As Christians we must never lose site of the BOTTOM LINE. Take this example from the Business world.
A man starts a business TO MAKE MONEY.
That man hires workers, to help the business, TO MAKE MONEY.
That man hires a manager, to help the workers, which helps the business, TO MAKE MONEY.
That man buys his manager a computer, to help the manager, which helps the workers, which helps the business, TO MAKE MONEY.
That man buys his manager software, to help his computer, which helps the manager, which helps the workers, which helps the business, TO MAKE MONEY.
The business man never lost site of the BOTTOM LINE. This must also be true with the Christian Church.
Jesus came to SAVE THE LOST.
Jesus gave us the Gospel, TO SAVE THE LOST.
Jesus built His church, to preach the Gospel, TO SAVE THE LOST.
Jesus raised up Apostles, to oversee the church, to preach the Gospel, TO SAVE THE LOST.
The Apostles that Jesus raised up, trained others, to help the church, to preach the Gospel, TO SAVE THE LOST.
Unfortunately the BOTTOM LINE in the Christian Church has changed somewhat. After hearing many sermons, I’ve seen that the BOTTOM LINE is often “How to live a blessed, joyful, prosperous, abundant life.” Which is a good message, but NOT THE BOTTOM LINE!
(By Robert Brownell)
Let us be on our guard against false doctrine. Unsound faith will never be the mother of really sound practice, and in these latter days, departures from the faith abound. See then that your loins be girded about with truth, and be very jealous of receiving anything which cannot be proved by the Bible.
Do not think for a moment that false doctrine will meet you face to face, saying, “I am false doctrine, and I want to come into your heart.” Satan does not go to work in that way. He dresses up false doctrine like Jezebel — he paints her face and attires her hair, and tries to make her like truth. Do not think that those who preach error will never preach anything that is true. Error would do little harm if that was the case. No! Error will come before you mingled with much that is sound and scriptural.
~ J.C. Ryle
O Lord Jesus, give me courage to take you with me wherever I go. Just like Joseph and Mary did not abandon you right since your childhood, let me always hold on to you forever. Let my heart be like the good soil that you spoke of, which bore fruit a hundred fold. Let not my heart be like any bad soil which has initial joy in you but having no root it withers away. Not let the Enemy of my soul steal away my desire for you by his evil deceptions. In days of luxury and enjoyment, let me cling on to the Gospel by having more self control in my life. In days of trouble and pain, cause me to always call upon you O Lord. Always cause me to be brave in spirit and in truth, so that my deeds are always good and so give reason for others to glorify God our Father in heaven. I ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.
O God the creator of the heavens and the earth, I pray make me strong to resist evil counsel. Just like the wise men called the Magi, who were able to say no to Herod’s wicked scheme towards Jesus the Messiah, let me also say no, be it in action or words towards the Herod’s of this age. Let me be given the wisdom and strength, to know whom not to give into, and also continue to resist their plans of deception and violence. I also ask you to guide me by the Holy Spirit, to watch my steps in the days of evil, and so refrain from doing wrong and causing others unjust harm. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
O Lord God who created the heavens and the earth, grant that I do more and more good deeds to glorify you. Cause me to speak of Jesus Christ the Saviour, to those in need of healing and counsel. By your Holy Spirit, lead me to works of charity and mercy, so that the poor and the oppressed get relief from their woes. I give up each and every thing that causes me to be selfish, so that I be more generous towards the noble cause of the preaching of the Gospel, to the ends of the earth. Make me more creative in helping others. Take away from me all shyness and fear of doing good works in the world, so that all who see me give glory to you O Lord my Father in heaven. Above all keep sanctifying me and help me to be free from all deception and pride, so that I be a good example to friends and family and all who interact with me. I ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.
O Lord God, bless me with salvation and mercy. Forgive me for all my sins and make me pure. I accept the salvation, which comes from your Son Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Give me the grace, to never neglect my salvation, but work it out with fear and trembling, as per your Holy Word. I say with all my heart that, blessed is Jesus Christ who comes in the name of the Lord. Save me from all deception and all deceivers that come to tempt me to be faithless about my salvation. Give me the grace to resist all that doesn’t help with my salvation. I ask this in the name of Jesus the Saviour of the World. Amen.
O Lord God, help me to grow in perseverance, for the sake of your Holy Name. Don’t let me get overwhelmed, even if all around me people fall away into death, or in sin. Help me know and realize, that my main goal in life is to live and abide in your Holy Word each day. Strengthen me by your Holy Spirit, to keep in mind all the things you have called me out to do. Cause me to to always love and cherish following your Son Jesus Christ, no matter what the world says and does. Grant me the endurance to seek first the Kingdom of God and I know that then you will grant all the things that I need. I ask this earnestly, in the name of Jesus. Amen.