In a sermon about commitment to Christ, the great preacher Charles Spurgeon said: "I've known some who preached the gospel with power, but lived to depart from it altogether. I've known others who discharged the duties of deaconship and eldership with considerable diligence, who have afterwards given way to their evil passions. I've thought some of them to be the holiest of men. While they've been praying I've been lifted up to the very gates of heaven; if anyone had said these would one day fall into gross sin, I wouldn't have believed it. I'd sooner have believed it of myself. Those who seemed stronger than we have fallen, so why not we? Our Lord's disciples who sat at the table with Him, when they were told that one of them would betray their master, each inquired: 'Lord, is it I?' That was a very proper question. There wasn't one who asked, 'Lord, is it Judas?' Probably not one of them suspected him. And it may be that the worst hypocrite in this assembly is the one upon whom there doesn't rest at this moment a single shade of suspicion. He has learned to play his part so well that his true character hasn't yet been discovered." If those words hit too close for comfort, don't walk—run to the foot of the cross today! Run to the One who, with full knowledge of your struggles and temptations, loves you unconditionally; the One whose blood cleanses you from sin, whose grace can lift and sustain you, and whose power can help you live an overcoming life.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
As believers in Christ, we should not be ashamed of the Gospel because it is this very Gospel that has snatched us from the pit of hell. This wonderful news is open to anyone who will believe upon Jesus as Christ and Lord. Rejoice in this good news! Take heart in the wonderful mercies of the Lord! Be not ashamed for the sake of your life-giving faith! Proclaim the lovingkindness of the Lord unto all the nations with boldness that we who believe might fruitfully multiply the kingdom of heaven! Persevere in His strength, making disciples of all the world that others might share in the Gospel-joy that we, ourselves, have been granted to embrace!
Week #32 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 22-24
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 21-25
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 90-92
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 14-15
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 43-48
Friday: (Gospels) John 1-2
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Thessalonians 4-5