Sunday, February 4, 2024

πŸ•‡ Laying Hold On Eternal Life And Building A Good Foundation Against The Time That’s Coming For Us All

 The NTEB House Church Sunday Service — Aired 01.27.24
 With Host Geoffrey Grider | NTEB Founder, Author & Editor-in-Chief
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot

Just minutes before he would meet his death at the hands of the Auca Indians, missionary Jim Elliot wrote this in his diary: “I walked out to the hill just now. It is exalting, delicious, to stand embraced by the shadows of a friendly tree with the wind tugging at your coattail and the heavens hailing your heart, to gaze and glory and give oneself again to God—what more could a man ask? Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth! “ With that, he was brutally murdered and ushered into the presence of God. Jim Elliot knew something you don’t, and he died a happy man because of it. How will you die?

“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”1 Timothy 6:19 KJV

Jim Elliot died in the cause of attempting to bring the gospel to the violent tribe of the Aucas Indians, his last breath spent on the battlefield of the Lord as a 2 Timothy 2:3 soldier, ‘laying hold’ on eternal life. You might be tempted to say that it was a shame for him to have died to that way, to lose your life to savages, but you’d be quite wrong. Jim Elliot also said “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” In that we have the true essence of the gospel, laying hold on eternal life even if it comes at the cost of this one. On this Sunday Service, I want to talk about building a ‘good foundation’ in this life that’ll prepare you for the ‘time to come’, and the Hebrews 9:27 ‘unbreakable appointment’ we all have with the Lord. You can absolutely be ready for that day, and the Bible tells us how.

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