The right heart is a broken and contrite heart that believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and in which Christ dwells by faith. J.C. Ryle.
Heart in the Sight of God “Give me thy heart” Proverbs 23:26 “Thy heart is not right in the sight of God” Acts 8:21 The heart is the main thing in religion. I make no excuse for asking the special attention of my readers, while I try to say a few things about the heart…. Continue Reading
Are you a Christian?
Many people who claim to be point to some event in the past to substantiate their claim. But inviting Jesus to come into your life in the past is not proof that you are genuinely saved. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to the Corinthian church, “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves (emphasis added).” He wouldn’t have said that if some event in the past were obviously the answer. The Bible never verifies anyone’s salvation by the past but by the present. If there is no evidence of salvation in your life now, you need to face the fact that you may not be a Christian. You need to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. How does one do that? Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 I HAD INTENDED to address you this morning from the third title given to our blessed Redeemer, in the verse we have considered… Continue Reading
Pastor John Piper began his eight-month leave this past weekend. Now filling the empty pulpit at Bethlehem Baptist Church is Kenny Stokes, who had been on a sabbatical these past several months. Stokes, who previously served as the church’s Downtown Campus pastor, was approved unanimously by the elders at the Minneapolis church last week to… Continue Reading