God wants us to grow in our knowledge and insight of who He is. That knowledge is always meant to be transferred to application in our everyday life. One such application is speaking the message of Jesus into people’s lives.
Scripture: Acts 26:1-32
Everyone understands the tongue as an instrument of the body that was created to communicate with other people. Everyone also understands the power that the tongue has. Since Jesus, through the gospel, has changed our very nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) we now have the ability to use the tongue as an instrument to refresh, affirm and bless others rather than use it to discourage and condemn others.
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Communities centered on the gospel are God’s plan A to help people discover identity and worth. These types of communities bring hope to a lonely and isolated society. I am not arguing that the local church is the hope of the world as many would. Jesus is the hope of the world and in His sovereign plan; God has always had a people who represent Him and the good news He brings to a wandering world. Isolation and loneliness are contested through the promise Jesus brings in salvation and through the sanctification that is pursued in and through authentic community. Gospel communities help foster relationship with Jesus and are therefore vital to continual growth and maturity into the new worth, identity and mission that comes through Jesus alone. Gospel communities alone do not bring about identity and worth but they display the one who does.
Scripture: Romans 12:9
Moses tells the nation of Israel that they are to fear the Lord, which means that they are to be controlled by a healthy respect for God and a love for Him. Parenting is teaching our kids to listen to God because it’s in Him we find purpose and life. Listen to the following sermon for truths concerning our role as parents.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-15
In Ephesians 4 Paul is laying out the Christian manual if you will, on how to live our lives as followers of Jesus which necessarily means we’ll find ourselves involved and rooted in a local church.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:24-25; 2 Peter 1:5-10
Finishing strong is a truth that the Scripture teach us concerning our Christian life. God who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete and yet the Scripture also tells us that we are to work out our salvation; we’re called to continually repent of sin and look to Jesus in all that we do. King Manasseh is a great example that it’s never too late to finish strong with God, which entails a broken heart over one’s sin and a posture of faith unto God.
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 33; 2 Kings 21
We’re called to love Jesus with all of our heart, soul and mind. This is a love that recognizes and chooses to follow something which is righteous, noble, and true regardless of what your feelings in the matter may be.
To love Jesus with our heart, soul and mind is to embrace Him in our deepest convictions and commitments; to love Him supremely more than anything/anyone else; to fix our affections on Him and be willing to give up everything we hold dear at His command.
Think of the great commandment and Jesus — was there ever a portion of Jesus’ heart, soul, mind and strength that was not completely yielded to the Father? Did He ever hold back His love for the Father? Were his deepest convictions/commitments ever not God-oriented? Did he ever love/treasure anything else more supremely than doing the will of the Father? Was there anything that the Father revealed to Jesus that Jesus just said, “Nah, not a big deal…gonna ignore that!”
Every second of Jesus’ life He kept this commandment. Let’s look to him for power to live the life that God calls us to live.
Scripture: Matthew 22:33-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-37