God With Us – Dead To Sin, Alive In Christ

Romans 5:2-21 – Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Are You Saved? A blunt question to begin mind you but imperative for us to answer through carefully examining our faith- so are we save? If our answer is yes, the next question is – How so? Remember the sincerity is not an assurance of salvation, nor the hogwash peddled by many churches today as to the one saved always saved idealism. Just knowing it, feeling or even claiming it is not an answer; nor does it stand as an assurance of salvation- so how do we know if we are truly saved; if we are numbered with the elect?

If we are Dead To Sin, Alive in Christ.

Understand that our salvation comes as a gift if God’s grace, but it can only be appropriated by the human response of Faith. So to understand salvation, understand the set soteriology to which we bide to- we must understand two word; 1st being Faith and 2nd; Grace. When we talk about Faith; we speak of saving faith in Jesus Christ which is the only condition God requires for salvation. Note though that many fail to understand that faith is not only a profession about Christ being Lord and Savior for anyone can say that they believe; but it seeks action- that is the activity coming from the heart of a true believer who seek to follow Christ; that means to walk in obedience, to walk in righteousness as proclaim Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. Matthew 16:24-25; the call of Christ to come and follow Him in faith calls for a denial of self- being set-apart from the world; separated from our former ignorance, Dead to sin and alive in Christ. Walking in the way of the Master requires us to carry our cross and press on through;the narrow path of righteousness which we can follow by the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ. Easy enough; many people says it so- all we have to do is exude faith which is defined as complete trust. What many don’t realize is that the New Testaments concept of faith includes 4 main elements that make it Saving Faith.

The 1st is; Faith Means firmly believing and trusting in the crucified and risen Christ as our Personal Lord and Savior; It involves believing with all our hearts and completely yielding our will and committing our total selves to Jesus Christ. Romans 6:17-18 sets the understanding that once we were slaves to sin yet by the grace of God and power of Christ; we stand obedient thus being being set free from sin and becoming slaves unto righteousness, bound to Christ. This means that our will, our desires are bound to the King.

No longer I as found in Galatians 2:20; but Christ who lives in me. This means that all our actions, decisions are motivated not by our wants, but by our faith in Christ- we desire God above all else; thus in our desiring of the Lord; we live and are purpose to please and glorify our King.

The 2nd is; Faith Exudes Repentance which was a key point in the study of the book of Ezra. Repentance is two-fold; that being the confession of sin and restitution which is to be set-apart; separated and completely turned away from sin- thus turning to God through Christ. Saving faith is always repentant faith. Thus true believers will always stand repentant upon reproach or rebuke for their true desire is to glorify God with their lives; thus in the heart of sanctification- rebuke is welcomed which then produces Godly grief that produces repentance that leads to salvation – 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Acts 2:37-38

The 3rd is; Faith includes heartfelt devotion and attachment to Jesus Christ that expresses itself in trust, love, gratitude & loyalty. Faith in an ultimate sense cannot be properly distinguished from love since it stands as a personal activity of sacrifice, self giving directed to Christ. 1 Peter 1:8-9; Faith means that we are singularly devoted to Christ above all else; nothing fills us with hope, with joy save to glorify Christ as we fellowship with the brethren; being of one heart & one mind.

