Real Christianity Illuminates

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Introduction:

Many men will drink the rain/And turn to thank the clouds/Many men will hear You speak/But they will never turn around

I will not forget You are my God, my King/And with a thankful heart I bring my offering/And my sacrifice is not what You can give/But what I alone can give to you

A grateful heart I give/A thankful prayer I pray/A wild dance I dance before you
A loud song I sing/A huge bell I ring/A life of praise I live before You

Many men will pour their gold/And serve a thing that shines/Many men will read your words/But they will never change their minds 

 

I. Darkness

a. John 3:19-21
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

b. 2 Corinthians 4:6
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

c. Matthew 4:16
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

d. Ephesians 5:8-11
Walk in Light; For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

 

II. Jews and Gentiles

Matthew 8:23-27
a. Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “ Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Luke 11:35
b. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.

 

III. Light

a. John 12:35-36
Then Jesus said to them, “ A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

b. Matthew 5:14-16
“ You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

c. Luke 1:79
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

d. John 12:46
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

e. In Islam, To seek knowledge is a sacred duty, it is obligatory on every Muslim, male and female. The first word revealed of the Qur’an was -Iqra’- Which can be translated into RECITE!, READ!, LEARN! Seek knowledge! Educate yourselves! BE educated! 

About bvpastord

I received Jesus Christ into my life in 1982. I have a real passion for equipping, trainning and mentoring Leaders. I have pastored the same church for twenty years and have traveled the world encouraging leaders for Christ. I founded Leaders for Christ ministries and Bay Valley Christian Church. View all posts by bvpastord

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