GCT Weekly Newsletter

Is God Love or Wrath?

Church Family: As you experience life today, you most likely have heard the world confidently tell you how the God of the Bible is horribly angry and hot tempered. Then they proceed, usually somewhat angrily, to tell us what the God of the Bible should be like – a loving, non-wrathful God. As believers we also have the same tendency to strip God of His wrath. We forget that the God of the Bible clearly warns us that He will and does dispense wrath. God absolutely has promised a future end-time judgment for all who rebel against Him (Rev. 14). And He has also promised judgment now in this life for those who pursue lives of unrighteousness and ungodliness (Rom. 1:18). One of the ways in which God’s judgment is dispensed today is simply by God giving over sinners to a deeper and more intense experience of their sinful behavior that they have chosen.

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Hell is a terrible reality… but Jesus saves

Church Family: Revelation 14, produces some hard questions. Do you believe in a God who shows His power by punishing non-Christians and who magnifies His mercy by blessing Christians for eternity? I know, that is a difficult question, so here is another. Do you believe in a God who decides to punish people who do not believe and follow Jesus Christ?
 
As I write this email, I am sitting in a room with a friend of mine who is laughing and talking and drinking iced coffee that I made him, yet he denies Christ and even mocks me for being a follower of Christ. I really love this friend but Scripture tells me that unless He repents and believes in Jesus Christ he will be heading to hell for eternal damnation that he has earned. That is a terrible thought. It is a sad thought. It is a sickening thought. I do not like that thought.

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Rejoicing with Joy Inexpressible

Church Family, Rejoicing with a Joy Inexpressible we live in a world that tells us what to believe and what not to believe desiring to rob of us of our joy. Let us remember together what we, as Christians, rejoice in this resurrection weekend.
 
We rejoice that Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, following a sinless and completely righteous and obedient life, died a substitutionary and completely sufficient and saving death, and then rose again to a new life in a glorified human body. That is what we rejoice in with joy inexpressible this Sunday morning and actually every Sunday morning.

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The Beast of Secularism

Church Family: Every day that we continue to live and breathe we are confronted more and more with Satan making war on us, the followers of Christ, the “offspring of the woman” (Rev. 12:17). In America we are feeling this attack become more intense through the institutional world-wide power called Secularism. This is just one way throughout history that the Beast of Revelation 13:1, manifests itself against the Church. And today in America it seems to be the primary influence Satan uses. The Beast is actively seeking to destroy the Church by attacking individual believers. He seeks to lead us away from being perfectly satisfied in Jesus Christ while leading us to be satisfied with a life without Him.

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Have you seen the Beast today?

Church Family: As we live our lives in this world as followers of Christ and we watch the chaos unravel each day with an ever-increasing level of evil, do we get a sense that there is an organized power behind these movements and systems and individuals? Do we think there must be a leader, an organizer, a General in charge of these consistent and pointed attacks?
 
In our world today there are endless systems that exalt themselves over and against God’s holiness and His sovereignty. We see this in our news, social media platforms, politics, economics, executive orders and religious institutions. We even see that these systems have permeated everything from sports teams and clothing brands, to purchasing pillows and pimento cheese. We are seeing more and more clearly that governments, corporations, sports leagues, and store chains have a heart. They have a spirit. We see this as they declare what is right and wrong. They are “virtue signaling” with their own standards of morality. And it is very clear that their standards of morality are in opposition to God’s standard of holiness, ethics, justice, and morals. The world opposition movement is at war with God and His people.

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God says who you are – not man

Church Family: I want to take a moment and remind us who we are in Christ as we have arrived at some difficult passages in Revelation 11. As a believer, a follower of Christ, a Christian, your identity is defined by God and your relationship to Him. Who you are is not determined by anyone else. No one has the power to determine who you are but your loving heavenly Father. Your parents don’t determine who you are. Circumstances don’t determine who you are. Your job, salary, education, social media, political party, culture, car, or clothes do not determine who you are. God does. God says who you are.
 
Do you know who God says you are? Do you know your identity as a Christian? Do you know your corporate identity as the people of God, the Church, the Israel of God (Gal. 6:12-16)?

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