A Word from the Lord with Archbishop Foley Beach

Being in Christ – Part 1: To Live Is Christ

October 23, 2016

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Overview of Prior Series:  Turkeys and Eagles: This Series has been looking at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to point out “Turkeyisms” – things by which have duped us into believing or behaving in ways which aren’t what Christianity is all about. This Series has pointed out some changes in our thinking needed so that we can be like “Eagles” -- to be the people that God wants and intended for us to be. Ephesians 6 mentions “praying in the Spirit” – praying with a focus on the Lord. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have, but we fail to use it. Prayer is the privilege we are given to enter into the holiness of the Universe’s Creator. When we bring our situations to God, His presence invades those situations.

Sermon: To Live Is Christ: We have too many in the Christian Church that do not know who they are in Jesus. Therefore, too many Christians live their lives with no purpose or vision; and due to this ignorance, they often live in fear and disillusionment about their spiritual life. “Being in Christ”: When we first came to faith in Jesus, something miraculous happened – we were transferred from the “kingdom of darkness” to the “kingdom of light” – we went from not being in Jesus to being in Jesus. However, most of us don’t live like we are in Jesus. Being in Jesus is like being in the water scuba diving – being in Jesus effects everything (e.g., thoughts, actions, movements, feelings – even those things needed to stay alive). We need to become aware of who we are in Jesus. Once we are in Jesus, we have a struggle with our very being.

Paul tells us, in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, that we are body, soul, and spirit – our spirit is where God indwells us when we are in Christ. To live in Christ, we must yield our body and soul to the spirit. In Philippians 1:21, Paul tells us that “for me to live is Christ” – Christ is what life is all about. Remembering “to live is Christ” reminds us that we live in the Kingdom of God, and God is in charge. In whatever circumstance we are facing in our lives, “to Live is Christ”. Also, Paul, in Philippians 1, describes how we have a work in Christ which includes being a witness for Christ. We are either “in Christ” or “not in Christ” -- “to Live is Christ”.

Today’s Affirmation: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I am FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).

Scripture Reference (ESV): Ephesians 6:10-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Philippians 1:21-30; Ephesians 1:3-4; Colossians 1:1-2.

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About A Word from the Lord

The vision of A Word from the Lord is to share Biblical teaching using the instruments of radio, print, computer, the Internet, and satellite technology so that people might hear and apply the WORD of GOD and discover the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah.

In today’s world of confusing and conflicting messages from the Church, a major goal of A Word from the Lord can be summarized from Nehemiah when: They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving meaning so that the people could understand what was being read (Nehemiah 8:8,NIV). With all the clutter in today's media venues, A Word from the Lord, seeks to proclaim in simple terms the ancient Faith of the Scriptures. As the Apostle Paul has written for us: So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17, ESV).

About Archbishop Foley Beach

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

Founded in 2009, the ACNA unites some 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. It is an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion, and the ACNA has planted nearly 500 churches in the past five years.

Archbishop Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia from its founding in February 2004 until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADOTS) in the ACNA, and in June 2014, he was elected by his fellow bishops to serve as the Archbishop of the ACNA. Additionally, Dr. Beach is president of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF).

Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church. Dr. Beach has been married for more than 30 years, and he and his wife have two grown children and make their home in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Dr. Beach’s passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible and living Jesus. Dr. Beach’s A Word from the Lord radio ministry can be heard each week on radio stations throughout the United States and on the Internet. A Word from Lord’s Weekly Broadcast is a 25-minute Biblical Teaching ministry, and A Word from the Lord’s One-Minute Messages offer a daily challenge from the Scriptures.

Dr. Beach shares years of Biblical and theological study in addition to more than 40 years of ministry experience as he shepherds the ACNA and ADOTS. Reaching out through the church, the radio, weekly email messages, the Internet, and newspaper columns, in clear and concise ways, he brings out the principles of the Word of God so that listeners may apply them in their lives.

His personal favorite scripture is: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

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