Presentation on theme: "Biblical Answers to Difficult Questions. Anguish over sin/repentance Jm 4:17 “to him who knows what is right to do & doesn’t do it, it is sin…” Luke."— Presentation transcript:
Biblical Answers to Difficult Questions
Anguish over sin/repentance Jm 4:17 “to him who knows what is right to do & doesn’t do it, it is sin…” Luke 13:3 “…unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 1Jn 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousnss.” 2 Pet 3:9 “(The Lord) is not wishing any would perish but all would come to repentance.”
Death to self Gal 2:20; 5:24 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God…” “Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh…” Lk 9:23 “…let him deny himself & take up his cross daily…”
Cost to following Jesus Lk 14:26,27 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father & mother, wife & children & brothers & sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross & come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
Expect to face hardships Jm 1:2-4 “Consider it joy…when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result…” 1 Pet 4:13 “but to the degree that you share in the suffering of Christ…” 2 Tim 2:3 “Suffer hardship with me…”
Suffering persecution 2 Tim 3:10-12 “But you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perserverance, persecutions, sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of all of them, the Lord delivered me! All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Picking up the cross Lk 9:23 “And He was saying to them all, If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily & follow Me.” Mt 16:25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”
An honest summation Living as a believer is NOT about being gratified, prosperous, living your best life now, achieving every goal in a 5-year plan. Faith in Christ is not solely about receiving or deserving blessings, or other self-focused teachings. It’s about JESUS. Period.
The challenge Is having Jesus enough?
Be blessed! 1 Cor 2:2 “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered Himself up for me.”