Fully Convinced

Romans 14:5 “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

Dear CBC Family,

It is a month until we celebrate Easter! I know time doesn’t literally speed up but I sometimes wonder why it seems like it does. With days coming and going so quickly it is very easy to let them slip by and not give them the attention that they deserve. Each day is a gift and has unique opportunities that other days do not have. Time, like the waves of the sea, hits the shore once and then is gone forever.

This Easter, possibly due to my study in Romans and Revelation, is quickly becoming the most anticipated one in my life. I have been meditating on Revelation 5 with the Lamb in the center of the throne. What a glorious picture that is! How did He get to that position? Some say He had it all along but the Bible does not say that is the case. It says “God, the Father, exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name”! He has risen on many levels.

Christ’s resurrection from the dead began His rising, but that was not the end of His rising. Forty days later he rose yet again, this time ascending from earth to heaven, and then “rose” to heaven’s throne. Luke, Acts and Hebrews are especially mindful of Jesus’s post-resurrection rising. Luke’s Gospel ends with Jesus being “carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:51). Acts, begins with “the day when he was taken up” (Acts 1:2). In other words, He rose from the dead to rise yet further to heaven. And thus, His ascension, like His resurrection, is not the end but will lead to further glories throughout eternity for heaven’s Champion. I can’t wait to see what is in store for our great King!

In keeping with that thought I want to make sure I don’t let His first “rising” (Easter) slip by me this year. I pray you feel the same. Perhaps the Lord has put someone on your own heart that He might be working in this year. Do not let this unique opportunity pass you by. We really don’t know how many more we will be given in the future.

This weekend we will continue in Romans 14 in a message I called “Fully Convinced.” It’s a simple title for a very profound message. How convinced are you about the things pertaining to your faith? 50%? 90%? Is it even possible to be 100%? Join us as we seek to understand what the Holy Spirit spoke through Paul about our convictions. You’ll be glad you made the investment.

Pastor Scott




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