Relating Rightly to the God of All Grace

I found the following devotion (December 16) by Bob Hoeksma in his book “Day By Day By Grace” to be very encouraging so I thought I would past it along to you.
– Pastor Voytek.

Relating Rightly to the God of All Grace

The God of all grace…to the praise of the glory of His grace…the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…the Spirit of grace. (1 Peter 5:10; Ephesians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 8:9; and Hebrews 10:29)”

Our Lord God is “the God of all grace.” God’s comprehensive and infinite grace is characteristic of all the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The Father will be honoured forever for His grace, so we read: “to the praise of the glory of His grace.” The Son makes that grace available to all who believe, so it is called “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Spirit applies that grace in the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ, so He is called “the Spirit of grace.” Grace is found in God alone. Therefore, one must relate rightly to the God of all grace in order to receive all that He has for us in fulfilling His purposes and glorifying His name.

We relate rightly to the God of grace by developing a personal relationship with Him. Getting to know God is what life with the Lord is all about. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). In fact, knowing the Lord is man’s ultimate treasure in all of creation. Everything else that competes is to be considered as loss. “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8). It is not surprising then that getting increasingly acquainted with the Lord is the way that His grace impacts our lives. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).

As we get to know the God of all grace more and more, He develops in us two strategic relational realities: humility and faith. Relational realities are spiritual qualities that become practically real as a result of a growing relationship with Christ. We have looked at these two spiritual qualities many times throughout our meditations. Repeated reflection on humility and faith is appropriate, since they unfold the practical heart of living daily by God’s grace. “Be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’” (1 Peter 5:5). God’s grace is given to those who “walk humbly with [their] God” (Micah 6:8). Likewise, faith accesses grace. “We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (Romans 5:2). Walking in humble dependence is the way to relate rightly to the God of all grace.

“Dear God of all grace, I want to relate to You rightly that I might live daily by Your grace. Help me to know You more and more that humility and faith might develop in my life. I long to walk before You in humble dependence, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Reformation Day Celebration – October 31, 2013

Celebrate the great breakthrough of the Gospel that changed the world, turning it right side up!

A fun, safe alternative to Halloween.

Place: Rehoboth Reformed Church building
(501 S. Idaho Street, suite 120).
Date: Thursday, October 31st
Time: 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.

The festivities include:

  • Teaching – What was all the fuss about?
  • Team Competition – Test what you know?
  • Family fun and fellowship

For further information, please call (626) 820-9390

The Long-suffering of the Lord and Your Salvation

We have been told to expect the coming of the Day of the Lord “as a thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:10).

But that day has not yet come for almost 2,000 years.

Why so?

Peter expected we’d ask this question, so he encouraged us to focus our attention on God’s greater plan: “Consider that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation” (2 Peter 3:15).

Stop and think about it for a moment. What would have happened if the Lord had not delayed His return? Or what if He had returned 50 to 100 years ago. Would you have existed? If so, would you have come to trust in Christ alone for salvation? Indeed, the long-suffering of the Lord over these past 2,000 years has resulted in much salvation!

The Lord also showed much long-suffering during His first coming. Again and again, His patience was tested not only by the unbelievers, but also by His own disciples.

For example, right after the revelation of Christ’s glory in the transfiguration on the mountain (Luke 9:28-36), His disciples failed to cast out a demon from a child (Luke 9:37-42); they couldn’t understand His clear teaching about His soon passion and death on the cross (Luke 9:44-45); and they had much pride and self-centeredness (Luke 9:46-50).

And yet, the long-suffering of the Lord resulted in their salvation.

How many times have you and I failed to fulfill our calling, or have ignored His commands, or have served and exalted ourselves rather than Him?  Yes, the long-suffering of the Lord is necessary for our salvation.

Thank you, Lord, for your long-suffering with us. Enable us to humbly acknowledge our  failures, ignorance, and pride and to turn away from them and unto you and your grace and merciful forgiveness in Christ. Help us to walk in humility, looking to your sovereign grace to be patient with all men, to love you with all that we are and have, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

Radio Program Studio Audience Opportunity

Join us in studio and participate in our Thoroughly Equipped radio program at the Rehoboth Reformed Church building. We are currently working through the book of Romans.

The recording sessions are scheduled for Friday evenings at 7:00 pm. The address of the church building is 501 Idaho Street, Suite 120, La Habra, California.

Also, we have expanded our program from 1/2 hour to a full hour.

During the first half hour, we will follow that current radio program format. In the second half hour, we will have an open mic discussion of the subject covered in the first half hour.

Members of the studio audience will be able to ask questions and interact with Pastor Mike and his program guest.

Come join us as we open God’s Holy Word and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Biblical Hebrew Class

Moses with the Ten Commandments by Rembrandt

Have you ever desired to read the Holy Scriptures in their original language rather than through a translation? Then join us for  Beginning Biblical Hebrew starting on Tuesday, August 27th.

Classes will be held at Rehoboth Reformed Church, located on 501 South Idaho Street, Suite 120, La Habra, California 90631. The cost will be approx. $70.00 for materials. For further information or to sign up for this class, please contact Pastor Michael Voytek at (626) 820-9390.

