The Sure Hope Gazette seeks to share Thee Only Sure Hope, Jesus Christ. To share testimonies, thoughts experiences and information that may help those who are searching for The Truth, the real meaning of life, like we once were. And because we believers in Christ take nothing for granted, as we seek to learn and mature, being transformed by the renewing of our minds, we also hope to be an encouragement to Christ's body of believers. To God goes all the glory for our Sure Hope!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Rooted and Grounded
If you haven't already discovered this, there have been and still are, many belief systems and religious doctrines in this world that refer to themselves as "Christian." For instance, there have been a few opportunities in which I had the opportunity to talk with some Jehovah's Witnesses. Usually, they (and the Mormons) are the folks who travel in suits and in pairs to our homes, seeking converts and pass on their literature. Well, if you say to a Jehovah's Witness and even a Mormon (I found out from experience) that you are a Christian, they often respond with "So am I!" It was when I learned that the J.Ws do not believe in the Trinity. And because God provided awesome Christian discipleship, through a godly sister in Christ, when I became a believer, I was blessed with being taught the basic fundamentals about what being a Christian means - doctrine and such. So I can't encourage new believers enough, how important it is to read God's Word, ask Him to teach you all Truth by His Holy Spirit just like His Word says.
1Cr 2:12-14 NIV - We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to Him, and He cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
If we are rooted and grounded in Christ, then we grow and will be aware of false teachings but most important, we are transformed by the renewing of our mind. And also, when certain groups come to your door, you will be able to help them perhaps see what it means to really be a Christian. For the Jehovah's Witnesses, when they say "I am a Christian too!" we can share with them, that to be a Christian means, among other things, to believe that the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit are One. Their response may be what I have heard, "oh!" Or, the Lord only knows, maybe that is the day, He has prepared the heart of that person, who is deceived, to come to the only Truth an Way.
To learn more about Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormonism, compared to Christianity click these links: