Endurance

Dear CBC Family,

It has been a really laborious week here at the church. 10-hour days have been common. That is not a complaint. I’m glad we have the work and even more glad that God has given the ability to do it.  Room 700 now has all the flooring in and all the transition strips. All that is left are the baseboards, backsplash, and the two posts. We also have some minor things to do on the stage that will really tie things together. If you are pretty mechanical and want to help let me know.

This weekend we will be continuing in our mini-series on the fruit that hope produces. This week’s fruit will be endurance. Why is endurance so important? Jesus simply said in Matt 10:22 “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Paul also mentions endurance this way in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” This means that genuine salvation will endure to the end and the means by which endurance is produced is hope. Christian endurance is active, not passive. It conveys the idea of positive endurance rather than passive acceptance.

So, is the message of the gospel, ‘You must endure to the end in order to be saved’; or is the message of the gospel, ‘You shall endure to the end because you are saved’? One is comforting and the other is terrifying. Join us as we explore this critically important matter.

Blessings to all who call CBC home,

Pastor Scott