Reason #6: Why a Sinner Ought to Turn To God without Delay

This weekend in morning worship, we looked at the concept of “foolishness.”  There are things that we all consider foolish – but no one has the same list.  Inside Christendom we have a unified list of what is foolish; of course, outside Christendom, there’s another list.  Among the former we’d place sexual promiscuity of all types; among the latter, abstinence.  So, logger heads is inevitable at some point.

One of those areas of inside – outside disagreement would be about the personal enemy of God and His people, the Devil.  Inside, we know he’s real, fierce and relentless.  Outside, he’s a suped-up evil villian from a superhero comic strip.  Even gross wickedness outside Christendom the preference would be to attribute mental illness than to supernatural evil.  Richard Baxter reminds all who would listen that to disbelieve in a personal enemy of all mankind is to bury your head in the sand.

Moreover, your delaying gives great advantage to the Tempter.  If you would presently turn and forsake your sins, and enter into a faithful covenant with God, the devil would be almost out of hope and the very heart of his temptations would be broken….But, as long as you delay, you keep him in heart and hope; he has time to strengthen his prison and fetters and to renew his snares; and if one temptation serve him not, has time to try another and another; as if you would stand as a mark for Satan to shoot at as long as he pleases.

It is a well-known and well-worn trick of the Adversary to convince people that he really doesn’t exist and he really is no threat.  It is folly to believe him.  Turn to God immediately and live.

Pastor Gabe

50 Reasons Why a Sinner Ought to Turn God Without Delay

I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the Puritans lately.  It has been so refreshing to learn more about them and learn more from them.  One of the things I learned is their tremendous heart for evangelism.  For them, gospel-sharing was what they did every time they mounted the pulpit to deliver God’s word.  They knew what we’ve perhaps forgotten: the gospel is the power of God for salvation and preaching was the main vehicle to deliver it.  Of course, now, we have so many delivery vehicles for sharing the redeeming love of Christ that we are richly blessed.  This blog serves as one of those venues (and the links to Facebook and Twitter…).

Richard Baxter

When I browsed Richard Baxter’s many works I came across one titled “Fifty Reasons Why a Sinner Ought to Turn to God.”  As expected, they are common sense, varied, rich, penetrating and useful.  I hope to share one each time I blog on this topic believing that as I do I’d be reminded of the greatness of being a son of God and that maybe a reader would find the same.

Reason 1:  “Consider to whom it is that you are commanded to turn; and then tell me whether there can be any reason for delay.  It is not to an empty deceitful creature, but to the faithful all-sufficient God; to Him that is the cause of all things; the strength of creation; the joy of angels; the felicity of the saints; the sun and shield of all the righteous; the refuge of the distressed; and the glory of the whole world….Why, man, you are every minute at his mercy.  And yet you do delay?  There are all things imaginable in him to draw you.  There is nothing that is good for you but it is perfectly in Him where you may have it certain and perpetual.  There is nothing in Him to give the least discouragement.”

Do not delay: turn to Christ.

Pastor Gabe

 

Hamburg Chronicles: Strong Sunday!

Our Sunday morning started quite e-a-s-y.  We slept in a little extra in an attempt to start to gain some of our sleep back.  We were picked up at our apartment by Daniel and Kathrine and rode with them to their worship service.  The Stage Club www.stageclub.de  is the place where The Hamburgprojekt meets for Sunday worship.

This was our 3rd worship service with our friends in Hamburg and in my opinion the best so far for many reasons. It was such a joy to see how God has grown the Hamburgprojekt by almost doubling the attendees from the first time we were there.  It also was nice to start to see some familiar faces and to be welcomed as friends.  While our German is still in its infancy stage (that’s being generous…), we were able to sing along (in English while they sang in German) some of the familiar praise songs that we also sing here.  Being able to participate in the worship service, through music, made it more of an intimate experience for both Gabe and me.

After the service we had a large group lunch at a wonderful local restaurant in the Schanze.  There were perhaps 30-40 folks that came to fellowship and enjoy a meal together.  During the meal we had the opportunity to meet a couple Achim and Corinna Keiser and their 2 children.  They were recently back from church planting in Ireland.  They shared with us the stories of their church planting experience with their challenges and how God met them exactly where they needed Him to.  It was wonderful to hear another story of how God is working all over the earth.

Also during our lunch we were able to visit with friends Nils and Tabitha Rohlinger.  We have had the joy of getting to know the Rohlinger’s over the years.  They are one of the core families that started at the beginning with the Hamburgprojekt and we were able to rejoice with them on how God has really blessed the church.   It was great to participate in the culture socially through this fellowship and relationship building time, which is exactly what Daniel and Dominic desired for us to do.  This trip Daniel and Dominic really had the desire for us to start to build relationships with folks of the church because they know how important relationships are the German culture for long term mission work.

That evening Gabe and I were slightly disappointed that one of our favorite spots in Hamburg, Elb Gold Coffee Shop was closed.  However, God was simply providing an opportunity for Gabe and I to wind down and relax in preparation for the long distance sprint He had in store for us with the upcoming week.

We want to thank you once again for your support in The Gospel work in Germany !

Stewart