Preacher : Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message : Returning to God
Readings : Jeremiah 6:8-16, Acts 2:37-47
God is warning us in Jeremiah 6:11 that He is tired of restraining himself.
When someone gets tired of restraining himself it means that he will take action.
Jeremiah is calling us to return to the straight path that we used to walk in the past. According to Jeremiah we have all sinned. This means that no one is exempt from the warning.
The warning is that God is gong to turn away from us and leave us in ruins.
God says He will destroy even the remnants.
However, God is giving us an opportunity to return to Him.
God tells us that the mistake we did is that when we got to the junction we took the wrong path.God is therefore calling us to return to the junction and choose the straight path that leads to righteousness.
In the second reading, Peter calls people to return to God.
The people asked Peter what they were required to do to return to God.
Peter told them to repent and be baptised and they would receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the fuel that keeps us Christians moving on.
The qualification to receive the Holy Spirit is repentance.
In Revelation, there was a church which was called upon to buy purified gold.
Salvation is the purified gold that we are called upon to buy.
Even today Jesus is calling us to buy the purified gold, which is salvation.
Let’s respond to that call and receive salvation.
Jeremiah 6:8-16 – More Click.<Jeremiah 6>
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations;
you who are witnesses,
observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth:
I am bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to my words
and have rejected my law.
Acts 2:37-47 – More Click. <Acts 2>
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Venue: Pcea Thome Parish Church
DATE: April 20, 2016