Jared Cornutt

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Jared Cornutt is the Pastor of Students and College Ministry at First Baptist Church of Alabaster. Jared is a graduate from The University of Alabama where he double majored in Political Science and History, he then went on to get his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is now pursuing a PhD in Historical Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and will also earn a ThM in the process. Jared is the lead host of the Potluck Podcast which is a Southern Baptist based podcast that releases new episodes weekly. Jared has been married to his wife Kandace for three years and they are currently in the process of adopting from India.

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Waiting on God

A couple of years ago a country song came out called “Waiting on Woman.” The song is about all the ways a man waits for a woman, and he gladly waits because she is worth. While it is not a particularly great song, it does have a nice sentiment and points to the fact that we will gladly wait on things that are worthwhile. However, for many waiting on God is hard and not something done gladly.

The truth is none of us truly enjoy waiting on much of anything. The DMV line, a page to upload on the internet, traffic, and the list goes on. We live in a society of expectant immediate satisfaction and gratification. We want it, and we want it now.

Waiting on God

My wife and I are currently adopting our one-year old son from India. In this process, there is a lot of waiting. In particular, we are waiting to hear back for when our court date is which is one of the final steps. We are so close to the finish line but for a month and a half there has been silence. We have been praying to God for news, any news, and frankly I am growing tired of waiting. However, in God’s infinite grace and wisdom he is teaching me lessons; especially a lesson in what it means to wait on Him.

Isaiah 26:8 says, “O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.” Later in the book the reward for those on those who wait for God is explained in Isaiah 64:4 as it states our God is a God, “who acts for those who wait for Him.”

Our faith in a sense is a is known for waiting. The Israelites waited 400 years to be freed from Egypt. They then waiting 40 years to enter the promised land. Israel waited expectantly for the Messiah to come. Now we, New Testament people, longingly wait for the return of Christ to restore this world. Here are three quick lessons I have learned in waiting on God.

 

Waiting Means He is in Control

Waiting teaches us that we are not in control of the situation. God is carrying it all on his shoulders, and He is the one in control. Someone once asked, “Why pray to a God who is in complete control and already knows the outcomes which you cannot change?” The better question, why would you pray to a God who is not in control? God is able to carry the load. Surrendering to God means recognizing and living under His control. We should be thankful for this and let out a huge sigh of relief. The One who is in control is more than capable.

 

Waiting Strengthens Our Faith in God

When we wait we learn the valuable lesson of not getting ahead of God. Waiting undoubtedly teaches us that we need God, and that we can trust Him. His timing is perfect even when it does not fit into our schedule. In a season of waiting we pray more and thus commune with God regularly. When the waiting is over we are able to see the goodness of God in our waiting. While you wait and commune with God you will get to know Him better. Through this your faith will go stronger as will you trust in Him.

 

Waiting Gives God the Glory

I think we too often forget that we are not the center of the universe. God is not only working in our lives, but He is also working in the lives of every individual on the planet. Not only that, he is working a variety of goals in each individual.

Take the story of Joseph for example. We get caught up in all the bad stuff happening to Joseph we miss minor details in the story that have a major impact. Take the cup bearer for example. He was in prison for a petty reason, essentially because Pharaoh was in a bad mood. God used that attitude to put the cup bearer in prison. God placed joseph in the same prison at exactly the right time so he could meet Joseph and tell him his dream. Joseph would interpret this dream and eventually be put in a position to save Egypt and Joseph’s family and preserve the line of Jesus.

We may not see it immediately, but there is a reason to wait on God. He may use you waiting for the advancement of someone else. Our waiting is for our good because our God is good. So, we gladly wait because He is more than worth it.

By | 2018-04-16T03:51:28+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

Are We Giving God Our Best, or What’s Left

Are We Giving God Our Best, or What's Left by Jared Cornutt

Are We Giving God Our Best, or What’s Left by Jared Cornutt

The last book of the Old Testament is the book of Malachi. In this book the prophet warned the people of Israel that they needed to turn back to God. Although there may not be many modern sermons from the book still is applicable to us today. Malachi teaches an important lesson in chapter one verses 6-14 on what we are giving to God.

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name? ’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you? ’ By saying that the Lord’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.

And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. But you profane it when you say that the Lord’s table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.” Malachi 1:6-14

As we see from the text, Israel was giving blemished sacrifices to God. If you you have studied the Law of Moses then you know Israel was commanded to give an unblemished lamb, a holy God requires a perfect sacrifice (Leviticus 23:12). Israel had become guilty of giving injured lambs, stolen lambs, blemished lambs, and so on in their sacrifice. Their sacrifice was not actually a sacrifice, it cost them nothing. You see, for something to be a sacrifice it requires giving up something we want or need, if what we give isn’t a sacrifice to us we are not giving God our best. A sacrifice cost something. Worst than that Israel didn’t see why it was such a big deal that they were essentially giving God their leftovers instead of their best. Before we shake our heads at Israel we must ask this question: are we not guilty of the same? We we not also guilty of filling our lives up with non-meaningful, superficial things that do not matter when it comes to eternity?

During my summers in college I worked for a Christian missions camp. On the third day of camp we took up a missions offering to go overseas to support missions around the world. Students would walk up front and put their money in the basket as an act of worship. One year a girl did something different that really stood out to me. She walked up front and instead of putting money in the basket she looked at it, and then stepped in it. This symbolic sign was her proclaiming, “God I do not have money to give, but I will give you my life.” How profound! Are we giving God our lives? Are we proclaiming with our lives that nothing is more important that God, and what He commands? Are we living for His glory and to make His name known unto the ends of the earth?

