Modern American evangelicalism has an interesting history. With the preaching of Billy Graham and his good and right belief that the world needed to repent and return to Jesus, many took this message and began to place emphasis on the Sinner’s Prayer for salvation. The thought was, “Hell is scary. You better say this prayer of repentance, so you won’t have to go there.” This prayer was thought of as one’s ticket out of hell and into heaven. The remnants of this type of thinking still has its effect on Christians and churches today.
But what if true Christianity is so much than just saying “the prayer.” What if what matters in the end is an endurance in the faith that lasts, a fighting to worship God alone and to serve him with our whole life. Jesus says that there is a difference between claiming him as Lord and knowing him. “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’” (Matt. 7:22-23). There is much more to faith than believing. We must have a faith that moves our hands and feet in trust and obedience.
Here is the upcoming schedule for those who want to read ahead or read along:
- Week 1: November 1 and 4—Revelation 2:1-7; 3:1-6
- Week 2: November 8 and 11—Revelation 2:12-29
- Week 3: November 15 and 18—Revelation 3:14-22
- Week 4: November 22 and 25—Revelation 2:8-11; 3:7-13
Featured Sermon Series Resource
As part of our In the End sermon series, Mercy Hill is challenging God’s people to spend meaningful time in prayer every day in November. We designed this prayer guide to partner well with the sermon series. Utilize this tool during your devotional time to center your prayers on the word of God. Each week will mirror the themes discussed in that week’s sermon, so you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself into what God is saying to Mercy Hill through this series.
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)