Sermon at the Cornerstone Baptist Church Dealing with Sin. JOHN 4:15-19
Creation – The Christian doctrine
The Christian doctrine of God is a complex one that can be approached from various standpoints. Let’s start with CREATION
God and the Moral Absolute
Our soul is our conscience and our pathway to God. Unless we seek that objective link and are grounded in its very existence to God, we will continue to hear and see with our eyes and ears, but never with our hearts. Our hearts and soul are the gateways to God’s Word, and the OT reminds us of that.
God and the Moral Absolutes anchored in him provide the path.
Jesus and the Baptist continued ministry JOHN 3:22-24
Therefore, this is the reason for the statement and not the self-evident fact that the Baptist’s work ceased when he was cast into prison. That also is why John has the article: had been cast “into the prison,” referring his readers to this famous prison and the Baptist’s confinement there, which they knew of the other evangelists.
Whoever receives Me. JOHN 3:28
Beware false preachers and others who outwardly act in a manner that is pleasing in your eyes but ask yourself if their actions personify God or themselves.
FOR THE HUMAN RACE – IMAGO DEI
Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms – C.S.Lewis. We strive for the Human race – Imago Dei which is part of our inherent value
WISDOM TO KNOWING THE TRUTH
When we seek wisdom we can either look at a man or at God. God reveals and it is his revelation that stands to the testimony of its worth. Beware of those who shun your questions and denounce your journey to the truth. They are only afraid of the truth that reveals their lies. We need the Wisdom to know the Truth.
Finding a path to our Creator
One of the most philosophical questions we look at is the reasons worldviews seek to find authenticity in their doctrines. The word doctrine in itself reveals caution as it associates itself with convincing people to accept the authenticity of its view.
The Evil Within Us
The Evil Within Us is part of our inherent nature. When we realize that it is a part of us, we can either seek to diminish its influence on us or allow it to rule our nature.
Evil Lurks in the Darkness. JOHN 3:20-21
Beware for Evil Lurks in the Darkness of our soul. We are inherently drawn toward the world and its enticements and we are easily fooled into its traps. Forge a relationship with God through his word and allow ourselves to be immersed in his glory and the power of the Holy Spirit will empower us to bring us to the cross and our saviour, Jesus Christ.