Seeking the Risen Christ

Nothing says “I Believe in the Resurrection” more than a heart that is fully committed to seeking Him. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

Yes, Christ died for OUR sins on a horrible cross and took the nails that were meant for us because of our transgressions. But 3 days of sorrow gave way to JOY on Easter morning – HE AROSE. In God’s plan, in God’s timing, in God’s love, Jesus lives- defeating death and breaking the bonds of sin that held us captive. So how does one respond to this great love, to this awesome gift given to us by a God of grace?

Believing? Yes certainly we must believe. We must faithfully acknowledge the gift and the actions of God who reveals his immense love for us. It is only right that we be thankful and let God know his gift was ever so appreciated. We must remember and reflect on what would make him choose to take our place and love us in spite of our faults. But this action taken by God to open the door to us for a relationship with Him demands more than acknowledgment of His Great Sacrifice. It demands a response.

Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Psalm 27:8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”  So how should we respond? By Seeking Him and the relationship He offers with all our heart and minds and soul! How should one respond to anyone who loves us? By loving them back. How much more, how much greater should that response be when the act of love we receive is Life Saving! God loves us. God loves YOU! He showed us His love and commitment and He desires that we love Him back. John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Seek then the one who loves you with all your heart and commit yourself to Him. The signature of a seeker is revealed in the Gospel of John as one who loves me AND one who obeys my commands.  John 14:21 The one who obeys me is the one who loves me; and because he loves me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him.”  When we truly seek Him it is a response of Love. And Jesus tells us if we truly love Him we will obey his commands. This loving obedience to Gods commands is the key that opens heavens doors to us and allows us to enter into the throne room of the King.  Our love demonstrated in faithful obedience to His Word scripture says brings not only the Love of Jesus the son, but the love of the Father and a promise – He will reward us by revealing himself to us. He will reward us by inviting us into an intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How awesome is that? Don’t just believe He existed. Don’t just believe He died on your cross. Have faith He LIVES –  Seek the Risen Savior.

Are you making time for Lent?

Lent is a special time of year, a season of 40 days not counting Sundays and actually covers 46 calendar days. The first day of Lent 2017 is Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Ash Wednesday. The final day of Lent 2017 is Thursday 13th April 2017 – Holy Thursday. Today (Mar 09) as I write is day 9 of Lent 2017!

Lent is a time of reflection, a time of repentance, a time of renewal when we prepare our hearts for Easter and our encounter with the Risen Lord. My question to you is – are you making time for Lent?

Some Lenten truths we reflect upon:

  • We must pass through the wilderness to enter the promised land
  • Satan is like a roaring lion, roaming to and fro, seeking those he may devour
  • We must endure and overcome many temptations while in the wilderness
  • A life of faith is lived out traveling thru the wilderness
  • A Faith that can’t be tested is a Faith that can’t be trusted

Robert Bachelder in Between Dying and Birth wrote;

Temptation is no less terrible for Christians today than it was for those of Peter’s time. We live in a pagan culture. There is a constant temptation for us to fall away from our faith toward the prevailing hedonism. There is a steady temptation to go after the great gods of pleasure and materialism. We have our choices to make! But do you know something? This fact should not discourage us. Instead, it should hearten us. It means not only that we are free to reject God, but that we also are free to choose God, even amidst those forces which prey upon life.

This is one meaning of a moving story related by Elie Wiesel. He tells of a teacher, a just man, who came to Sodom, determined to save its inhabitants from sin and punishment. Night and day he walked the streets and the markets protesting against greed and theft, falsehood and indifference. In the beginning, people listened and smiled ironically; then they stopped listening, and he no longer even amused them. The killers went on killing; the wise kept silent, as if there were no just men in their midst. One day a child, moved by compassion for the unfortunate teacher, approached him with these words: “You shout, you scream. Don’t you see that it is hopeless?” “Yes, I see,” answered the just man. “Then why do you go on?”

“I’ll tell you why,” said the just man. “In the beginning …I thought I could change them; today I know that I cannot. If I shout, if I still scream, it is not to change them. It is to prevent them from changing me.”       — CSS Publishing Company

Lent is a time for us to examine ourselves and asses our spiritual growth in the last year. A time to acknowledge our faults and failures and put them under the blood of Christ. A time to repent lest we repeat our sins, and turn back to God with all our hearts. We live in a world under siege and I truly believe our greatest challenge is to prevent “them” from changing us.

We have been called to be salt and light in world that desperately needs both. We need to take Lent very seriously if we are to resist the world and live a Christ like life. We must not settle. We must not be satisfied with being like them, our call is to be like Him, like Jesus.

Are you making time for Lent?

Welcome To Sardis UMC

Welcome to Sardis UMC!

We are so glad you stopped  by our website. Let me tell you just a little about our small but comfortable church.

First, You should know we are like family here. We love the Lord our God, we love each other, we love our children, we love our friends and visitors. You will find all are welcomed here at Sardis and treated like family!

Second, We believe God is Good, We believe He loves us more than we will ever be able to love Him back. We believe His commands were given to us in love so that we may have the best in this life and in the life to come. We believe the bible is true. We believe in the inspired word of God as revealed to us in the Bible.  We believe it is God’s good and authoritative Word to mankind. Some consider the bible to be God’s “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”!  Given to us to enrich and safe keep our lives and hearts and souls until the day we join Him in heaven for eternity.

Third, we believe God keeps his promises, and conversely we as Pastors, leaders and His church should keep our promises to God.  We believe the church is the hope of the world in these times of cultural and moral chaos.  Therefore, we strive to live our lives out as lights to the world doing His service and in what ever small ways we can serve Him as His hands, His feet, His messengers to reach and love and restore a lost and hurting world.

Last, we believe you would enjoy worshiping with us. We have good sermons, traditional hymns and some contemporary guitar praise music. The message here is on point, it’s relevant, it’s personal and it’s inspiring! We know you would be welcomed and you would “see” Christ in our midst. Won’t you Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for Worship or Tuesdays 6:30 pm for Bible Study?

See you soon!