The 4th is; Faith in Jesus as Lord & Savior is the act of a continuing attitude that must grow and strengthen. Because we have faith in Christ who died for our sin; our faith should become greater. Trust and Obedience develop into Loyalty and Devotion which then develops to intense love for Jesus Christ as we glorify Him by enjoying His presence in our lives. This faith in Christ brings us into a new relationship with God as the price of sin has been paid in full and through this we walk dead to sin; never going back to our ignorances but being transformed by the renewal of our mind in Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Now, our life is dependent on the grace of God. In the Old Testament God revealed Himself as the God of grace and mercy; in NT- the grace of God has been revealed through Christ in which we as believers in the hope of not misconstruing nor abusing such grace need to understand that; 1- God gives a measure of grace as a gift as found in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9. 2- God gives grace to believers to set free from sin; Many professing christians state that the grace of God is a limitless start over, clean slate protocol that as sin abounds; thus grace abounds but look at Romans 6:20-22; we have been given grace thus we are set free from Sin; thus sin has no power over us- we are slaves of God; which means that we are slaves to righteousness- we who are renewed, holy, pure and true will not submit to the call of carnality, to the pressures of sin- why sin, ourselves no longer stand as our master; the mastery of ourselves is in Christ. Grace must be diligently desired and sought; that stands as number 3; Hebrews 4:16- how do we come near to the throne of grace; by studying scripture, hearing the proclamation of the gospel, praying, fasting, worshiping God and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5:20-21 – By Christ and His righteousness, we were redeemed; but not to walk in sin because grace abounds; but to embrace the grace of God as we strive to faithfully walk in holiness and purity. The law was there to make us realize the unrighteousness within ourselves; in this knowledge- we who are convicted and elected would respond in godly grief as we stand repentant of our sins and embrace the grace of God not to erase our faults and continue walking in sinfulness the next day but to once and for all by the grace of God walk circumspectly- pressing on in the narrow path as we seek righteousness in all that we do. Many have misconstrued this passage time and time again as they justify unlimited grace to unlimited sin; 2 Peter 2:21 states that it would have been better if they had not known the way of righteousness. Why? Because Hebrews 10:26 states that under deliberate sinning; that means sin that abounds after receiving the knowledge of truth has dire consequences awaiting.

Romans 6:1-15; verse 7 highlights that we are freed from Sin; Verse 10 highlights that though Christ was sinless; he suffered from and was humiliated by the power of sin for our sake; in His death, he died to sin’s influence; in his resurrection; he triumphed over its power- likewise though who are one with Him in death are freed from Sin this count yourselves dead to sin because you are alive in Christ; the old self is gone- we die to sin daily as we live a new life in obedience to God. Verse 12-14 calls us not to let sin reign nor allow it to regain control over us; we have to deny it; resist it- by walking in righteousness; by filling our days with scripture; never idling by but pressing on to saturate ourselves in the word of God; always communing with the King as we are reminded that we are not bound by the law but we live in God’s grace which has fulfilled the law in which we ourselves may stand to faithfully obey the law since we Christ empowers us to do.

Finally comes the question- if we are under grace then; do we sin? Verse 15 states – by no means. The answer of Paul explains that every believer must continually reaffirm and implement his or her decision to resist sin and follow Christ. Those who have not committed to Christ’s Lordship and have not completely opposed sin’s dominion in their personal lives have no right whatsoever to speak of Christ as Lord and Savior for no one can serve two masters- you cannot state that you are for Christ yet your life exudes the world thus I stand to ask you as I end;

Are you truly saved?

God With Us is the weekly publication of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International that features the message bestowed the previous week. It is a Christ centered devotional that aims to augment the quiet time and bible study time of every believer who truly seeks to focus on God, grow deeper in His word and walk in the Newness of life in Christ Jesus. Reproduction, printing and sharing of the said work is encouraged but kindly refrain from changing, editing the said piece since it might misconstrue the original message being shared.

God With Us – How Sensitive Are We Of The Holy Spirit’s Conviction?

