“You GET TO…”

We have been watching a teaching series by Andy Stanley called, “Brand New,” during the Adult Sunday School Class that has been REALLY eye opening view of the Church.

Stanley argues that we have (unfortunately) patterned the church after the Old Testament Temple Model in which you have DO something to get right with God.  Jesus ushered in a whole new way for us to connect with God.  He’s already DONE it all… we just need to respond.

Christianity spells salvation entirely different than any other belief system.  You look at any other religion in the world and you’ll find that they all spell salvation the same way: DO… something YOU have to D-O.   Christianity spells salvation D-O-N-E… something that has already been DONE for us.  That’s good news!

Romans 5:8 says that, “Christ died FOR US.”  .  In Romans 8:31 Paul writes, “If Christ is FOR US who can be against us.”  In other words, Jesus is FOR YOU.  Think about that for a moment.  The God of the universe is FOR YOU!   You don’t have to lie awake at night wondering how you and God are doing.  If someone has died for you, they are FOR you.

When you come to Christ there is a major paradigm shift in the way you relate to God.  In the Old Testament it was more of, “I have to do THIS,” or, “I have to do THAT.”  Now it’s no longer, “I HAVE to,” it is, “I GET TO.”   You GET TO read your Bible.  You GET TO pray.  You GET TO come to church and fellowship with other believers.  You GET TO give.  You GET TO serve.   Do you see the difference?  It’s no longer I HAVE TO.  That’s Old Testament.  The New Testament is YOU GET TO.

Live your life with that attitude and you will discover a whole new love and joy for Jesus Christ.

**You can watch the whole teaching series at http://brandnewseries.org/

Shalom,

Pastor Bill

“Pentecost”

Bill Stegemueller preaching on Acts 2:1-1-21 in a message simply entitled, “Pentecost.”

“Discerning the Will of God”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “Discerning the Will of God,” taken from Acts 1: 15-26

“The Ascension”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “The Ascension,” from Acts 1:9-14 with a timely word/prayer from some of our Lay Leaders

“The Plan”

Bill Stegemueller beginning a brand new study on the Book of Acts at Medina United Methodist Church.  The text is Acts 1:1-8 in a message entitled, “The Plan.”

At the Cross

My beautiful wife singing, “At the Cross,” by Hillsong.

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Our Nation…

signWe just got through celebrating our INDEPENDENCE DAY as a nation.   I really believe our nation is the greatest nation on the planet. Yet, I don’t think were as great as we once were…

Please… don’t throw food at me yet.  I love our nation. It was a nation founded on the very principles of the Bible and yet it seems like we’ve gotten away from those principles and are paying the consequences.

Alexander Tyler (A Scottish History Professor) made the observation in 1787:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the people will always vote for those who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

What’s scary to think about is that if you study the great civilizations of the world, they average about 200 years and they tend to progress through the following sequence:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty;
  4. From liberty to abundance;
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependence;
  8. From dependence back into bondage.

Can you see the United States in any of those sequences and where do you think we are today? Scary, hugh?

Let me give you some hope. You see the same progression in the nation of Israel in the Book of Judges. In fact, you see the phrase, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes, “ over and over and over again; and each time you see it, you see the nation of Israel fall on hard times. Yet, when they called out to the Lord, God restored them.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

It’s not too late, but it’s time to ACT. It’s time to cry out!

Prayerfully

Bill

“You are SENT!”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “You are SENT!”  taken from Luke 24:36-53.  End of Luke Series

“Best Bible Study Every”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “Best Bible Study Ever, ” from Luke 24:13-35

“Father’s Day 2016”

Bill Stegemueller preaching a Father’s Day message at Medina United Methodist Church from the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke’s Gospel