Practicing faith in a secular world is hard, especially when the Bible says that we need to submit to every human authority. Peter shares this in 1 Peter 2:13–17 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. What we find here is the reason we submit and it is not because of what leaders do or don’t do. It’s not because of them, but it is because our ultimate authority is God.
What does it mean to practice faith in secular world? Peter shares this in 1 Peter 2:11–12 “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” It means you are going to be a stranger in this world who is walking as an invitation to the gospel so someday people will glorify God because of goodness they see God working out in my life.
Are you guarding your heart? Proverbs 4:25 gives the command to guard your heart not just some . The reality is that we don’t take this command as seriously as we should. We watch things and do things and try to convince ourselves that it really doesn’t matter, but the reality is that whatever we see and do effects our hearts.
Join us this Sabbath as Steven Williams shares how God has been leading through mission work in Guyana. Steven and Alice have been working at the Paruima Mission Academy for a number of years and have been supported by many of our church members. See more about the work being done at the school here.
The ability to see clearly should not be taken for granted. Billions of people around the world need some type of corrective lenses in order to see where they are walking.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. “Without vision, the people cast off restraint,” is what the Bible tells us. (Proverbs 29:18) Having that clarity enables each of us to move forward in confidence, knowing God is leading.
Listen this week as Pastor Jon shares a challenge to implement our church’s vision as well as share how God’s direction has shaped his own life.