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Jesus Is The Way – The Only Way

John 14:6

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

RayMcDWho do we know that does not attend worship on a regular basis? Maybe we don’t. Maybe it is a child – sibling – parent – uncle – aunt – grandparent – neighbor – best friend – another soccer mom (dad) – a co-worker – a person you work out with – a fellow farmer – and on and on we could go?

If you believe Scripture when it says – John 14:6 – Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me – then you believe that knowing Jesus is essential for salvation and thus being allowed to come into the presence of God the Father – to go to heaven. If you believe Scripture when it says – Romans 10:14 – How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” – then you realize how important coming to worship is for presenting the truth to people.

WHO DO YOU KNOW THAT DOES NOT KNOW JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR? Invite them to a special event or some Sunday with you. Each week encourage someone to come with you so that the Gospel might be presented to them, and that they might come to know Jesus. Be persistent. Invite them again and again – if necessary – until they come with you. IT IS ESSENTIAL that we have a heart for the lost and reach out to them NOW. Continue reading

December 16, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Greater Joy!

3 John 4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

112015 Ray McDonaldAs a parent one of my prayers – since my children were young and even before they were conceived – was that they would come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. That prayer came to fruition as they grew and I thank Jesus for the grace shown to my children. There is nothing more important than their salvation. They are all successful in this world. They have done amazing things in life – already. Yet the most important thing is that they know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Are we praying for our children – our grandchildren – and for some of us – our parents and grandparents? Is that the first thing we think of when we think of our loved ones? Is our prayer that they will know Jesus? Is our prayer that they will come into a deep relationship with Jesus? Is our prayer for their salvation? Continue reading

May 10, 2016 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus – The Way, Truth, and Life

John 14:6

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

112015 Ray McDonaldOnce in awhile I will write articles about basic Christian beliefs – beliefs that I believe are essential to the faith – essential to be called a Christian.  So basic that I would have a hard time having any meaningful relationship with a pastor or church that didn’t believe them.  There are many denominations that call themselves Christian in the world today – and some are teaching a form of Christianity that is not only not orthodox – but not grounded in the basics of Christianity.

If I were asked for the most basic of beliefs – one of the first ones I would mention is that salvation is through Christ and Christ alone.  There is no other means of grace – no other way to approach the Father – to enter heaven.  Here are two Scriptures that I believe support this belief.

Jesus was preparing the Disciples for His death – His crucifixion – and was trying to explain to them what was going to happen.  Thomas – one of the Disciples asked Jesus the following question.

John 14:5 – “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

John 14:6 – Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Continue reading

April 12, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bringing Christ to Someone

Luke 15:7

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

112015 Ray McDonaldI love this passage – and it reminds me how important it is to be an evangelical church – a church that draws people to Christ.  Jesus reminds us that He is the only way to the Father. John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

If we believe these words of Jesus – than we will be a church family – and individuals – who strive to reach everyone with Christ.  At First Church – it seems that we are in a season of people being saved!  During the revival and in recent Sundays – we have experienced a number of people coming to Christ.  We’ve had four adult baptisms and several conversions.  Praise the Lord! Continue reading

March 20, 2016 Posted by | Bring, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus Is The Only Way!

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

112015 Ray McDonaldI remember a story I heard as a young pastor. The pastor was asked his opinion of the various Christian denominations and whether they all led a person to heaven. His response was very interesting. In the morning – a variety of buses pick up children from my community and other communities in town. They all come from a variety of communities – but they all end up at the same school.

This works for denominations – I guess – as long as they are pointing people toward Christ. Point to be made – not all denominations that call themselves Christian point people to Christ.

I have a friend who says one of the criteria for who he will date is that they be familiar with and agree with John 14:6 – where Jesus says – I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Continue reading

February 27, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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