How To Become God's Man!
Many people today who believe in the doctrine of evolution. I call it a doctrine because in the last few years there has been some new trends taking place in science. A group of people classified as Intelligent Design scientists, once avowed evolutionists, now say that they see design rather then any chance happenings. Of course, these folks are met with the same savage rage as the Creationists met for the last 50 years or more. This therefore gives even more support to the Gospel of Genesis and the creation epic as recorded there. To any Christian, belief that a chance even millions of years ago started it all was never an option. God brought forth all things, the heavens and earth as he said - by his word. More and more, science is edging closer to this historic Bible truth. One proof, so they say of evolution, are the whales. Listen now to this conversation concerning these beautiful God made creatures.10,000 more
Well, if the Bible is correct about God creating it, then there is a moral obligation to find who this God is and what he expects of his creatures. One man who found God was the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. He sought God long and hard. Even though he grew up in the church, he did not know or have a personal realtionship with Creator of the world. This became a consuming adventure for him. Listen to hear his testimony of how he found God.
How can one find God today is a question that modern men fear to ask. How?! Well, just going to a Bible Beleiving church is a start. Reading the Bible helps a lot too. If these works can be said to be a “means to grace” which can give hope for eternal salvation. What are the “means of grace?”, Listen. Perhaps we need to illustrate the means of grace.
But the question may arise, what about baptism? Is it not also the means of grace, and an entrance in to salvation? No. Surely one mitght say water, wether by babyor adult baptism both have the same end in salvation? The answer is clearly no. No amount of water in all the world can save you, and therefore can not be the means of grace as the scriptures teach. Neither immeresed as an adult, or sprinkle as a baby can save you and make you a Christian. You will go to hell wet, for water can not and will not save you.
So if baptism does not save, what does? What about confessing of your sins? Some modern preachers say that confession is all that you need to do to be saved. Though confession is a good start, confession does not save a heart of one who desires to know God. Listen
You heard it right. It takes repentance. The Bible is clear concerning this concept. You must turn from your life of disobedience and contrary living against the Laws of God. You can not know God while living in sin. It takes repentance to be born again, to become a child of God. Let’s Listen.
As you know, the scripture is clear that the just shall live by faith. Repentance unites one in faith with God. Faith is real, and is the teacher of our dependence on Christ alone. Listen.
And what of the roll of grace? Grace is God’s undeserved favor toward a lost human race of man. We do not deserve the love or mercy of God. We deserve his wrath alone. Nothing more or nothing less. We have become shallow, and two faced in life. And yet we know this faith is not in us. We become like the manikins in the JC Penny store window. Nothing to us. Living a life of sin and emptiness with a painted facade of joy. Listen. Yet God condescended to send us his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. He died on the cross for our sins. To redeem us and make us his new creation in Christ. Listen.
Now you might ask, “how can I know Christ as my savor?” Must I go to church, read the Bible, and take of the Lord’s table. Like praying, that would point you in the right direction. However, it does not have to be like that. You see, God works with each of us in a way that we can grasp and comprehend. That worked well for Rev. John Wesley, and even his brother, mother and others. But through the ages God met men where they were, so to speak, and blessed them with salvation and faith. He will do that for you at whatever stage of life you are in. Listen. God will change you. You will begin to be different. You will desire more of him.
When a person gets saved, he becomes a new creature. He is changed. The power of sin and the desire to continually do wrong, are broken because Christ lives within. The desire to please God begins to dwell within. But really beyond these general concepts what are the marks of the new birth in Christ? Listen.
Now once you are saved, God will provide his grace via the Holy Spirit who now dwells in you to do his will. To live for him. To serve him with your whole mind, soul and spirit. He wants to make you all that you can be. He will build you up. He will empower you with his Spirit. Listen.
Once you are a Christian, there are some things you need to do. These are practical concepts that many pastors do not talk about much. Just like any thing else in life, God lays out some ideas that he would like us to apply to our lives. These concepts will help others see Christ in us so that they too may know our Lord. One thing that a Christian should not do is to worry. Worry not only hurts us physically, but it also draws us down spiritually. Listen. Fear is almost as bad as worry. We all fear certain things. Yet when the angels appeared to the Shepherds on a hillside and announced the birth of Christ, the first thing that the angel told them was not to fear. As Christians, Christ cast out such fear. Listen to this. Well we also need to show the joy of the Lord too. Are you happy to be a child of God? I hope you are. Listen.
When John Wesley got saved, the first thing he testified to was that he now could love his enemies. He was able to forgive. Sometimes forgiveness is a very difficult thing to accomplish. But as Christ forgave us, so must we forgive others. The Lord’s prayer is very clear here. As Christians we must develop a heart of forgiveness. Listen. Finally another concept that we Christians ought to be concerned about is pride. The Bible says that pride goes before the fall. The Lord resist the proud. Christ died for us which should be a cause of great humiliation. The Creator of the Universe had to give his son for us. We must be careful of pride. Listen.
While some of our Christian family believe that a Christian is so secure in Christ that he can enter heaven on the bases of a mere confession and baptism, not so with us. A Christian is also called on to follow him. Now if Christ did not mean for us to follow, but just get converted and go on your way, he would have never said that we were to follow him. He would have never put that condition there. One way that we follow is to attend church daily. Go there whenever the doors is open and to learn of the grace of God. Take all in to the preservation of your soul. Listen. Lukewarmness therefore leads to great danger of the soul.
But speaking of danger to the soul, is compromise, and thinking that you can sin and get away with it. Many Christians trust in their own strength. They trust in doctrines that are only speculative. Don’t do that. Do not sell your soul for the pleasures of the world trusting in doctrines that are speculative. There is great danger in that. The Bible warns us to keep the faith. We have a part in this wonderful salvation. We may also get into serious trouble if we ignore the well doing and keeping of our faith and the process of compromise. Listen
All of this will make real men and women of you. This is what our world need. There were many in the past who were God’s men. They were famous in their work for Christ. Two of these were Luther, and Wesley who were God’s men, not because of education, or size, but because of a heart of faith. Listen I would invite you to be come one of God’s men or women. Believe on him and trust him. Repent and be saved and he will raise you up to be a blessing in both good and bad times. We do need more of God's men today. Won't you follow Christ now? Listen.
Pastor Hartman has been in the ministry for thirty seven years. He graduated from the Institute of Christian Service of Bob Jones University. He also holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Columbus State University and did post grad work at the same school. He has taught in the public school system for fifteen years, and is currently working with a small private academy. He has traveled once to Russia, three times to the Ukraine, twice to England in a humble effort to help the missionaries spread the Gospel of Christ. After resigning form his pastorate in 2005, he does supply work for other pastors in the community. While he is Independent Methodist, he is currently attending a conservative UM Church. If you wish to contact Pastor Hartman, please feel free to do so.