I suggest that every believer ought to be a part of a small Bible reading group. Our group reads one or two chapters a day from the New Testament and exchanges emails with our takeaways. Two tangible benefits flow from participation in our group. First, we engage the Bible in community. Second, we share some of the events going on in our lives.
So that I retain a record of my reading, I use a Bible that allows me to take notes. The specific New Testament is the Journaling New Testament Inductive Edition by Crossway. The translation is the English Standard Version.
During my reading of Matthew 5-6, one takeaway is giving is one objective indicator of salvation. Matthew 6:21 (ESV) reads:
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Unless there is an overarching financial catastrophe or hardship, it seems to me that those churchgoers who give nothing ought to revisit their conversion event. Please hear the exception: unless there is an overarching financial catastrophe or hardship.
If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, your eternal destination is hell unless God intervenes. But, your destiny can change.
Today can be the day of your salvation! Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved. You can also go to another article at my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/10/20/there-is-hope-even-when-there-seems-to-be-no-hope-2/ ).
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