John 16:8-11 – And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged

The term Convict; is defined as to be found or proven guilty & to convince of error or sinfulness; but when we talk of the term Conviction; we study the biblical term that is rooted from in the Greek word Elencho (el-eng’-kho) which means to expose; to rebuke, refute, show fault; to convince. Chapter 16 of John speaks of the prophesied coming of the Holy Spirit as invoked by Christ in the hour of his death; the previous events prior to our key text sets the stage that the disciples upon hearing of Christ’s departure immediately were downcast, weakened and saddened in which Christ corrects them by stating that his departure stands advantageous to them for the helper; that is the Holy Spirit may come; The coming of the Holy Spirit at the day of Pentecost which is found in Acts 2:4 brings about conviction to the world; As found in John 16:8-11. The Holy Spirit comes to convict; to Elencho; that is to expose sin, to rebuke unrighteousness; to refute apostasy; to show fault and convince all of the need to repent, to make restitution; to strive for holiness, strive for purity as they are called to salvation in Christ. Understand that the coming of the Holy Spirit has never been or ever will be the coming of a impersonal force; for the Holy Spirit is a person as found in John 14:16; and the Holy Spirit is God as in Ephesians 4:4-6. Now the Holy Spirit’s ministry of conviction operates in three areas; the 1st being Sin. The Holy Spirit will expose sin and unbelief in order to awaken a consciousness of guilt and need for forgiveness. Conviction also makes clear the fearful result if the guilt persist in their sin. After conviction, a choice must be made. This will lead to repentance and a turning to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The 2nd is Righteousness; The Spirit convinces people that Jesus is the righteous son of God, resurrected, vindicated and now Lord of all. he makes them aware of God’s standard of righteousness in Christ, shows them what sin is and gives them power to overcome the world Finally, the 3rd is Judgement, The Spirit convinces people of Satan’s defeat at the cross; God’s judgement of the world and the future judgement of the entire human race- the Holy Spirit brings upon us wisdom, discernment, and a heart that is turned to God; transforming us as found in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18. The Spirit’s work and his manifestation in the life of a person stands as the winnowing fork that separates the true believer from the false; the wheat from the tares. The mark of a true believer is in fact evident in our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction in our lives. The conviction that stands as evidence of the newness of life in Christ as we abhor sin, walk in righteousness and prepare ourselves for the coming judgement. A true believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit preaches the truth of God and stands to convict people of the truth; exposing sin and calling out repentance and righteousness- standing aside and coexisting with ungodly idealism, ungodly people and wickedness shows that the Holy Spirit is not in us; as such our salvation is questionable as our relationship with God is non-existent- now why can I say that? turn your bibles to 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 – in all accounts this verse states that God’s presence in a congregation is recognized by the exposure of the sin of unbelievers which would then convict them to stand repentant unto God and walk to salvation in Christ. A true believer, a true worshiper and one who is truly elected walks to convict our self and the people around us of their sin and the need to walk in righteousness since the Holy Spirit moves him/her into conviction; into exposing sin for you stand as the salt of the earth, the light in the hill; darkness will not obscure sin since you stand to expose all that is wrong as you stand for righteousness, for holiness and purity. Jesus; in his final prayer for his disciples- called that they be set-apart from the world; to be sanctified- John 17:17-21; To Sanctify means to make holy, to separate or set-apart. The evening before his crucifixion; Jesus prays that his disciples will be holy people, separated from the world and sin for the purpose of worshiping and serving God. They must be set apart in order to be near to God, to live for Him and to be like Him. This sanctification is accomplished by their devotion to the truth revealed to them by the Spirit of truth; this means that they should be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit each step of the way; examining and testing each word uttered, each action taken if it would truly glorify God, will it please Him; will it praise Him? How do we do that? by testing and examining our faith walk through the word of God; by comparing ourselves to scripture. Verse 19 speaks of Christ sanctifying himself by setting himself apart to do God’s will; to die on the cross. Jesus suffered on the cross to bear our sins in order that all who follow Him might be separated from the world and set apart for God – Hebrews 13:12. Verse 21 cries out- That all may be one. So in our conviction to the truth of the Holy Spirit, in our sanctification and being set- apart- there is unity to be had here; mind you though Christ’s prayer for unity was not organizational unity as though we had one big governing church, or a system of government as we inhabit a tower; or a mall sized structure- what He called forth here was spiritual unity based on Living in Christ, knowing and experiencing the love of the Father & the fellowship of Christ; being separated from the world; being sanctified in truth, being obedient to God’s word and a desire to bring salvation to the lost. Unless all of these things are realized; true unity as Christ prayed for cannot and will not exist. Christ did not ask that his followers “become one” but rather his statement was they may “Be One” The present subjunctive used here designates ongoing action- “Continually being one” through their common relationship with the Father and the Son on having the same basic attitude toward the world, the Word and the need for the lost, to sensitive to conviction; sensitive to God’s call. Any attempt to create an artificial unity by meetings, conferences or complex organization can result in a betrayal of the very unity Jesus prayed for. What Christ had in mind was Spiritual unity which comes with the unity we have in the Holy Spirit which is impossible unless we are sensitive to His conviction; to what we need to change in us in order that we may sanctify ourselves and prepare for glory. That coming to His word, to His church is not a cosmetic, superficial means of holiness; but a deep down renewal which is only evident in those who are truly elected Thus as we end; I ask you- how sensitive are we to the conviction of the Holy Spirit; do we stand to convict ourselves of sin, do we stand to convict those whom we love of sin, do we convict the world of sin and turn them to righteousness? Examine your hearts today and if you failed in being sensitive to the conviction of the Spirit of God; I call to you today to stand repentant; be set apart; saturate yourself in scripture and walk sanctified, holy, pure and true as we await our King.

