MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Greetings in the name of Jesus The Christ!
A Call to Godly Living:
God desires that every believer lead a righteous life. But our culture places a tremendous amount of pressure on Christians to "fit in." The doctrines of our faith are often mocked and ridiculed in the public arena. Individual believers sometimes make spiritual or moral compromises in an attempt to be accepted. How can we resist the secular influence of our time? In Romans 12:1-2, the apostle Paul reveals how to pursue holiness and resist compromise.
God calls us to godly living.
God's call to surrender our lives to Him as living sacrifices is reasonable because He redeemed us from spiritual darkness and adopted us as children.
In Romans 1-11, Paul explains salvation, victorious Christian living, and the Lord's ultimate plan for Israel. In Romans 12:1-2, he urges believers to give control of their lives to God in light of all He has done for us.
We must make the choice to give control to the Father.
As God's people, we no longer have the right to run our own lives, but He still allows us to choose whether or not to surrender. Your entire being including your mind, will, and emotions should be yielded to God.
We are called to be living sacrifices.
Becoming a "living sacrifice" means we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us. As we surrender to the Spirit's guidance and leadership, He empowers us to live a godly life.
The apostle also urges believers to be holy sacrifices.
In Greek, this word means "set apart" (as in "for a special purpose"). In one of the paradoxes of our faith, sanctification—or being made holy—happens immediately at salvation, but it is also a lifelong process. Because it is written, be holy; for I am Holy.1 Peter 1:16.
Elder Ventrus Norfolk, Angel of the House