There are a lot of offers that we are given in life that seem to good to be true, but when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is better than we even realize. There are thing that Christ offered to man that I think most of us don't even realize. On this Resurrection morning we take a look at three things that Paul says the love of God shows us. 1. Our Natural Condition. II. God's Character. III. The Christians Comfort.
Everywhere Jesus went in His ministry crowd followed Him, but as He began to make demands upon their discipleship they devotion started to falter. Many of them that had walked with Him turn away and walked with Him no more. In John 6:66-69 we see the cycle that each true follower of Jesus must make. I. The Dispute. (Vs. 66), II. The Decision. (Vs. 67), III. The Declaration. (Vs. 68-69).
Everyday we make hundreds of decisions that define how our day, week and even month are going to go. Some we give great thought to, others we just dive right in. As Jesus closes out the Sermon on the Mount, He lays out three defining decisions that will mark were we end on the road to the higher level of righteousness that He called His disciples to. I. The Few (Vs. 13-14), II. The Fruit. (Vs. 17-20), III. The Foundation. (Vs. 24-27)
The book of Numbers 21:4-9 holds a story of a sinful and rebellious people that were cursed with snakes that bit them. The only cure was a bronze serpent that God told Moses to make that if they looked upon it they could be healed. Jesus later refers to this when speaking to Nicodemus in John 3:14-15, but what relation does this serpent have to Jesus? In this sermon we take a look at why Jesus used the serpent as a foreshadowing of His death and what lessons that can teach us.
If you have had your eyes and ears open that past year or so there has been an onslaught of people claiming to have a message directly from God for you. It is hard to believe that God has so many things to say that turn so many different ways, and that is because He doesn't. The rise of the time that we are seeing in our world has brought about the rise of visible and vocal false prophets, what I would like to call, profiteers. They sell the name of Jesus for a profit. In this message we take a look at how to tell the read thing from the fake, so that we can live our life devoted to Christ. The text of this message comes from the Sermon on the Mount series; Matthew 7:15-20
We live in a world that is constantly judging our actions, but is also constantly moving the goalpost on what is right and wrong. Yet people want to yell, "Don't judge me!" The issue with this is they want to set their own standard of truth, when God has already given us the absolute standard of moral and ethical excellence in His Word. Christians are confused about the Scripture of Matthew 7:1-5 and our role on holding people accountable for their actions in a world turned upside down. As a believer is we are going to call someone on their sin we must remember two things; I. Is our life, right? II. Is our purpose to reconcile?
This morning we take a look back at 2020, and remember all the good things that God has done. Far to often we focus on the troubles that life brings and forget the blessings that God has given us. We fail to give Him praise and honor for how good He is. Like the Nation of Israel in Ex. 19:1-8 we want to grumble and complain even after we have seen Him work countless miracles. We make commitments to Him and then we break them. Let us reflect on how good He truly is, how faithful He has been and give honor where it is due. If we do this our troubles will seem small and our blessings will take their rightful place.
More than anytime I can ever remember we are being overwhelmed with people trying to share their version of reality. The problem with that is with everyone yelling it becomes impossible to know if anyone is telling the truth. Truth is something that is desperate in our world, wisdom is rare and the world is seeking it, but false prophets and profiteers have a mockery of it. So, how do we combat the lack of wisdom in our world, listen to today's podcast to hear what God's word has to say.
There have been many things recently to be discouraged about, and Satan would like to use each of these to his advantage. That is why we need to be reminded that we are more than conquerors through the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. As Romans 8:31-37 tells us if we are a believer in Jesus Christ we have a much to be hopeful about no matter our current conditions. Stand strong, be faithful and keep sharing the hope of Jesus with those you know.
We all go through them; dark, difficult and dreary days, but what this past year has had in common is that we have went through them together. No one could have predicted what was headed for us, well, except for God. He was not surprised, nor did one moment fail to lack His sufficient grace. I was reminded of that this week as God spoke to my heart about Jeremiah 17, and where we put our trust and where our blessings comes from. If in this new season you want to survive those seasons of drought, then there is a way.