God With Us is the weekly publication of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International that features the message bestowed the previous week. It is a Christ centered devotional that aims to augment the quiet time and bible study time of every believer who truly seeks to focus on God, grow deeper in His word and walk in the Newness of life in Christ Jesus. Reproduction, printing and sharing of the said work is encouraged but kindly refrain from changing, editing the said piece since it might misconstrue the original message being shared.

A God Focused Sunday, Short Video

An Abundant Harvest Fellowship International Video Short proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ in each aspect of our ministry and each living stone that builds up this church. Truly God is good as He blessed us with the dawning of a new year to proclaim His goodness, His mercy and His truth to this dying world. Praise God!

Video taken via iPhone 5c
Video Edited via iMovie Mobile
Music used with permission from Pastor Lyle “L.A.” Lopez’ album entitled “Faith, Hope And Love”
Song used: Agnus Dei
Location: AHFi Quezon City Main Campus and AHFi Taguig Upper Room

All Glory and Honor to the King of Kings!

The 2nd Love In Action Official AVP

The AHFI Love in Action Official Conclusion AVP is the official AVP for the successful Medical & Feeding Mission of Abundant Harvest Fellowship International at Napindan, Taguig on July 26, 2014. The video chronicles the 2nd Love In Action Mission work held recently and the lives we were able to impact, bless and change by the powerful hand of God and His Holy Spirit. We pray that we would stand this upcoming Saturday to once more impact lives and proclaim the Lordship of Christ through love in action. Glory to God!

Letter From The Senior Pastor: Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

Dear Saint,

I’ve noticed a sudden influx of churches proclaiming Lordship; though it might sound wonderful at first; many of these actually stand for easy believism or free grace which is a far cry from sound doctrine; putting it plainly blatant heresy. Remember saints; it is easy to stamp lordship in a message, event or gathering but what really makes it Lordship is the fruit bore in church and in the lives of those who proclaim the Lordship of Christ. Radical Christianity does not mean a tattoo of a scripture verse you like in one arm while randomly proclaiming the gospel in your spare time. Radical Christianity and Lordship Salvation is founded in the newness of life in Christ, completely reformed; not cooperating but firmly submitting; standing as slaves to righteousness in Christ Jesus as we meditate on His word day and night; seeking His truth in all and everything. Lordship means we don’t expand by man made means; but we move forward with God’s hand adding to our number daily. Thus before we state we proclaim Lordship; check your bible reading, check your quiet time, check the preachers you listen to, the church you are part off and test the spirit. Lordship is not a trend, Lordship is simply standing by Bible founded truth. Lordship is when a person hit rock bottom, saw the error of his/her ways- REPENTED, saved through divine election to Sin no more since we stand regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. Lordship is not a process, its instantaneous. Lordship is not just attending every Sunday or having a hulabaloo party of a youth ministry- Lordship is Serious since Lordship is Life! So before stamping Lordship; ask yourself- Is Jesus Truly The Lord of Your Life?

