Look To Jesus

“keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭CSB‬‬

It is always the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus. But Satan’s work is just the opposite; he is constantly trying to make us look at ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you do not have the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold on Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: He tells us that we are nothing, but that Christ is everything. Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, although that is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits. Therefore, do not look so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ as to Christ; do not look to your hope but to Jesus, the source of your hope; do not look to your faith, but to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith. We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our deeds, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we are to overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking to Jesus.” Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession be fresh upon your mind. When you waken in the morning look to Him; when you lie down at night look to Him. Do not let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you. My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness: I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
The Excerpt is from the June 28th reading in Morning & Evening by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 

May this encourage you as you choose by faith to #FollowJesus. 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory. 

#Conversations: This I Believe, pt. 9 – the Grace of God

The ninth episode of our #Conversations web series focuses on the Scripture’s teaching about the grace of God and what this means for the Christian. We take the opportunity to explore this unmerited gift from God that is given to men that were without Christ. We discover from the Bible who these men become because of Christ. May this help you in your understanding of who God is, what God does, what God says, and what we must do in trusting Him. Continue reading

#Conversations: This I Believe, pt. 8 – Salvation

The eighth episode of our #Conversations web series focuses on the Scripture’s teaching about the gift of salvation and what this means for the Christian. We take the opportunity to explore the gift given to men that were without Christ and who they become because of Christ. May this help you in your understanding of who God is, what God does, what God says, and what we must do in trusting Him.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations: This I Believe, pt. 7 – Who Is Man?

The seventh episode of our #Conversations web series focuses on the Scripture’s teaching about the identity of man and what this means for the Christian. We take the opportunity to investigate the case made about who we are without Christ and who we are because of Christ. May this help you in your understanding of who God is, what God does, what God says, and what we must do in trusting Him.

#Conversations:  This I Believe, pt. 6 – God the Holy Spirit

The sixth episode of our #Conversations web series focuses on the Scripture’s teaching about God the Holy Spirit and what this person of the Trinity means for the Christian. His presence & work is what teaches the disciple, the church, and those seeking answers about conviction and glory. He is also the gift for the believer who fills and fuels the witness with power to live & speak as a follower of Christ. May this help you in your understanding of who God is, what God does, what God says, and what we must do in trusting Him.

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory

#FollowJesus #beHis  Continue reading

I Am with You Always…

It is good that there is One who is always the same and who is always with us. It is good that there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. Let us not set our soul’s affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures but set our hearts upon Him who remains faithful forever. Let us not build our house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world but base our hopes upon this rock that, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge you, lay up your treasure in the only secure cabinet; store your jewels where you can never lose them. Put your all in Christ; set all your affections on His person, all your hope in His merit, all your trust in His efficacious blood, all your joy in His presence, and then you may laugh at loss and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns, and the day comes when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth and death will soon put out your candle. How sweet to have the sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between you and all you have; so join your heart to Him who will never leave you; trust Him who will go with you through the surging current of death’s stream and who will bring you safely to the celestial shore and have you sit with Him in heavenly places forever. In the sorrows of affliction, tell your secrets to the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Trust all your concerns to Him who can never be taken from you, who will never leave you, and who will never let you leave Him, even “Jesus Christ [who] is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  “I am with you always” is enough for my soul to live upon no matter who forsakes me.
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

From Morning & Evening – May 11th

May this entry encourage you Child of God as you live to follow Jesus. 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory. 

What’s Happening At Eastgate This Weekend???

For the weekend of May 7th, 2017…

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Hello Church!
I am so looking forward to this coming weekend as we prepare to gather on Sunday!  Let’s look at some of the many reasons why!
Harvest Life BC.pngTo start with… we will be hosting the Harvest Life Boot Camp during our LifeGroups time for youth, collegiate, and adults. To add some flavor to this, we will be serving a hearty full breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. before this time together. Our guest speaker will be leading this time together for the church.
Harvest Life Sunday
Then the Worship Gathering will be a focused time that is designed for you to invite those who are unchurched, dechurched, or simply have not heard the Gospel message. Our guest speaker is going to be sharing a message to exalt Christ, encourage the church, and evangelize souls.
 
splash_baptism_sunday-title-1-still-16x9Then, on Sunday night… we get the bonus round!!! We will be having a celebration of Baptism (still open to those needing to follow through on this celebration) and the opportunity to hear from our guest speaker once more as a church.
Hopefully, by presenting two opportunities on Sunday, we will remove the difficulties in schedules for you to invite others…but also to broaden and stretch ourselves in a way that brings strength and health.
 
I hope you are as pumped as I am! Let’s encourage and invite and show up ready this weekend!