July 20, 2021
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To Abide in Christ
Definition of Abide: to dwell, continue, remain, tarry, to be firm and unmovable.
It is one thing to have Jesus Christ living in your heart and knowing that you have been saved (born again) but, it is another thing to allow Him to be the center of your life. To follow Christ is having a life that counts to the glory of the Heavenly Father.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (St. John 15:7-14)
The life that counts for Christ is the life that is lived for Him.
I. The Christ centered life is to abide in Him.
A. Christ centered is to be Holy Spirit led.
B. Christ centered is to be lived by faith.
C. Christ centered is to have Christ's purpose and practice.
Note: Abiding in Christ is the Christ centered life.
II. The Christ centered life is to have Bible directions.
A. The Bible to enlighten the spiritual mind.
B. The Bible to impassion the heart for Christ's purpose.
C. The Bible to empower the will to do Christ's will.
Note: The Bible is our lamp and light.
III. The Christ centered life will be motivated and cultivated in prayer.
A. Prayer is a privilege and God's power accessible.
B. Prayer is talking to God.
C. Prayer is commanded by God and is an avenue from which promises flow.
Note: Prayer is communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
IV. The Christ centered life will be a fruit bearing life.
A. Fruit bearing honors God.
B. Fruit bearing will also be a blessing to others.
C. Fruit bearing identifies us with Christ.
Note: Spiritual fruit will result in a Christ centered life.
V. The Christ centered life will be a love motivated life.
A. The love of Christ is Christian love.
B. The Christian love is conditional, if ye keep my commandments.
C. The Christian love is to abide in Christ.
Note: Our love for Christ will be revealed through our life lived for Him.
Abide in Christ
Pastor Fred Birch,
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)