Signs, Signs by Pastor Scott
Are you a “sign-follower” or a “sign-hater” or somewhere in between? My guess is that it somewhat depends on your circumstances and your desire for direction. In the 1970’s there were many songs of protest and one popular one was called, “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band, that included this lyric:
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Do this, don’t do that. Can’t you read the signs?”
Typically, human nature, we don’t like to be told what to do or not do; what to believe or not believe, but many of us do want to find our way in life based on what is good, right & true. Do you desire to know God?
Have you ever driven past a sign that said, “No thru traffic” thinking to yourself, “surely, they don’t mean me” or “I can probably get through somehow on my own?” In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through the me.” That is a very bold & audacious statement.
Will you “drive” past this sign or look for evidence to confirm this statement as the true pathway to God?
What is “the gospel truth” and what is keeping you from following the evidence or signs of salvation?
Is Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, Savior & Lord of all? Who you say that He is?
God used the signposts of Scripture, a brother, the life & teachings of Jesus to point Peter to profess Jesus:
“You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God.” -Matthew 16:18
“You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” -John 6:68-69
What or who were some of the signs that God used to point you to faith in Jesus Christ?
On Sunday, Oct. 15 we will consider 5 signposts of salvation – signs & evidence that God provides to point us to following Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior. Please read Romans 10:1-9 and study the text that leads to this profound profession of faith: “the word of faith is near you” proclaiming, “that if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
In the next two weeks, I hope and pray that God will use the teaching of this chapter to point you to personal faith in God by believing in Jesus Christ as Lord of all.
To the only wise God be glory forever, through Jesus Christ,
P.S. – we are living in difficult times of “wars and rumors of wars” and of division, instability & violence.
While these may or may not be the “signs” that the disciples of Jesus were asking about in Mark 13, the teachings of Jesus to His disciples can certainly be applied by us today as His followers:
“Do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. You must be on your guard. …Be on guard! Be alert!
Keep watch; what I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
Mark 13:4-9, 33-37