1 John 4:1-6 – 4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Hope you are standing regenerated in all aspect of our existence, Truly proclaiming the Lordship of Christ. Have a blessed day – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Light Talk: 3 Points of Solid Wisdom and Lessons in Humility

In my 10 year journey with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I am in Awe of how He positioned me where He thinks is the rightful place for me. God’s Grace made it all clear to me as an elect and set apart for His calling, I understand now that I cannot do as I please. Every inch of movement, every thought, every plan I take I have to surrender unto my Lord. And this is where Lordship Salvation makes it all different with what professing Christians view Lordship is.

More often than not, the more I desire something for myself, I doubt in my heart if this is what my Lord wants for me. I cleave to Him to examine my heart and know His perfect will and not His permissive will for me. If I become insistent of what I just want and move ahead nagging God’s of His permissive will until it manifests, I would not have a clue of how to handle it or at least trouble shoot if it turns out bad in the process. Sometimes the easiest things to accomplish are not of His will. Even if I believe that I can afford to buy something, the more I am finicky to actually purchase it. thus, the more I inquire of God if He wants it for me. There are situations when I believe I should merit something or be given recognition from it, but I stop right there and then and inquire of Him first. The spirit man in me rebukes me, humbles and disciplines me and I’m stirred up by the Holy Spirit not to be assuming. God knows when to reward us. He knows the appointed time of when he will recognized us and be exalted by others and not of our own making.

Have you experienced scrolling on your facebook and suddenly you see your friends and co-workers , co-servants in ministry having a party and you were singled out, as no one invited you to join in. What would your reaction be? Would you dress up and rush in to go and attend as you please without inquiring? Would you sulk in to a pity party and feel sorry for yourself? Or simply trust God with much humility and tell yourself that the host of the party would have invited you if he wants you to be there in the first place. The spirit man in us will keep us secure and not be presumptuous of anything. The spirit man in us will not allow us to go before anything for the sake of our pleasure or displeasure. The golden rule is “Inquire of God ” in prayer. As it is fit to inquire from the authority placed under us. The faithful characters of the Bible always inquired of God and the authority placed under them. The prophets, King David, Joseph and the most faithful servants of God who valued Reverential Fear Of God.

It is always God who will go before us, not us going before God’s will, and the authority placed under us who takes the initiative to decide for the common good.

Here are the 3 solid wisdom and lessons in humility learned in my 10 years of being a follower of Jesus Christ and submitting to His Lordship.

1. Lean not on your own
understanding.

2. Don’t go before God / Do not go before your authority.

3. Inquire of God / ask, before for actinging upon it. Ask permission / seek discernment.

4.Put things in order. Always work in an orderly fashion.

5. Above all, pray without ceasing. In and out of season.


Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Judges 18:5-6
They said to him, “Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous.” The priest said to them, “Go in peace; your way in which you are going has the LORD’S approval.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

1 Corinthians 14:33,40
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
For God is not a God of disorder but of pe

ace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

The Distinctives of Lordship Salvation

What is Lordship Salvation?

The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness.

Our Lord’s words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation lightly. He taught that the cost of following him is high, that the way is narrow and few find it. He said many who call him Lord will be forbidden from entering the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matt. 7:13-23).

Present-day evangelicalism, by and large, ignores these warnings. The prevailing view of what constitutes saving faith continues to grow broader and more shallow, while the portrayal of Christ in preaching and witnessing becomes fuzzy. Anyone who claims to be a Christian can find evangelicals willing to accept a profession of faith, whether or not the person’s behavior shows any evidence of commitment to Christ. In this way, faith has become merely an intellectual exercise. Instead of calling men and women to surrender to Christ, modern evangelism asks them only to accept some basic facts about Him.

This shallow understanding of salvation and the gospel, known as “easy-believism,” stands in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches. To put it simply, the gospel call to faith presupposes that sinners must repent of their sin and yield to Christ’s authority. This, in a nutshell, is what is commonly referred to as lordship salvation.


