< What I Learned Teaching Sunday School: May 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It Is Finished - Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin

I just finished reading David Wilkerson's book 'It is Finished - Finding Lasting Victory Over Sin'.  His message is basic Christianity, but it’s a message that so many people just don't get.

We can never hear this truth too often. Salvation is not by works. It is through faith alone. Yet Christians try and try and try to be good enough.

Pastor Wilkerson points out that the new covenant was made between God and Jesus. That Jesus would save mankind from their sins. He did this by living a sinless life and dying as a sacrifice for us on the cross and then 3 days later walking out of the tomb. When we try to earn our way into Heaven it's like saying the cross wasn't good enough. But God says it was!

The author also warns Christians not to be stumbling blocks to other believers. Too many churches tell their congregations you must do this or that. Pastor Wilkerson uses what Jesus said in Matthew 18:6-7 6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!" to show us how serious this is! He was expressing His wrath toward those who teach the cross is not sufficient to save.

Pastor Wilkerson says once we are saved and we are obedient to God it will be God (the Holy Spirit) in us who gives us victory over sin. But we must give up all struggle to get to that point. When we do we will be free. Share this book with people you don't think "get it". They will thank you!

I received this book from the publisher to review. All they asked was that I be honest about what I thought of the book.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Ephesus



My husband, John, and I were just in Ephesus. What a treat to stand in the theater where Paul preached!

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