Why Become A Christian? by Mike Riley

A querist asks, “Why should I become a Christian? What’s the advantage of being a Christian versus a non-Christian?”

There are many biblical reasons for our becoming a New Testament Christian, but here are three primary reasons that stand out in this writer’s mind:

1) Our Past — The inspired writer Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 – NKJV “….for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Since our sins separate us from a holy God (Isaiah 59:1-2), and since sin’s wages is spiritual death (Romans 6:23), there has to be a means by which our sins are forgiven, thus bringing us back into a proper relationship with God. That “means” is the sacrificial offering of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7; cf. Romans 3:24-25Hebrews 9:11-12) .

2) Our Present — God has only promised us the present – the “now” in which to accomplish His purpose in our lives. James tells us in James 4:13-14-NKJV:

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Through our obedience to the gospel, we can experience joy and peace “now” (cf. Acts 8:39Acts 16:34Philippians 4:7). Part of that “joy” has to do with God bestowing us with “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4 – NKJV), one of those being our salvation from sin — not having to face God’s wrath (Titus 2:11-142 Peter 3:9Romans 5:8-101 Thessalonians 1:102 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

3) Our Future — The Bible not only gives us a glimpse of future judgment (Matthew 25:31-46Acts 17:31), but also emphasizes the fact that there are only two eternal states of existence — either “everlasting punishment” or “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Our namesmust be found written in the “Book of Life” (Revelation 20:12-NKJV), or we will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15-NKJV).

Yes, the above listed reasons are great reasons for becoming a Christian, being obedient to our Savior’s conditions of salvation. There is absolutely no good reason (or reasons) for remaining outside the saved body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23; cf. Ephesians 1:22-23Acts 2:47-NKJV).

Taken from http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2007/06/10/why-become-a-christian/

An Engagement That Could Not Be Broken by Mike Riley

By Mike Riley

The story is told that soon after President James A. Garfield took office, a member of his cabinet insisted that a meeting be called to discuss a matter that had the potential of becoming a national crisis. President Garfield refused, saying he had another appointment already scheduled — one that could not be broken.

The cabinet member kept insisting that the matter was of grave importance, but the President still would not budge from his decision to keep his appointment.

Frustrated that the President would not change his mind, the cabinet member then remarked, “Mr. President, I would be interested to know with whom you have an engagement so important that it cannot be broken.” President Garfield replied, “I will be as frank with you as you are with me. My engagement is with the Lord, to meet Him at His house and at His table at 10:00 tomorrow morning, and I shall be there.”

Brethren, if we’ll make the same commitment as President Garfield, the Lord’s house will have no problem in being filled every Lord’s Day (Matthew 6:33 NKJV; cf. Psalm 122:1 NKJV).

From http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com

Mama’s Translation Of The Bible Was The Best! by Mike Riley

Four preachers were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition, because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version, because of its up-to-date vocabulary.

The fourth preacher was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation the best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into her life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

Instead of discussing translation preferences, this preacher reminded them that the most important focus should be learning God’s Word and doing it (2 Timothy 2:15James 1:221 John 3:7). That was the top priority of Ezra’s life. As a scribe, he studied the Law, obeyed it, and taught it to the Israelites (Ezra 7:10).

For example, God commanded His people not to intermarry with neighboring nations who served pagan gods (Ezra 9:1-2). Ezra confessed the nation’s sin to God (Ezra 9:10-12) and corrected the people, who then repented (Ezra 10:10-12).

Brethren and friends, let’s follow Ezra’s example by seeking the Word of God — translating it into our life and daily living.

Let’s remember that the best commentary on the Bible (other than the Bible itself), is a person who puts God’s teachings into practice.

And the best version of the Bible, is the one that’s read.

Taken from http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/