North Anderson Baptist Church
Being Saved Should Change Your Life Habits, Including Your Giving
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
There are two points today that I hope you can understand in this message. They are: the change that comes because you are saved and the gifts of salvation that come with being saved.

The Change
Many of us know how wonderful the verse is that we find in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Here Paul declares that when you get saved you are different, you are changed by God and He is then in control of your life. The thought about being a “new creation” is so great. I don’t want to be like I use to be but new and different, what God desires for me to be. Amen!

I read a testimony this week that happened many years ago. I thought you might like to hear about a changed man. The story goes that there was a wonderful Christian young lady who came from a home of a man, who was good and kind, but was totally against Christianity and wanted nothing to do with that “religion.” He was a saloon keeper and did a good business. His daughter’s life finally awakened him to the fact that she had something that he did not have. So he went to a revival that Harry Ironside was holding. At the end of the service he came forward to the front weeping and wanting to confess his sins and to seek Christ as his Savior and Lord. Even though he once had no use for the church he now rejoiced in the knowledge that his sins were forgiven.
At once he was faced with a problem, his business was not consistent with his new Christian life. Some suggested that he sell the business and start some other kind of business. But he told them that he would not because he didn’t want to make profit off of what was detrimental to humanity. So one day he got a permit from the city to do something strange. He went to the intersection of a busy street and piled up the barrels of beer so that they made a pyramid and set up boxes of liquor next to the barrels and then climbed up on top of the barrels of beer.
He exclaimed to all who could hear him, “Praise God!” He began and then told his testimony of his faith. “I am on top of the beer barrel! For years I used to be under its power, but Now I preach on its head!”
Then he told the story of his conversion and pleaded with sinners to come to his Savior.
The liquor bottles were then passed up to him and he broke them over the barrels until they were all broken and after he got down he set the pyramid of barrels of beer soaked with liquor on fire.
What a testimony of the power of Christ to completely change a life!

Now let’s look at a scripture which tells of a man whose life also was changed when he met the Savior.
We have recently preached on this passage and so we won’t spend a lot of time on it. I really want you to see how much Zacchaeus changed since he met the Lord Jesus Christ. He wasn’t what he used to be but he was a new man in Christ. We have no idea if he continued the business of being a tax collector, but if he did, you can bet he did it with dignity and with compassion for those who had to pay taxes. He wasn’t going to cheat them again and I am assured that if he had any power over the other tax collectors that he would demand they did the same or at least he would have told them the story of his salvation and change that they would experience if they came to Christ as well.
Here is my point, becoming a Christ follower changed Zacchaeus’ life, behavior and habits. He was not the same man he was before he met Jesus.
Since you were saved are your habits the same or are they different?
When you came to Jesus, how ever long ago, did you become and “new creation,” if not then you were saved?
How are you different now than when you were lost and in the world?
The old will pass away and the new will come! You are new when you have Jesus change your life. What is the proof of your new life?
Now let’s take a look at a passage that Paul wrote to Timothy.
We can see that one of the gifts of salvation is contentment. Contentment can truly be a special blessing to us and it will deliver us out of a great deal of trouble in this life. Envy and covetousness are dangerous for anyone but especially for a Christian. Paul is telling Timothy when you are full of godliness that it will breed contentment, and contentment will keep us away from the trouble of wanting more and more, materially. So godliness is a gift of salvation too. Jesus changes our “wanter.” (I have created a new word for this message.) When He is in control of our life we are more like Him and because of that we are more satisfied with what we have, content. We are not always “wanting” more and more even of what others have. We are less desirous of wanting to be rich and do whatever it takes to get rich and wealthy, in the wrong way, so that we can have more and more. That evil desire makes our “wanter” to create a lot of problems for ourselves and those around us. Notice what verse 9 says, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”

Jan and her sister were on the way home from shopping when her sister said she forgot to buy her lottery tickets for the Saturday night drawing. She suggested that they stop at the first lottery retailer they spotted, and she could go in and get the tickets. “Why don’t we save some time? Jan responded. “I’ll drive by and you can just throw the money out the window.”

