Yesterday, I preached from Deuteronomy. The title Deuteronomy comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible and literally means second law. But, this is not a second law in terms of a new law, but rather the second giving of the law. Remember the generation of Israelites leaving Egypt wandered around in the wilderness for forty years. God did not intend for this. Because of their disobedience, the whole generation had to die off before God would allow them to enter the Promised Land.
Deuteronomy, then, is the preaching of Moses to this new generation. They were indeed in need of recommitting before entering the Promised Land.
We read in Deuteronomy 1:6-7, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. Resume your journey.”
Challenges to renew our commitments to the Lord are needed from time to time in all of our lives. As kids return to school, this is a great time to think about our spiritual commitments.
At the close of my message yesterday, I challenged our church to renew these five commitments. Perhaps all who read here could benefit from these challenges as well.
1. Priority of Worship and Sunday School
2. Participation in at least 1 area of ministry
3. Personal and Daily time with the Lord through His Word and Prayer
4. Personal Holiness
5. Progress of the Gospel through giving and going
When I was in college, I was invited to attend an “Advance” sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When I asked about the meaning of an “Advance,” my leader asked if I had ever been on a retreat. When I indicated that I had been on many retreats, my leader told me that an advance was like a retreat, but FCA called them Advances. My leader continued that Christians are never to retreat, but always to advance. As Christians, even when we go on a retreat, we do so in order to advance.
Let’s advance together for the sake of the Gospel.