God’s Heart for the Nations

The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell a single story from Genesis to Revelation. You can follow that story through four acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. In Isaiah 49 you see through the eyes of one of God’s Old Testament Prophets that God’s heart for the nations beats throughout those four acts, is centered on the sending of the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus and is not separate from what God has called us to be and do through the Great Commission.

Scripture: Isaiah 49

Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations

We all know what it means to feel compassion – we feel it for our children or grandchildren when they’re hurting or in need. But how do we express compassion for the people around us who need Jesus? Sharing the good news of Jesus is the most compassionate thing we can do. But how?

Start where you are – at home, at work, with a neighbor or friend.
Use what you have – you have multiple conversations everyday.
Do what you can – we all have relationships and conversations – share what you can, when you can.

Scripture: Mark 6:34-44

Run That Race!

Paul had left behind the pursuit of attempting to earn God’s favor and now is resting in Jesus’ work, not on his own morality or good words. He’s now a recipient of the promises of God. The gift of the forgiveness of sin and a right standing with God made him anything but complacent. It wasn’t a sedative but a stimulant in his life. God had done a good work in Paul’s life (1:6) and Paul was impassioned to pursue Jesus all the more.

The question is… are you?

Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16

 

Christ-Centered Obedience

Our day to day lives, our thoughts, our attitudes, our words and actions ought to be directed and fueled by the future reality of our victory in Christ when he returns! We move through days or seasons of our lives when it’s hard, we suffer and hurt. That’s when it’s especially needful for us to “set our hope fully on the grace that will be revealed when Jesus comes” and not to revert back to our former way of living before we knew Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-16

 

Invisible to Visible

There are two types of people – those who ask “What do I get?” and those who ask “What do I get to do?” Jesus makes the invisible in our heart visible to us, including our love for His provisions over His mission. Following Jesus leads us to the upper room where His mission supersedes preferences and provisions.

Scripture: John 11:45-57

Responding Biblically to the Events That Took Place in MN, LA and TX

The most important name this Sunday is Jesus. Jesus knows about suffering (1 Pet 3:18, Heb 2:9). Jesus knows about justice (John 5:30, Matt 12:18–21). Jesus knows about racial tension (John 4, Luke 10:30–37, cf. Gal 2:11–14). Jesus knows about being wrongfully treated (1 Pet 2:21–24). Jesus knows about surprise tragedy and perishing souls (Luke 13:1–5). Jesus knows our weaknesses and he knows how to sympathize with us (Heb 4:15). Jesus knows how to show mercy to criminals and he knows the penalty for sin, for he has suffered it for us (Rom 5:6–8). Jesus knows about living in a wicked world (John 1:9–11, John 3:19) and he knows about dying at the hands of wicked men (Acts 2:23).

Scripture: Romans 12:9-21