Action and Servitude to Christ

Action and Servitude to Christ

Action and Servitude to Christ

Do you know what it is like to be a servant? From 1619-1865, there were many people who were slaves. Serving Jesus Christ is just like being a servant.

So how do you serve Christ, anyway?

There are many ways to serve God, including answering callings you’ve gotten by God, being a missionary, preaching to sinners to teach them the Light, etc. To be a servant of God, you need to not just have faith, but “act”.

Hmm, act as in acting in a movie? No! More like the word in action. The Bible says in  James 2:

But someone will say, ‘you have faith, but I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I’ll show you my faith by my works.” – James 2:18

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” – James 2:26

Well, what is “works”?

Works is action. In other words, you have to participate! Anticipating is different than participating, and good intentions are different than actions. To have faith and works, you need to have faith and be active!

So how do you be active?

Being active? Ha! It’s easy! You can participate in Christian activities on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.), make videos (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), go around the neighborhood and talk to your neighbors about the Light, and more! You can even show your Christianity in being a missionary or becoming a famous Christian!

What if it’s too hard?

It’s not! You can always find a way to be active somehow without doing something that’s “too hard” for you.

Are you able to be active with a group?

Of course! You can always be active with a small group of people or with a whole bunch of people! If you think it’s too hard, just remember you’re not alone.

Can you look up some Scriptures and see what they say about faith and works? Yes! There is always Bible Gateway and BibleHub to study the Scriptures.
Acts 17:11 says:

But these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures to see if these things were so.” – Acts 17:11

To “examine” means to check out, investigate, or study. So in other words, the Jews of Berea were nobler than the Thessalonians because they studied the Bible to see if the things that Paul (yes, the huge Apostle Paul) was talking about were true. Of course they were true, but those Jews wanted to make sure they were. Here is the Verse showing what happened before the Verse, so you can understand what happened. It’s the same link as Acts 17:11.

So is serving Christ the same as having faith and works, or is having faith and works the same as serving Christ?

Having faith and works is serving Christ. You can do many things to serve Christ, and that’s one of the many ways to serve Him. Jesus died on the Cross to protect us, and I think we should serve Him to thank Him back.

So, servitude to Christ, and faith and action work hand-to-hand.

In the beginning, you said “slavery”. Does being a servant of God mean you are a slave to Him?

In some ways, yes, and in some ways, no. How slaves were treated back then is not the kind of treatment you get for being a good servant to the LORD.

The following are two separate bible versions, which mean the same thing, but say different things.

Romans 7:25 in NIV, says slave, yet Romans 7:25 in ESV (English Standard Version), says servant to.

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” – Romans 7:25, New International Version.

So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” – Romans 7:25, English Standard Version.

There we have it – servitude to the LORD is faith and action.

-Arianna Fox, Age 9

Come Home America – A Call to Action by Bishop Samuel Smith

Come Home America – A Call to Action by Bishop Samuel Smith

COME HOME AMERICA

A CALL TO ACTION: An Awakening is Critical
Bishop Samuel Smith
AWCF General Chairman
Evansville, Indiana
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COME HOME AMERICA – A CALL TO ACTION (PDF)

The AWCF is a worldwide fellowship of Apostolic believers. Our record speaks for itself. We have conducted successful crusades and conferences all over the world. We support international ministries, and by God’s help, will continue to. However, the United States of America, the base of the AWCF, is under attack. The forces aligned against America are demonic in origin. Moral decadence is everywhere. Mainline Christianity is compromised. Evil alliances worldwide and within, hostile to our security are emboldened to move against us. The national debt is unsustainable; every economical commentator says, we are on the edge of a financial meltdown. Our leaders in Washington, DC, are confused and don’t know what to do. Too many American Apostolic churches are lukewarm and at ease.

It is imperative that we preach the Apostolic doctrine. We must maintain a personal standard of Christian discipline in our thoughts and behavior. When we study both Old and New Testaments, read the prophets and apostles, and of course the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot escape the realization that we are here, in the now, to be witnesses for God’s truth, be the salt of the earth, be the light of the world; proclaim the whole Word of God, establish boundaries and values consistent with His commandments for the protection of society and the salvation of mankind. With that in mind, we must remind ourselves of Esther, whose generation faced extinction, but God raised her up for a “time such as this.” Our time has come. When sin rushes in as a flood, God will raise up a standard. His Church is that standard. We are the Church built upon the rock that the gates of hell cannot prevail against, (see Matthew 16:18). Knowing who He is, washed in the blood of Jesus and spirit filled, we are His watchmen upon the wall, calling out “Prepare to meet thy God.” Thus, our prayer for, and our invitation to this generation, must be; “Come Home America.” “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).

Please note the following quote from Charles H. Spurgeon, the famed clergyman of the 19th century, called by many, “The Prince of Preachers”. He was the pastor of the largest church of his era, noted author, Bible scholar, a prolific preacher, and a man of prayer:

“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If there is decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.”

