Assurance of salvation

latest facebook devotional for Emmanuel Beach Team

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12 (NIV)

If you were to buy an autograph or an artefact, it is likely to come with a certificate of authenticity. This is the guarantee that what has been bought is genuine and it ensures that the buyer can have confidence in the item being bought. We often want to know that the results of our work our good, we want to know our destination.

So it is with our faith, how can we know that we are saved? How can we know that we have eternal life? Our certificate of authenticity is Jesus. He guarantees our life, ensures life and it is all assured- Jesus certificate is sealed with his blood and cannot be rescinded. How wonderful a thing this is.

If you have Jesus, you have life. Guaranteed!

Lay down your life

Latest short devotion for the Team

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

The search for love and the desire to be wanted is within us all. Think of all the love songs, the films and the tragedies of life that are centred around the need to ‘love and be loved’. This verse tells us of the greatest love of all and the response that it should invoke in each and every one of us.

The greatest sacrifice known to man is shown in those willing to sacrifice their own life for another. We have recently celebrated the 100 Anniversary of the First World War and many tributes have been paid to those who gave their lives for our freedom. We have also celebrated the birth of a baby, whose whole purpose in life was to face death so that we may have true life. This is love beyond measure – Almighty God chose to reveal himself in Christ Jesus, as an infant so that through His life, death and subsequent resurrection, that we may have life.

The life of Jesus demands a response – if we accept it, it tells us what we ought to do as well. Are you willing to sacrifice your own desires, dreams and riches for the sake of others? The Christian life requires that willingness, this is no easy thing, a willingness to lay down our own lives for others.

Lavished on us…..

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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

The strength and depth of this verse is overwhelming. Love was not just given to us, not just passed on….it was ‘lavished’ on us. It was given with great abandon and with a flourish. The father has given love in abundance, in great measure…..wowser! And we can be called ‘children of God’ – a title of greatest honour, to anyone who receives Him and believes in His name – and in that, we can have certainty, no searching for certificates of authenticity, we can know it with assurance.

How is this love demonstrated? Through the life of Jesus (celebrated at Christmas), His death and His resurrection. He gave of himself that we may have life. He ‘lavished’ love on us…..with complete abandon…..awesome! So, children of God, revel in it!

The Message we declare

A Facebook devotion for Emmanuel Beach Mission

1 John 1:5 (NIV)
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all”

The quest for perfection is so real for many people, whether that is body image, emotional health, ability to perform or whatever else comes to mind. However, the gospel tells us that we can know the one who is perfect – it is not these things that we strive for that will show perfection, it is the light of God. If we walk with Him, we too can be purified from sin (v7) – we too can be pure!

What is the message that we declare? It is one that points to God and says something of His very nature and that all people can share in that too. We can know Christ and the power of his resurrection, live in purity and in fellowship with each other. We can have life – an abundant life. Fabulous!

A Living Testimony

This was a short reflection written for Emmanuel Beach Missions:

1 John 1:1 (NIV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

When we talk about Jesus, it is not some fantasy or fairy story, it is evidenced by people who have met personally with Jesus, people who have touched Him as well as seeing Him. When we share about Jesus on the beach in Saundersfoot, we can share in the testimony of the early believers as well as our own story of a relationship with the ‘Word of Life’. Like the early believers, we can know Jesus, we can testify to Him and we can celebrate His abundant goodness.
Our testimonies are important, that is why it is a key part of our programme each afternoon, our testimony will enable others to see Jesus, what a wonderful thought….we are living testimonies to the Risen Christ!