Church family,

I came across this video teaching this morning and wanted to share it with you. It is a little over 6 minutes long. It’s worth a listen (definitely, more than once). Why Christians Should Be Cautious About Self-Help Resources  

So often we look at Christianity as a ‘means to an end.’ “Here’s what you need to do to make your life better.” Folks, Christianity is not religion. It is a not a strategy we “do” to make our life better or more successful. Christianity is a relationship based on surrender to Jesus. Laying down my will and my plans for God’s will and plans for my life. It is a life surrendered and submitted to Him. He matters most! His glory, His praise, His will.

1 Peter 1:13-16 (NLT) So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

As a child of God, this is our sanctification. We are called to holiness – to be set apart from sin and set apart to God. Praise God because He has provided all we need in Christ for our holiness. Think about it. He not only demands holiness but provides for it! Let me encourage you to read Romans 6-8.

It is true. Christianity is not about guidelines to make your life better (self-help). But it is about a new life lived surrendered to the Lord! Have you surrendered your life to Him?

Walking with you,

Pastor Brian