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What is our Church All About?

What is our church all about?

Through the ministry of people like Joseph Prince and others, many people are coming into the understanding and revelation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, that of new covenant grace.  A couple of years ago a small group of Citrus County people felt that this message was important enough to share with our region, thus a new church was formed, New Covenant Grace Fellowship of Citrus County. 

Our mission and goal is to share with people the easy and light life that Jesus promised. Jesus said in Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Therefore we mean it when we say, “We want people leaving one of our services feeling better about themselves than when they arrived!”

We find many of God’s people living under a load of works that only can lead to condemnation.  The truth is that Christ died to end all of that.  We wish to make what we call the “Finished works of the cross” very evident to our community.  When Jesus said with His last words, “It is finished!” He meant it!

If you are looking for that easy and light life that Jesus promised, you might prayerfully consider giving us a visit.  You might be pleasantly surprised! We meet every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 7:00.  We are located on Thomas St (near the corner of Croft and Hwy. 44)

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ!”

 


Butter or Margarine?

A few hours ago I posted a survey on my Facebook page asking what is preferred, butter or margarine. At the moment I've had 70 responses with only one suggesting the liking margarine better than butter. I thought that butter would win out, but I'm really surprised by the vast majority liking the real over the fake!

Now the real point here is... then why do so many like the "Fake Gospel" over the Real Thing? The Fake Gospel is what most of us have been taught. It is performance based and declares that we must work hard at pleasing God. For instance..." We must become holy and righteous or God will mot be pleased with us!" This is the fare that most of us have been taught and I would suggest that it is a "Margarine Gospel."

Many said in my butter/margarine survey that margarine isn't healthy. Well neither is the "Fake Gospel," Because it only leads to fear, shame and condemnation!

Here is the "Butter Gospel" in a nutshell...... God, through Christ's finished works on the cross, HAS MADE us righteous and holy! Glory!

Here is something to chew on, "For by that one offering HE FOREVER MADE perfect those who are BEING MADE holy!" Heb. 10:14

I say, like margarine, lets reject the fake. We will be much healthier as a result!

Thanks to Dale Brewer for input on this post!


I Preach Lawlessness, Do You?

Of course my title here is a little, "tongue in cheek!" However, I do get accused of preaching lawlessness often enough.  The truth is, I do teach lawlessness, in the light of the fact that Jesus Christ did indeed fulfill and end the Law of Moses.

I'm a full believer that all sin; past, present and future ended on the cross. I believe that sin, as we know it, does not exist. Therefore, based on my thoughts on the law and sin I'm often accused of preaching lawlessness.

I find that I am in good company in my doctrinal thinking.  Paul was there too, matter of fact it was Jesus who taught these things to Paul and he passed them on to us as the "Word of God." Paul was likewise accused of preaching lawlessness.  When challenged about it his statement was simply, "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? OF COURSE NOT!" (Romans 6: 1-2a)  But what is really neat is what Paul says immediately after, "Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?" (Romans 6: 2b)  I am amazed by how many people just don't get these verses!  If we died to sin then what power does sin have in our lives?  If I am dead, can I continue to do things?  Of course not!  Yet, many in today's Church seem to think that this is the case!  Well, it's not!  Period!  Jesus Christ died for all sin and it no longer has any hold on any Believer in Jesus Christ!

My friend, If you are not being accused of preaching lawlessness and of giving people a license to sin, I might suggest that you are not preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!

We have such a wonderful Savior!  Paul knew that and preached about Him wherever he went.  He said to the Church in Rome, "God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.  So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful grace rules instead, GIVING US RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD AND RESULTING IN ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD." (Romans 5:20-21)

Wow!  We are in right standing with God through Christ.  We don't sin, we can't sin.  Where there is no law there is no sin!  That was the purpose of the Law, to show people their sin.  The Law no longer exists, so what is it that can show us our sin?  Nothing!  Yet, many a well meaning preacher today will stand up and show you about ever sin that you could think about.  However, that is just totally wrong!

I guess I will just go on and preach lawlessness!  I am fully convinced that was the Gospel that Paul preached too!  Glory!

Grace and Peace!