GCT Weekly Newsletter

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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Rest in knowing that – You have been measured by God!

Happy rainy day to you Church: As you read through God’s Word you generally find Scriptures that are easy to understand. But, there are a few that are not that easy. Revelation 11, is full of these hard-to-understand scriptures. Revelation 11, is generally the subject of more interpretive mysteries and disagreements than any other chapter in Revelation. Yet, there are so many joyful promises to be claimed from this chapter. Let’s tackle one of these promises.
 
The temple of God throughout scripture points to the meeting place between God and man. The Old Testament temple is where God’s shekinah glory was manifest, it is where God was clearly seen. Specifically, the temple of God is where His glory is visible, His holiness is visible, and where His infinite value is seen (shekinah).

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Eating the Sweet and Sour Gospel Victoriously!

Church Family:
When evil is everywhere and the world is ripe for judgment, can God protect his own?
When economies crash, when civil order falters and the social fabric frays, when restraint and respect give way to invasive aggression and random violence, when greed and animal appetite reign supreme: Can God keep Jesus’ little flock safe as they stand seemingly defenseless in the crossfire?

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Are you willing to sin to get it?

Hello Church Family: If someone were to come up to you today and ask you the question, “ What idol do you worship?” You would most likely laugh at them and then dismiss them as strange and offensive. In our 2021 American culture we don’t usually think of people worshiping idols in our neighborhoods. But, when we go back through Scripture we see that the most frequently discussed problem throughout history was idolatry. Are we as followers of Christ today, in 2021, to be concerned about idolatry in our personal lives? Absolutely! Idol worship remains to be the favorite religion in this world and in Hampstead. As believers we can frequently allow an idol to displace our worship of the One Triune God of the Bible.

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