CHRIST ALONE

CHRIST ALONE

1Tim. 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Something really amazing happened to me at my conversion, I couldn’t stop thinking about the person, Jesus Christ. I was mesmerized with everything about Him, I guess you could say I was smitten. Actually, what I was experiencing was the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit. That is one of His ministries, He attracts us to Jesus, then He magnifies Him. Some call this irresistible grace, I call it life changing. Sadly, many preachers have moved away from this Christ centered focus that birthed our journey in the first place. For me, there is not really anything else to preach about. When you see Christ as He is what else could hold your interest. Should I talk about money or maybe about politics. Maybe I should talk about success in life or how to be a better me. Actually, none of these topics can hold my interest, I have seen Him and He is all consuming, like Solomon said, “He is altogether lovely”. The Lord has used Jonathan Edwards to return me to a God centered message, here is something from his personal narrative. It is quite devastating.

“Once as I rode out into the woods for my health in 1737, having alighted from my horse in a retired place, as my manner commonly has been, to walk for divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view, that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the Son of God, as Mediator between God and man, and his wonderful, great, full, pure and sweet grace and love and meek, gentle condescension. This grace that appeared so calm and sweet appeared also great above the heavens. The person of Christ appeared ineffably excellent, with an excellency, great enough to swallow up all thought and conception—which continued, as near as I can judge, about an hour; which kept me the greater part of the time in a flood of tears, and weeping aloud.”

Our world is in desperate need for a return to God centered preaching. I’ll never forget something that happened to me several years ago. A longstanding member of our church God upset and left the church, I am sure you have never seen that before. She let me know why she was leaving (they normally do). This precious lady said that all I preach about is God!!!!. It is always the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. Actually I had to receive that as a compliment. I no longer feel I have to be an expert on all topics. I am not a financial consultant, an expert on marriage and family, I am not even a political consultant. All I am, by the grace of God, is a preacher. I have been given the awesome responsibility of preaching and describing the unsearchable riches of Christ. I have come to the conclusion that when He is lifted up and people experience Him, He tends to sort out all of those other arenas in our lives.

4 Replies to “CHRIST ALONE”

  1. That dear lady paid you the highest of compliments….
    Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks and it is easy to see your heart is fully enamored with Him- keep it up Pastor, for God i s well pleased!

  2. Larry took the words right out of my heart, Pastor, you are a living example of Christianity and humility and allowing Jesus to be Lord

  3. I likew coming on board in the mornings because you and parris preach itg! none of this watered down garbage thats out there, We have seen the Lord move here because nothing is watered down the word given as it stands. people are really looking for this, many are tired of only getting peices of Gods word and much more added The word was made flesh and dwelt amoung us, oujr Lord Jesus, by giving gods word and showing them Jesus we see amazing things, lives change only the Lord can take fallen dead people and restore us back to life and its a great liv e changeing merical! we get called all kinds of things by the religious unbelivers the world and politics, im glad we know the Lord no one can take this from us, let em bad mouth my wife and I were called gosple hardened, we thanked them and told them its the best compliment you can besto us, been told we were narrow minded another great compliment keep em coming we are being blessed! We can do nothing be nothing know nothing that we should know outside of our Lord.

  4. As for. Me now with my new coat and transformation from Him, I rather talk about Him every day of my life.You can have all th he money and politics and tv you want. But give me more and more of Jesus. I love His precious gift the Holy Spirit. I love His LOVE, FAITHFULNESS, Peace, Joy, Gentleness, Self control, Goodness, Patience. Hallelujah, I will never be the same. Thank you, JESUS
    I wake up praising Him and telling Him good morning. There’s just something Amazing about the name of my First Love, Jesus. Sends chills down my spine. I love you with all my Heart, Soul, Mind, Strengh. It is all New in my Life because of Him. Blessings Pastor Frank. With Love. o by the way its ALL Him not me….

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