The value of what we give is determined by the value it is to us. If it is not of much value to us, then it will not be to God. Giving God one Sunday every few months, a quiet time every so often is not giving God much. Do we take what God says seriously? What Israel was giving displeased God. We think when simply by giving we are earning right favor before God. Here we see it is not that we give, but how and what we give. Are we sacrificing things to God, or sacrificing God for things?

Read the text again and look to how God responds to Israel. He did not want their worship because it was not a priority in their life. It is not different today. God doesn’t just want our Sundays, he wants our lives! He wants nothing to be before Him. May our prayer be that we hunger so much and thirst so much to know God more that we can’t get enough of Him. That we understand the need for community and not only look forward to it, but feel like we can’t miss it. May our prayer be that the local church becomes the image of Christ on earth today. A community of believers doing life together, exhorting and rebuking in love, on mission together, and serving God above all else.

We have filled our lives with so many things. Sports, hobbies, and so on that do not glorify God because they take priority over God. They take priority over meeting as a local church. If we spend our Sundays at the ball field, watching the NFL, or any other hobby more often than we are meeting with a local believing covenant community we are in sin (Hebrews 10:25). Are we spending more time reading a recruiting website of our favorite college team, or in the Word of God? We have declared what is most important by what we spend our time doing and where we invest our money. People notice, our children notice, and most importantly God notices. Are we giving God our best, or are we giving him what is left?

 

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By | 2018-01-31T02:36:51+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

How to Have a Quiet Time

How to Have a Quiet Time by Jared Cornutt

Many of us have heard the importance of having a daily quiet time with God from Christian leaders. I wholeheartedly agree with this assertion and believe it is a way to keep our faith fresh, and relationship with God growing. However, the question I usually get after a statement like that is, how do have a quiet time? The leaders who are making these statements do not often flesh out how a quiet time should look, and after a while people give up. What I will offer below is what I do. It is not perfect, and it is not the only way to have a quiet time, still, I think it is a helpful guide you can use or modify.

Set aside at least an hour each day.

This can seem quite daunting at first. Most Christians have enough trouble figuring out what to say for a blessing at dinner, how am I supposed to spend an hour with the Lord every day? Maybe start small. 15 minutes at first and let it grow. The more you do it the more natural it will become. Soon you may see it go beyond an hour.

I recommend the mornings because it just really starts my day off right. However, that is not feasible for everyone. One man in the church I serve leaves his house at 4:30 AM every day to head to work. Whatever time of day you pick, just be consistent. If you are going to do it at 7AM then do it that time every day. Also, be consistent where you do it as well. I don’t like say getting in a routine because it’s not just something to check-off, but if you have a set plan of when and where you are more likely to do it.

 

Spend 10 minutes in worship through music.

Whatever music you like spend 10 minutes in worship before you start. Right now I am on Rend Collective kick in my quiet time, but I often listen to a variety of music including guys like Shai Linne. Songs a lot of times express what we want to say when we don’t know what to say. When you sing think about the words you are singing.

 

Spend 10-15 minutes in intentional prayer for others.

I once had a seminary professor ask me this, “Jared, if God answered all your prayers the past year how many people would be saved due to God answering those prayers?” Wow! Immediate conviction came over me. How true though that our prayers can become so selfish. So I set aside a different things to pray for each day.

Sunday: All the Bible-believing churches around the world who will proclaim the gospel this day, and for those who will hear it. Also, a UPG or UUPG.

Monday: My seminary (Students, profs, and its mission).

Tuesday: Churches I have previously served and attended. (Their leadership, congregation, and so on).

Wednesday: My local association and the churches and pastors who lead.

Thursday: Friends and people I know who are lost, by name.

Friday: Missionaries I know, and the countries I have been able to travel to on mission trips.

Saturday: SBC agencies (Other seminaries, IMB, NAMB, ERLC).

I also pray for certain things everyday. My wife, family and in-laws, my church and pastor, the students in my ministry, other pastors at our church, best friends, and mentors in my life. If you don’t know what to pray go to the Scriptures and let that be your guide.

 

Spend 30-40 minutes for worship through the Word.

This is a time you will hear God speak. The Bible is the very Word of God and when read we are hearing His words. If I read an Epistle I try to read the whole thing. The Epistles were letters and they are best read in one sitting, because when you get a letter you read the whole thing not parts at a time. Sometimes when I am reading through poetry or history I read a couple of chapters. Still, sometimes I get so captivated by a few verses I will spend all of my time there.

Take notes, write down questions, underline, and study. Saturate yourself with the word of God. If you read a chapter a day then read it two or three times. Get to the meaning of the text. This will be a time you will learn to look forward to and treasure. Some people will try a chronological Bible reading plan to read it in one year. That’s awesome, just don’t get discouraged. When you get in Leviticus you might be ready to hang it up. Remember the Bible is God-breathed and all of it is useful. I recommend a good study Bible to help understand what you are reading.

Be prepared. I do not recommend opening up your Bible and wherever you finger lands is what God wants you to read. Read through books start to finish. If you have never done this I recommend three books to starts with. John, Acts, or Proverbs.

 

Spend 10 minutes of meditation and prayer

This is a time to just focus on God. Listen to God, maybe go back to the Word as you feel led. Then pray. I pray that God will use me as His vessel, He will use me to further His gospel for His glory and not mine, and many other things that I may need pray for. Write down your request in a journal and flip through it every few months and see things that God has delivered on.

 

The most important thing: Just do it.

The first day may be the hardest but if you stick to it I really believe this will be one the things you look most forward to everyday. Find someone to hold you accountable that you are doing yours, and likewise do the same for them. Where we spend the most of our time is where our heart is. I hope this has been helpful and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

 

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By | 2018-01-31T02:38:27+00:00 August 26th, 2017|

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