June 13, Believe Jesus

One day a king came to the garden and saw…

One day a king came to the garden and saw withering and dying trees, bushes and flowers. An oak said that he dies because it can’t be as high as a pine. Applying to a pine tree, the king found her falling down because it can’t give grapes like a grapevine. And grapevine was dying because it couldn’t blossom like a rose. Soon he found a single plant, pleasing heart, bloomy and fresh. The king asked all the trees and flowers here are withering, and you are flourishing, why?

I think it comes naturally. I believe that when you planted me, you wanted to get a joy. If you would like to grow an oak, grapes or rose, you would plant them. So I think that I can’t be anything else than what I am. And I try to develop my best qualities.

Belief is a powerful motivator, wars have been fought over it, men have given their lives for what they believe in, fortunes have been won and lost for the sense of belief. What do I believe that gives me purpose and a destiny that is beyond myself?

WHAT DO I BELIEVE? This is the central question to my life.

Do I believe God who has created me to bring Him joy? That He spoke the words and all that is around me came into existence? That from the first day he had a plan for me? That He is faithful in all his promises?   He designed and made me so I can have purpose in my life. He created me specifically to do his good works. Ephesians 2:10

Do I believe Jesus? Do I follow His Words, teachings and life?  Do I believe that He lived, died and came back from the dead so I can stand righteous in front of God? So I can have eternal life in heaven? John 14:23-24

Do I believe that God gave us His Word to comfort, teach and lead us in life? That God gave us not only Jesus as an example in life, but also an instruction book to lead the righteous life. 1 John 2:3-5

What do I believe?  Is belief not the crux of life? 1 John 5:1-5

Believing is not only saying the words I believe in Jesus. True belief demands that we give ourselves, sacrifice our lives to our belief in God. Paul did this, “It is no longer I who live….”. Galatians 2:20

Do I believe, truly believe to the point of choosing to act on my convictions? Acts 2:37

Have I heard? Have I believed? Have I repented of my sins to God? Have I acted on my belief and been baptized? Am I living the righteous life of a Christian?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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