now. Just as the gospel is a leveler of men, the judgments at the end of the age will also be a leveler of mankind. Fake sources of security like money, power, nationality, influence, or freedom will carry no weight before God's judgment.

Source: Christ, the Triumphant Lord: Adult Teacher's Insights, pages 42-43.

2016-07-14T09:00:00+00:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: |0 Comments

The Judgments of God

Lesson 7 - July 17, 2016
Focus Text: Revelation 6:8-17
Central Truth: God will one day judge those who persist in wickedness.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list elements of God's coming judgment.
Lesson Outline:

  1. The Severity of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:1-8)
  2. The Justice of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:9-11)
  3. The Fear of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:12-17)
2016-07-11T09:00:00+00:00July 11th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments


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