FAQ: That person is saved?

I’m starting to post my blog sections at separate times to help keep posts shorter. Here is a section I want to add: FAQs. Let’s ask and answer some of these that keep floating around.

One of the questions that I am asked frequently goes something like this:

“How is it that two people can both go to heaven, when one of them acts like a Christian and the other one doesn’t, just because they both say they accepted God’s salvation through Jesus? Doesn’t their lifestyle have something to do with it?”

There are several main points I could make here, but let’s stick with just one: God sets the rules, and He is the ultimate Judge.

Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote:

We can thank God that the judgment is with Him. Some Christians who have truly left the city of death to enter upon the road of life, and who are saved, nevertheless seem to carry such a baggage of death with them that at times we can wonder whether such have really been saved. We must stop and consider that perhaps some might wonder the same thing about us, and must show by our diligence in seeking God’s glory, God’s honor, and the incorruption of the Christian life, that we truly are possessed by divine life and that we are seeking the eternal things.”

Quoted from: Donald Grey Barnhouse, Romans (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1952), Vol. 1, 42. ISBN: 0802830145

Do you have a question you want to ask or one that you get asked a lot? Post it in a comment, and I’ll address it in a future post.

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.

Easter weekend

What a great weekend service for Easter! We started our new series, “Come Alive” and praised God with some great music led by Pete and the band.

For those of you who weren’t here this weekend, you can order a CD of the series opening message by emailing resources@oaktreecc.org. We plan to be able to upload each week’s message when we launch our new web site soon!

Remember that there is no evening service this Sunday night. Our church leadership team is having a very important meeting during that time. If you are not a part of that meeting, you can pray together for us while we meet, start a group Bible study during that time, or get a ministry team together and do something. KEY WORD: TOGETHER!

Also, don’t forget that you can subscribe to my blog and get updates when I post. Visit http://2timothy22.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss for details.

I’m still reading those books on the right – slow going, trying to soak it all in. I’ll post something here soon about them.

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.

Family Time

We had an impromptu “Family Time” last night at church. It was impromptu only in that I didn’t announce it ahead of time (not that I wasn’t prepared).

For those of you who don’t come to Family Time meetings, basically it’s a time when our core members and attendees can give input or ask questions about what’s going on at church. I usually start with information that’s been building up, then have an open forum to discuss it.

Here’s a run-down of our discussion from last night (in case you weren’t here):

* Exodus 3:7-10 – “I’m going to rescue my people – Moses, you go to Pharaoh”. Our job is not to make plans and ask God to bless them. He is already working without us. Our job is to get on board with what He is already doing.

* Members from a church in Texas is flying up here this Thursday to look at our pews. They’re pretty sure they want to buy the whole set.

* We have some inexpensive and not-so-inexpensive building projects we’re working on for this spring and summer. Everyone can and needs to help.

* Ministry opportunities are posted very clearly on the lobby bulletin board, along with the person you need to contact to get involved. No excuses to not be involved in ministry at OTCC.

* I am hyped about our new teaching series that starts new week (Easter). It’s called “Come Alive”. Don’t miss it!

* I plan on having some guest speakers coming in over the next few months. One is Mike Ash from Next Level Church in Ft. Myers, FL.

* No evening service next week. Spend Easter with your families (after the morning service, of course!).

* No evening service the following week either. Our church leadership team is having a very important meeting during that time. If you are not a part of that meeting, you can pray together for us while we meet, start a group Bible study during that time, or get a ministry team together and do something. KEY WORD: TOGETHER!

The open forum is still open. Call, email, stop by my office, or even post your comments here.

Until next time,

Dan’l

The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.