Introduction

At the top of the hourglass is the worldly system that contains all the things that have become acceptable over time. “Lust”, “Gluttony”, “Greed”, “Sloth”, “Wrath”, “Envy”, and “Pride” are all mainstays in how the world operates. As a Christian, a new creation, you begin to weed out the world’s way, as you move closer to the center of the hourglass there becomes a “devining” moment in your life where it is just you and God. It is at this time you reach a key decision about your life in how you are going to choose to live your life. You can choose to live in the world’s way or you can choose to live God’s way. As you come out of the other end of the hourglass God is now allowed to do a work in your life, your personal ministry expands and the floodgates of heaven begin to flow into your life. As your faith grows and as you become better equipped to defend your faith and reach others you then you have a responsibility to turn the hourglass upside and reach those that are still lost in the world’s system.
As a Christian we charged with turning the hourglass upside down and taking Christ back into the world system we left behind. We must pour out the blessing we have received and reach the lost, the unsaved and love our neighbor. We continue to grow in our own faith through our works and continually developing relation in Christ Jesus. The Great Commission in Matthew 28 states “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
There are several terms that will be used through this text that should be defined for clarity. First is the term is Christian. A Christian is a supporter or follower of Jesus Christ. The word occurs three times in the New Testament: “The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26); Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28); Peter exhorted, “If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed” (1 Pet. 4:16). In each instance, the word Christian assumes that the person called by the name was a follower of Jesus Christ. Christians were very loyal to Christ even through the personal persecution for their beliefs. A Christian is a devotee of Jesus Christ and has accepted Him into their heart as their Lord and Savior. A Christian believes that Jesus is God’s one and only son, sent down to earth filled with the Holy Spirit, became man, died and rose again. A Christian believes the only path to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.
The next term is defining God. God is in reference to the existence of Holy Trinity. The coexistence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in unity which becomes the referred to as the Godhead (3 in 1). The doctrine of the trinity means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, the formula is mentioned in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19) and in the benediction of the apostle Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 13:14). In the New Testament, God revealed that He is not only one but a family of persons—an eternal, inexhaustible, and dynamic triune family of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are one in will and purpose, love and righteousness . The best definition of what a Christian should believe and profess is found in the Nicean Creed. Soon after the persecution of Diocletian (c.303-311), a subsequent emperor, Constantine, became a Christian. He began to use the machinery of the Roman government to strengthen his newfound faith, and he finally declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine was instrumental in bringing about an affirmation of Christ’s deity at the Council of Nicaea, as expressed in the consequent Nicean Creed (A.D. 381).
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made, who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. And He became flesh by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. And of His kingdom there will be no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets, and one holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And I await the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the world to come. Amen.

As a Christian we should be equipped to defend our faith. The best method to use in defense is knowledge. The best source of knowledge is found in God’s written word, The Bible.

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