Each week, you will find brief insights on this blog page into Pastor Rodney's upcoming Sunday message. After each Sunday service, visit this blog again to view the same post, updated with a video of our worship time.
May5SatMay 5, 2018
As I pen this pastors desk I’m a little disappointed in myself, and honestly a little depressed. I had signed up to run the Mini-marathon in Indianapolis, but I will not be running. Why? Because I didn’t do the work required to race 13.1 miles. I’m starting to think that my racing days might be over, even though I have tried to “restart” them. All that being said, I’m still a runner, well, maybe jogger, but still moving forward. I still love to run, and do - it is a way of life for me. To call yourself a runner, or jogger you have to actually do it. You don’t have to race to be a runner, but you do have to run, I know, mister obvious! There is something much more important than my running, it is my faith. Can I call myself a Christ follower and not be obedient to God’s word? Can I call myself a Christian and not carry out my faith in my day to day living, as a way of life? If I was brought before a judge and accused of being a Christian (Christ follower), would they have enough evidence to convict me? Billy Graham said, “faith that saves has one distinguishing quality: saving faith is a faith that produces obedience; it is a faith that brings about a way of life.” The bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2: 26) or put another way James says, “show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe - and tremble!” (cf. 2:18) The bible is very clear we are not saved by works but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ only - works do not produce salvation, salvation produces works.
My age has slowed down my running, but I still have goals, I’m still moving forward. Even in our faith, our age will slow us down a bit, but we still move forward because we are people of faith - we are Christ followers to the end! So put your shoes on and keep moving forward, being obedient to God’s word, obedience that brings about a way of life - “shoe leather faith!”
In His Service,