There are traps and temptations out there in this world to get you away from your faith and dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His power in your life. When we let our “wanter” get the best of us, then we create for ourselves “foolish and harmful desires” and they cause us to “plunge” into “ruin and destruction.” Our lives become out of control because of the “love of money.” Instead of placing our hope in the Lord we place it in money. Notice what happens to some people, “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Because of some Christians eagerness to have more money they have wandered from the faith. My, isn’t that sad to see, people not coming to church any longer and probably not reading their Bible or even praying, forgetting and walking far away from that which they once confessed to be real for them.
I have wondered a lot about the phrase, “pierced themselves with many griefs.” Can we just let that set for a minute in our minds and I ask you to think to yourself, “Have I done that to me and my loved ones?” “Are any of my problems caused by my lack of contentment and an overwhelming desire to get more and more possessions and money. Am I as close to the Lord and my faith as I once were or are there things more important to me than God and serving Him through His church and in His Kingdom?”
There is a great answer to these problems. Put your hope in God!! Hope in the Lord is another gift of salvation. Don’t put your trust and hope in this world and wealth, where will it get you but destruction and sorrow! On the other hand how does God provide? Richly!!!
Look at verse 18-19,

Paul says we should do “good deeds.” When Christ comes into our lives, our lives are to be full of good deeds that will glorify God and people will look at those deeds and see that you do this for His His glory and not your own. (Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”)
When speaking of our giving, notice what Paul is saying, we should be generous and willing to share what we have with others. When we get saved God gives us a new desire, which is a gift of salvation too, to be open handed with what we have rather than closed handed and keeping all to ourselves. That comes in many flavors, such as tools, cars, machinery, accessories and maybe even money. Maybe God has called you to be more generous with your money and like Zacchaeus you will give more and make up for what you haven’t given in the past.
We have been talking about Biblical Stewardship all month and this may be what He is telling you to do, but for others He may be telling you it is time to be a good steward in other ways in the church and in His Kingdom.

When Mother Teresa of India visited Los Angeles a few years ago before her death, a physician named Gerald Jampolski heard her speak. Attracted by her spiritual power that emanated from her, he asked her, ‘Would it be alright if I accompanied you on your coming tour to Mexico? Whenever I am around you, I feel the presence of God.’
She replied, ‘Dr. Jampolski, I do not object to your joining me, but you said you wanted to experience inner peace. Find out how much it costs to fly to Mexico and give that money to feed and clothe someone in need, and you will find the inner peace you seek.’ Dr. Jampolski followed her advice and discovered that she was right. That portion of our money that brings us the deepest joy and lasts the longest is that which we give away.” Michael Duduit, Just a Thought, 11/14/03

Share your time and your efforts working for God in organizations that honor Him and that blesses the poor and needy. Even working in the church in various places of service is part of stewardship and it is a gift of salvation too. Mr. Dennis has a survey that may help you know where you can effectively serve this church; check with him if God is talking to you.
I want to say that when you live like we have been talking about, because of a changed life through salvation and renewal of your commitment to God, He says that you are laying up treasures in heaven. Our goal should first be to (1) worship the Father who sent Jesus who died for our sins and rose again on the third day to have victory over death. Amen! Through His resurrection He gives us eternal life and then our new life should count for Christ through (2) reaching others for Him and sharing our testimony like the man at the beginning of this message. What better story can we tell of Jesus Christ, His love for everyone and His ability to change lives. When we get saved God changes us so much that we desire to serve Him in His kingdom’s work, here and everywhere for His glory and honor.
So today, come to the cross for salvation and come to the cross for service to the King!
There is a changed life ahead of you if you are willing to take the chance by faith. For the believer, you won’t be taking a chance but a sure thing, trust the God who made you and will give you new life, new purpose and meaning with a new power that only God can give you. Think of it this way, give up the old tired, empty and weary way you have been living and claim the faith that is your to have so that God can do a miracle in your life. Aren’t you ready yet?

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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