Growing disciples demonstrate the life of Christ in their thinking anddoing. Many believers tend to focus on one or the other. But the Apostle Paul links accountability to Scripture directly to the application of discipleship.
Many evangelical churches emphasize the importance of personal discipleship, as well as meeting in discipleship groups. Sometimes though, the discussion can get off track. Verse 16 helps us examine the accountability of discipleship.
We’ve already seen how Israel’s grumbling quickly turned to distrust of God, which led to rebellion. And the moment they rebelled against His command they stepped off the path of victory. They believed the price of obedience was too high; only to discover the cost of disobedience. As a result, a generation of Israelites existed only to wander in a circle for 40 years and die.
As followers of Christ, we can point to times when God’s faithfulness was undeniable. Yet, we often begin to gripe and complain when adversity seems to block our way. The victorious life promised in Scripture is not compatible with grumbling. The uncompromising Christian chooses to focus on God’s faithfulness, even when it’s difficult.
Uncompromising Christianity doesn’t merely think that Scripture is important; it knows that God’s Word is imperative to our lives - even during times of adversity.
When we make concessions to God’s commands it takes us off the path of victory, onto the path of spiritual mediocrity. Recognizing that obedience isn’t optional is the foundation for uncompromising Christianity.
Professing Christians generally agree that Heaven is a real place prepared for God’s people. After that, ideas about what it’s like can vary greatly. But Heaven is unchanged from what Scripture has always said. Misconceptions can be cleared up by simply looking at what God tells us in His Word.
The moment that Jesus ascended into the heavens, angels began to talk about His return. Two thousand years later, doubters and skeptics have increased with intensity. Yet, the Lord’s promise to return is unchanged.
The majority of Americans claim some form of Christianity. Yet, less than two percent view their lives and the world through the lens of Scripture. So, most people are counting on going to Heaven when they die, but they do not believe what the Bible says about how to get there.