A Letter To My Church

Acts 4:13, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

Church Family,

In Acts 4, Peter and John have been brought before a Council of some very important leaders to be questioned about their teachings and the truths that they were proclaiming about Jesus. At this point in Acts, the Holy Spirit has already come and the power of God was being displayed tremendously as many were coming to faith in Christ. Peter and John were common men, fishermen by trade, that had a love and affection for Christ and the Gospel because they had been transformed by its saving power. Thus, it was said of them, “And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

That sentence is staggering when we attempt to apply it to our own lives. When people look at us, do they recognize that we have been with Jesus? If we are truly born-again and living our lives in the pursuit of holiness through the Word of God, I do believe that people will look at us and recognize that we have been with Jesus. In the good times, in the bad times, and in the midst of everyday life, I want people to be able to look at me and recognize that I have been with Jesus. What about you?

I want to challenge you to ask yourself that question. Can people look at you and tell that you have been with Jesus? If the answer is no, I would encourage you to repent and seek first the Kingdom of God. If the answer is yes, continue seeking Christ through His Word as He is faithfully producing fruit within your life. As God’s people we are to regard personal holiness as having the utmost importance within our lives. If we are believers we are to flee from sin, repent of sin, and pursue Christ. We are to hold each other accountable as our Christian life is designed to be lived out with the church. If we are to be a people that say that the Bible is our highest degree of authority, then we are to live it out and stand upon it no matter the cost. Let’s be a church and a people that pursue Christ above all else. Let’s be a church and a people that have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s be a church and a people that regard the Scripture for what it is, our ultimate authority. Let’s be a church and a people that when people look at us “they recognize that they had been with Jesus.” I love you all!

Jesus Is Lord,

Andy Baker

Build Your House on the Rock

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“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house not he rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” –  Matthew 7:24-27

Matthew 5-7 records Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount. Upon the conclusion of this sermon, He puts forth this teaching about building ones house upon the rock. What Jesus is doing here is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to who someone will follow. If you build your spiritual house and every aspect of your life upon Jesus, then when the storms of this life come your way, you will not be moved. Sure, you may take on some wind or water damage, but your house will still stand. But, if you do not do what I tell you and you attempt to follow any sort of other worldly system, maybe your own personal opinions, your own way of doing things, another religion, or anything else, you are as a man that builds his house on sand. When the storm comes, the house will be destroyed.[

As believers we are to build our houses on the very words of Christ. We have been gracefully given the Word of God, the Bible, and we are to stake everything that we are upon God’s Word. Our entire lives and everything that we do is to be reflective of the Word of God as it is to dictate every aspect of our lives. We are to obey God’s Word, we are to submit to God’s Word, we are to study God’s Word, we are to know God’s Word, and God’s Word is to direct us in everything. Thus, when the storms come, the house will not be shifted.

This is the same for the church. A church that does not build its house upon the Rock is not a biblical church. A church that does not build its house upon the Rock is a worldly church. When the storms come it will be shifted. When trials come, it will fall. The storms come in various ways. What I have come to find out in my short time here on earth is that many of the storms that face a church come from within a church. The way that tradition has taught us about church has not necessarily been the right way in some areas, thus, when the shift towards the Bible begins to take place, there are some storms that rise up. But I am confident of this, the church that builds it foundation upon the Rock will not be shifted nor will it fall. The church that stands upon the Word of God, no matter what trials or tribulations will come, will be blessed by God because that church will stand no matter what. God’s way is always the right way.

Build your lives upon the Rock which is Christ. Do not call yourself a Christian and refuse to bow to His authority and refuse to submit to His Word. Christ clearly tells us, if you do not do what I tell you, you are like a man that is building His house among the sand and when the storms of this life come, it will be destroyed.

Soli Deo Gloria!