2014 NYC Rally 2 - John O

John O Morning rally on December 29th, 2014 at the Campus Outreach Milwaukee New Years Conference

Rally Recap

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23 ESV)

There are those who will spend an eternity in heaven or those who will spend an eternity in hell.

There are 4 types of people at this conference:

  1. Those that are saved (and they know it)

  2. Those that are not saved (and they know it)

  3. Those that are not saved (but they don't know it)

  4. Those that are saved (and we don't know it / we struggle with doubt)

Everyone who is a Christian still sins.”

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13 ESV)

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 1:5–2:2 ESV)

Christianity isn't primarily about the presence of sin in our lives, but our posture towards the sin in our lives.

Perfection in this life is a horrible goal because you will never be perfect in this life. Christianity is not about perfection, but direction.

“Its better that your sin should shame you now then to damn you for eternity.” -Charles Spurgeon

Practical application:

  1. Confess

  2. Pray through the Psalms

  3. Challenge others in their pursuit of holiness.

Personal Reflection Questions:

  1. Where will you spend eternity?

  2. Are you pursuing sin and getting tripped up by Jesus or are you pursuing Jesus and getting tripped up by sin?

  3. How do you respond to the sin in your life?