Thy Rod & Thy Staff
A place to serve, not sit.
What We Do
Our purpose at our Bible base church is to get people to be like Christ and turn from that which is contrary to Him. We would like very much to lead others to make Christ the foundation of their lives. We would like to show Jesus as a faithful friend, a loyal companion, as someone who will stand by our side when no one else will.
As a body of Bible based Christian believers, we see our whole purpose as doing the will of God so that His Spirit might be manifested in our midst. With His hand we hope to convince others that Christ is our Lord and Savior. We want to show that if we trust in Him, He will very clearly show us that He is who He claims to be.– a Provider who can supply whatever we need whenever we need it under any and all circumstances, a Physician with no limitations in His healing power, a Counselor with infinite understanding and wisdom. We would very much like to reflect Christ in our midst as the Good Shepherd (Psalms 23 and John 10:1:18), as the one and only way to God, our Father in heaven.
Consequently, our Bible based churches goal is to get others to see the love of God and act accordingly. Undoubtedly God wants us to do His will but He wants it to be done out of love. God wants us to serve Him not because we have too but because we want too. God wants us to serve Him because we see Him as He is. He wants us to do His will because we see that doing His will is for out good. This is the purpose of our church and the platform on which it stands. We want to weld together a body of believers who love Jesus Christ so much that they want to be just like Him.
What Jesus Did
[Trying to trap Jesus, the Pharisees said to him:] “Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
His reply amazed them, and they went away.
The trap is set for Jesus. Get him in one of those governmental “Catch 22” questions where his answer is wrong no matter what he says. If he says to pay taxes, the people will reject him. If he says to not pay taxes, then he has broken the law and can be arrested by the Romans.
But notice how Jesus avoided the trap and turned his ambush into a great victory for truth.
He called their bluff by pointing out the trick to everyone.
He asked them a question about truth.
He gave a principle rather than a law so they had to wrestle with their own hearts instead of blaming some teacher’s opinion on this issue!
Perhaps we cannot be as wise as Jesus in your answers to difficult questions, but we can always speak the truth and trust the Lord to give us his right words to say (Matthew 10:19; Luke 12:11).
Holy God, please give me the grace and wisdom to gently answer those who attack me. I want to display your truth and character no matter how an enemy’s “fact finding” mission turns out. I want to speak of you no matter the consequences, and I want to do so in a way which brings you glory and brings Jesus closer to those with whom I share your message. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
Proverbs 15:9John 8:31-32; 14:15-17, 21Ephesians 6:19-20Ⓒ 1996-2021 Heartlight, Inc. This material may not be reproduced in part or whole for commercial use without written consent. What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.