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The Encouraging Doctrine of God’s Remnant – We Aren’t the Only Ones Left

This is just the first page or two of the sermon I will be giving tomorrow at Christ Reformation Church here in Tillamook, Oregon.  I think you will find these thoughts to be an encouragement, particularly in light of the fact that we see sooooo much counterfeit in professing Christendom today.

July 19, 2015

Sermon Text1 Kings 19

Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 18:1-40

Introduction

1 Kings 19:10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”

In our ministry here at Christ Reformation Church, as with any person or church that strives to faithfully follow and obey Christ, we face up to much evil. Just last Lord’s Day we considered the fact that most professing Christians will end in hell, as we looked at Christ’s own words about the Narrow way vs Broadway and other portions of the Gospels and Epistles in which Christ repeats these sobering truths.

We have often considered the biblical teaching that many and ultimately most local “churches” are not truly in Christ at all. We compare God’s Word with what we hear and see being announced and taught from pulpits in churches that claim to believe in the authority and inspiration of God’s Word. And it doesn’t measure up to the standard. Most professing Christians are people who really dislike God’s Word and who want their ears “tickled” by leaders whom the Lord has not sent. False shepherds.

And, of course, we are immersed in this ministry to victims of wicked abusers. We hear about their evil tactics every day and we hear story after story of how these evil ones claim to be Christians and how they are accepted as such by their churches, all the while the genuine believers, the victims, are rejected and even ex-communicated.

These are negative things, though I still find myself really pumped each time this wickedness is exposed.  I love to shine God’s light on it all. Nevertheless, I think it is very good for us on occasion to remind ourselves of some things, especially one particular fact, that Elijah was much in need of being reminded of.  Namely, this –

“The Lord always preserves and maintains His remnant, his elect, and preserves them as His true church until He comes again. Always. In every era of human history, the Lord’s remnant has always been there, even if they are hard to find and see. Thus the Lord has His remnant now, in our day. We are NOT the only ones left.”

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Here is a link to the audio and PDF of Pastor Crippen’s sermon:  The Encouraging Doctrine of God’s Remnant 

4 Comments

  1. healingInHim

    The Remnant – is this how ‘house churches’ often originate? In semi-remote areas and a small community; it is difficult to find others of like-mind. Grateful that the Lord has made internet access available in order to access sound Biblical teaching. I’m always mindful that this could be taken away some day.
    So, thank you Pastor Crippen for the exhortation and encouragement; strengthening us in our faith. For the time may come where such technology may be taken away from us or you will not be allowed to broadcast your sermons.

  2. Still Reforming

    Yay! I can’t wait for the audio to appear! Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord’s Word, Pastor Jeff.

    Indeed, words like those uttered by some of God’s most faithful prophets strike my heart with fear – such as when Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

    And he was Isaiah! I look at testimonies of prophets of God and the closer they got to Him, the more they were convicted of their own lack. And so words of encouragement are always welcome – to remind us that we ARE the Lord’s and that HE will keep us and sustain us and that we are not – nor are we ever – alone.

  3. StandsWithAFist

    How timely this is. How much I needed to hear this today. Feeling so alone,so abandoned, so misunderstood….like Elijah in that cave.

    Needing to remember that the battle is the Lord’s.

    Needing to remember I can do only what He has called me to do. Unlike the abusers or the pretenders, the Lord does not expect more from me; the battle is His. I will not argue with those who abandon me. I will turn my face away from them and toward the cross, to His holy hill.

    I will not seek water from a broken cistern. I will not expect grace & mercy from those with spears.

    He alone will uphold me in His mighty right hand, even when I run and hide. Especially when I run and hide!

    I will not hide my face from Him. I will seek His face and ignore those who do not. He alone counts my tears– those tears matter to Him, even the silent tears, in the cave, when I am alone.

    Selah-~

    • Anotheranon

      SWAF, Thank you for these eloquent words. They have blessed me today.

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