Course credit is available from Heidelberg Theological Seminary and City Seminary of Sacramento.

Free Book Offer – The Days of Creation

days-of-creation-bookSix or six billion?

Why is it important how many days it took God to create all things great and small?

Those questions and more are answered in a very helpful booklet titled The Days of Creation.

This concise guide will help you understand what God has revealed to us about His creation during six days of normal duration, as recorded in Genesis chapter one.

The first half of the book walks you through how to rightly interpret the Bible in general, and the first chapters of Genesis in particular.

The second half discusses and critiques a number of competing theories of creation held by various Christians and churches.

To receive a free copy, please call us or send an email with your name and address.

PHONE: 626-820-9390

EMAIL: Contact Us @ Rehoboth

 

Second Annual Regional RCUS Picnic

Let's Picnic!Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

We are looking forward to July 27th when many like-minded believers from across the southland will gather at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area to celebrate our great God and King and to share the blessing that He has bestowed up His beloved church.

We hope that many of you will join us for a time of fellowship, worship, family, and the enjoyment of the Lord’s creation. Click here for more information.

Looking forward to sharing with you the joy of the Lord.

Jonah and the Many Facets of Salvation

Ship in Storm 2aJonah had to learn the hard way that “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9) and quite often, so do we.

As we follow the misadventures of this rebellious prophet of God each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on 99.5 FM KKLA and rebroadcast here, we will encounter the manifold grace of God as he deals with Jonah, the sailors, the  people of Nineveh,  and ultimately us.

God’s grace includes the small blessings in life and the great–the greatest of which is our salvation.

What exactly is salvation?

Salvation as revealed in Scripture has so many wonderful aspects that we can liken it to a skillfully cut, multicolored diamond. Each time you turn it, you discover another beautiful revelation of God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Furthermore, the more we consider it in relations to the dark backdrop of our sinful rebellion and total inability to do anything to right the wrong that we have done (Romans 1:18-3:20; Ephesians 2:1-3), the more wonderful the salvation from God appears to us.

Consider the following facets:

  • Peace with God – the turning away of God’s anger and wrath from a sinner through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
  • Blessing and Comfort – the revelation of the eternal love of our heavenly Father toward His adopted children–believers (Ephesians 1:3f).
  • Supernatural intervention – the believer is changed from dead (Ephesians 2:1f) to alive. He or she is now a new creation in Christ, old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Acceptance yet transformation – salvation is by grace, therefore we can do nothing to earn it. We are accepted just as we are, and yet we are being changed by the Holy Spirit from glory to glory into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
  • Belonging – both to God and to those he loves, His beloved people the church (1 Peter 2:4-10).
  • A Future and a Hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

The list goes on and on. 

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The most important question that you must ask yourself is “Has God saved me?”

If the answer is no, then do not delay to call upon the name of the Lord. You can call or write us, for we are here to help you in this extremely important matter.

If the answer is yes, then join with us as we rejoice in the salvation that our Lord has wrought for us (Isaiah 12). 

 

How Is Scripture Powered?

The greatest source of energy we know of is our sun. It rises and sets above Mount Sinai every day. Yet, even the sun is less powerful today than when God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger 3,500 years ago on this mountain.

sunrise from Mount Sinai, EgyptSunrise over Mount Sinai

While the energy of the sun has decreased over the millennia, the words of Scripture are as powerful as ever.

Why?

Because the words of Scripture are the revelation of the all-powerful Creator of the universe. God spoken everything into existence. His very breath gave life to Adam.

Furthermore, He declares that  His Word is living and powerful, able to divide the indivisible, able to discern our thoughts and the intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). The Holy Spirit works through the Word to bring us to life (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:22-25), and thus our minds are renewed and our lives are transformed (Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2).

In sum, we can know things past and yet to come; we can relate directly with our Father in Heaven; we can tap into the power source of the Creator of the universe by plugging ourselves into the Word of God Himself—the Scriptures.

Cross PowerGet Plugged in to the power of Scripture

This Bible short is part of a larger study on the profitability of Scripture. Listen and learn more here:

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What Is Our Communication Device with God?

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Words are powerful, especially when they come from God.

Through God’s word everything came into being (Genesis 1, John 1).

Through God’s word everything is sustained (Hebrews 1:3).

Through God’s word both  justice and mercy, blessing and curse are revealed (Deut. 28).

Through God’s word we have a future and a hope (through the gospel).

Sometimes God spoke directly to the prophets who recorded these things as a memorial for every generation. He even wrote them down with His own finger (Exodus 31:18). What did God write? He wrote of redemption and the foundation of our moral laws—the Ten Commandments.

God’s word through His servants reveal His sovereign relationship with His beloved people (historical narrative), His requirements on how to maintain that relationship (laws), and ways to understand and express that relationship (through song, wisdom saying, and other poetic means). Furthermore, He communicated a multitude of promises, the greatest of which is the provision of a Saviour in the person of Jesus Christ. Today, we call it all Scripture and every word of it is profitable for teaching us how God wants us to relate to Him as well as to each other.