The Distinctives of Lordship Salvation

There are many articles of faith that are fundamental to all evangelical teaching. For example, there is agreement among all believers on the following truths: (1) Christ’s death purchased eternal salvation; (2) the saved are justified by grace through faith in Christ alone; (3) sinners cannot earn divine favor; (4) God requires no preparatory works or pre-salvation reformation; (5) eternal life is a gift of God; (6) believers are saved before their faith ever produces any righteous works; and (7) Christians can and do sin, sometimes horribly.

What, then, are the distinctives of lordship salvation? What does Scripture teach that is embraced by those who affirm lordship salvation but rejected by proponents of “easybelievism”? The following are nine distinctives of a biblical understanding of salvation and the gospel.

First, Scripture teaches that the gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9). Repentance is a turning from sin (Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47) that consists not of a human work but of a divinely bestowed grace (Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25). It is a change of heart, but genuine repentance will effect a change of behavior as well (Luke 3:8; Acts 26:18-20). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that repentance is simply a synonym for faith and that no turning from sin is required for salvation.

Second, Scripture teaches that salvation is all God’s work. Those who believe are saved utterly apart from any effort on their own (Titus 3:5). Even faith is a gift of God, not a work of man (Eph. 2:1-5, 8). Real faith therefore cannot be defective or short-lived but endures forever (Phil. 1:6; cf. Heb. 11). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that faith might not last and that a true Christian can completely cease believing.

Third, Scripture teaches that the object of faith is Christ Himself, not a creed or a promise (John 3:16). Faith therefore involves personal commitment to Christ (2 Cor. 5:15). In other words, all true believers follow Jesus (John 10:27-28). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that saving faith is simply being convinced or giving credence to the truth of the gospel and does not include a personal commitment to the person of Christ.

Fourth, Scripture teaches that real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation includes a transformation of the inner person (Gal. 2:20). The nature of the Christian is new and different (Rom. 6:6). The unbroken pattern of sin and enmity with God will not continue when a person is born again (1 John 3:9-10). Those with genuine faith follow Christ (John 10:27), love their brothers (1 John 3:14), obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3; John 15:14), do the will of God (Matt. 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), keep God’s Word (John 17:6), do good works (Eph. 2:10), and continue in the faith (Col. 1:21-23; Heb. 3:14). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that although some spiritual fruit is inevitable, that fruit might not be visible to others and Christians can even lapse into a state of permanent spiritual barrenness.

Fifth, Scripture teaches that God’s gift of eternal life includes all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven. In contrast, according to easy-believism, only the judicial aspects of salvation (e.g., justification, adoption, and positional sanctification) are guaranteed for believers in this life; practical sanctification and growth in grace require a post-conversion act of dedication.

Sixth, Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender (Rom. 6:17-18; 10:9-10). In other words, Christ does not bestow eternal life on those whose hearts remain set against Him (James 4:6). Surrender to Jesus’ lordship is not an addendum to the biblical terms of salvation; the summons to submission is at the heart of the gospel invitation throughout Scripture. In contrast, easy-believism teaches that submission to Christ’s supreme authority is not germane to the saving transaction.

Seventh, Scripture teaches that those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8-9; Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 16:22). They will therefore long to obey Him (John 14:15, 23). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that Christians may fall into a state of lifelong carnality.

Eighth, Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is real (1 John 2:3). On the other hand, the person who remains utterly unwilling to obey Christ does not evidence true faith (1 John 2:4). In contrast, easybelievism teaches that disobedience and prolonged sin are no reason to doubt the reality of one’s faith.

Ninth, Scripture teaches that genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the faith (1 Cor. 1:8). Those who later turn completely away from the Lord show that they were never truly born again (1 John 2:19). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that a true believer may utterly forsake Christ and come to the point of not believing.

