CROSS Ministries 3rd quarter brief (2019)
CROSS Ministries Brief for the 3rd quarter of 2019.
QUOTE OF THE QUARTER
“By faith Abraham obeyed.” Hebrews 11:8
THEME OF THE QUARTER: THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS
Obedience to the revealed will of God is often just
as much a step of faith as claiming a promise from
God. In fact, one of the more intriguing thoughts
from the book of Hebrews is the way the writer
appears to use obedience and faith interchangeably.
He spoke of the Old Testament Hebrews who would
never enter God's rest because they disobeyed. Yet
they were not able to enter because of their unbelief.
...Obedience is the pathway to holiness--a holy life being essentially an obedient life--we must say that no one will become holy apart from a life of faith.
Faith enables us to claim the promises of God, but it also enables us to obey the commands of God. Faith enables us to obey when obedience is costly or seems unreasonable to the natural mind.
The path of obedience in the pursuit of holiness is often contrary to human reason. If we don't have conviction in the necessity of obeying the revealed will of God as well as confidence in the promises of God, we'll never persevere in this difficult pursuit. We must have conviction that seeking holiness is God's will for us--regardless of how arduous and painful the seeking may be. And we must be confident that the pursuit of holiness results in God's approval and blessing, even when circumstances make it appear otherwise.
Excerpt from "Holiness Day by Day" by Jerry Bridges.
351 boxes of Christian materials were provided to churches, Pastors, and ministries during the 3nd quarter.