The following should provoke every God-called Watchman, (Man or Woman) to prayer and action:

1…Public schools are destroying the faith of Christian children, and the pulpits are silent.
2…Children are taught they came from apes, and the pulpits are silent.
3…Millions of children are “medicated” to control their behavior, and the pulpits are silent.
4…Gambling is promoted to pay for schools, and the pulpits are silent.
5…Precious babies are being murdered in the womb, and the pulpits are silent.
6…Obama says the Sermon on the Mount justifies gay marriage, and the pulpits are silent.
7…Faith-based initiatives invite the government into the church, and the pulpits are silent.
8…The IRS muzzles the voice of the church, and the pulpits are silent.
9…The church locks arms with compassionate-conservatism, and the pulpits are silent.
10..Children’s service agencies separate family members, and the pulpits are silent.
11..Self-help books replace the Bible, and the pulpits are silent.
12..The book, “A Purpose Driven Life” is elevated above dying to self, and the pulpits are silent.
13..George W. Bush says Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and the pulpits are silent.
14..The U.S. Constitution is ignored, and the pulpits are silent.
15..Our elected officials lie and steal, and the pulpits are silent.
16..Private property is stolen by the government, and the pulpits are silent.
17..Mother Earth is protected more than Father God is defended, and the pulpits are silent.
18..The entertainment industry celebrates debauchery, and the pulpits are silent.

Almighty God has charged His called and commissioned ministry: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezekiel 33:6).

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” – John Wesley

 

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Politics and Religion – Get involved

Politics and Religion – Get involved

It’s not enough to sit idly by and watch history either taking place or repeating itself, but if you even consider yourself “religious” then you need to be an active, godly, involved political machine. Yes, politics and religion not only do mix, but are inseparably intertwined.

Many fail to understand that the true “government” should be upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 9:6) But they are currently far from that.

So, instead of whining and complaining about what’s going on, be active in helping shape the upcoming election in favor of biblical values. Vote with your faith not your party.

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Don’t worry – it’ll get worse!

Don’t worry – it’ll get worse!

I know, you’re like, “huh, what?” I thought you were going to encourage me, not tell me things are going to get worse!

Stay with me, here.

Yes, things will get worse – but also better!

When it comes to our society, it’s a hope that lies within me that things will be getting better. There is a small spark of hope that the next election will bring with it a president who will support and openly and publicly proclaim truth, godly values and real freedom.

There’s a glimmer in my eye that God’s people will finally get off their fluffy couches and duffs, and actually be vocally, publicly loud about morality and values.

But….. unfortunately, I really don’t think either of those are going to happen.

“So, what then?” you may ask. As someone who has been used for years in God’s ministry, helped many souls get on or stay on the right path – someone who’s been healed, anointed to preach, teach and minister – I can safely say… “I dunno!” \o/

But don’t get discouraged. That’s where God comes in. (Hint: that’s where He usually likes to make His entrance.) While we see things bleak, and full of plight, God in His infinite knowledge sees the ending from the beginning. He knows that in the end – we as God’s people will actually win. But before we do – the battle must be waged. Lives lost, sacrifices made, and casualties climb in numbers.

But don’t worry – it’ll get worse. But the caveat is this – as it gets worse, for us, God’s people it will actually get BETTER! Closer to heaven! Closer to home! Closer to complete victory over death, hell and the grave!

As David said, “Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered!”

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Marriage Roommates or Soulmates

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Did you know that The Trek, being an Apostolic church and a Delaware church, realizes that being Apostolic does not necessarily mean you have to be, well, “mean?”

We at The Trek think that down to earth is the way to go. We don’t compromise the truth of the Apostolic message but we do use a toned down methodology that doesn’t force bursts of air coming from an always-fiery yelling stomping preacher.

It’s interesting to note, that the only time Jesus really “yelled” is at religious leaders. Hmnm, something to think about.

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There’s only One God

There’s only One God

 

All throughout the bible, it’s very, very clear… “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord…” (Duet. 6:4)

Unfortunately, many have inserted their own unfounded theology into scriptures, this in particular. I’ve heard preachers and saints alike say that this word “one” means “one in closeness” or “one in purpose” or one like a husband and wife are “one.”

As tremendously close as my wife and I are to each other, as my wife says, you simply cannot look at her and say “I see your husband” or vice versa. We just don’t “look alike”, regardless of similar thoughts, visions, goals, etc.

That word “one” absolutely and positively does not mean one in purpose – its the simplest form of the word – meaning it’s a numerical number – ONE! (Duh!)

A common misinterpretation is that it does not mean one as in number one. This is twisting theology with absolute biblical truth.

As a quick, brief and small example, it’s fundamental and basic to correlate scripture with scripture in any interpretation methodology.

Deuteronomy 6:4 says “the Lord our God is ONE Lord…”

In concurrent biblical phraseology, the following even a child could read and understand…

“Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10,11)

“I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)

“Is there a God beside me? yea, there is not God, I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)

“There is non beside me. I am the LORD and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:6)

And so on – and so on. Too many to name here. Use your brain, God does not require a historian, nor a cemetery, er uh, seminary student to delve into infrastructure development to read and understand – THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. And His name is Jesus. 🙂

The Oneness of God – David Bernard

Apostolic church in Delaware

Apostolic church in Delaware

Did you know that The Trek, being an Apostolic church and a Delaware church, realizes that being Apostolic does not necessarily mean you have to be, well, “mean?”

We at The Trek think that down to earth is the way to go. We don’t compromise the truth of the Apostolic message but we do use a toned down methodology that doesn’t force bursts of air coming from an always-fiery yelling stomping preacher.

It’s interesting to note, that the only time Jesus really “yelled” is at religious leaders. Hmnm, something to think about.

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