Most Christians recognize that these nine distinctives are not new or radical ideas. The preponderance of Bible-believing Christians over the centuries have held these to be basic tenets of orthodoxy. In fact, no major orthodox movement in the history of Christianity has ever taught that sinners can spurn the lordship of Christ yet lay claim to Him as Savior.

This issue is not a trivial one. In fact, how could any issue be more important? The gospel that is presented to unbelievers has eternal ramifications. If it is the true gospel, it can direct men and women into the everlasting kingdom. If it is a corrupted message, it can give unsaved people false hope while consigning them to eternal damnation. This is not merely a matter for theologians to discuss and debate and speculate about. This is an issue that every single pastor and lay person must understand in order that the gospel may be rightly proclaimed to all the nations.

AHFi Dawn Watch Video Short

A wonderful short film that depicts the service God has began in Abundant Harvest Fellowship International called: Dawn Watch. It is a service dedicated to prayer as we stand to seek God’s face; praying not to change His mind or force His hand but to be in tuned to God’s will that we may seek His best by biding directly to His commandments.

Delighting in God: Intentional Holiness through Obedience

2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Following Christ means we strive with all our being to be intentional in our holiness. The path of the world and its sensual desires which we so discarded upon our election into salvation must be completely dead in us for unless it is; we can’t claim to be one with Christ. Sin, sensuality and our own depravity unless put to death completely will fester eventually as each hidden sin, hidden thought that stands unpleasant and abhorrent to God will be brought into the open since God’s whose mercy is evident in our lives moves us to accept reproach in order to fix what has to be changed in order than we can exude the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Saints, what manifests in our day to day actions; does everything we do spell out that we are of Christ, for Christ? Or do we exude the world still despite our profession to be believers? Examine yourselves and check our hearts lest we stand abhorrent to God who by His loving Kindness purposed us to be washed by the blood of the lamb, holy and pleasing to Him. Our lives must stand obedient to Him alone; every aspect of our existence must confess Christ for unless it does- we are unregenerated and of the world we are called to disdain. Thus I call to you dear saints; does our lives shine Christ; have we cast down every imagination and high thought as we lay them captive into the obedience to Christ? I pray so. Have a blessed day dear saints and always focus on Him alone. – Pastor Lyle Lopez

Armor Bearers 2nd Year Anniversary

There is much to be grateful for in the dawning of a new year. One of reason is simply because of God’s great faithfulness that continuously unfolds in our church. Last January 10, 2014; the Armor Bearers celebrated their 2nd year anniversary which is a testament not of man’s great working, nor the continues devotion of the church and its workers to impact youths; but because God is so faithful that He blessed His church and empowered the saints to impact the lives of the children in Napindan Taguig and Quezon City thus turning each hardened heart into obedience to Christ.

Standing true to the call set forth to the church which could be found in Luke 1:17 which states-

“and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared”

Pastor Lyle Lopez, Pastor Akeem Lumongsod & AHFi by the grace of God and the unwavering stance for His truth have worked tirelessly to draw the youths of the land to come to Christ, turning away from the call of the world and its sensual appetites; and drawing near to Christ not by mere decisionism but by divine election.

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Praise God as He adds to our number daily those who are being saved. It is truly amazing to see the Armor Bearers mature in the Lord and grow in His truth. May God continue to bless and build up His church as more transformed lives would come forth as a product of God’s truth.

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May His light shine on each of the Armor Bearers in order that they be a light to their families, to their friends, to their schools and to this nation as they stand a generation of obedient, God focused youths who stand for the wisdom of Christ in all things.

In this we lay hold of the simple truth to which we stood to uphold from the start of the first Armor Bearer’s service; even to this day:

Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The Armor Bearers Short Film was lovingly created and written by Winchaell Villarico who stands as a youth minister and the head of Multimedia of AHFi. The film chronicles the calling set forth by God as He elected each one of these youths to stand for Him and shine His light.This we uphold as we stand in prayer to fulfill the call set forth by Christ not by might nor power, but by His Holy Spirit. To God be all the Glory, Honor and Praise!