Living in Babylon

The story of Daniel's life is the story of how to survive and thrive in a hostile spiritual environment. Daniel and his three friends developed daily habits and attitudes that prepared them for intense challenges. Daniel relied on the sovereignty of God. He resolved not to defile himself and acted with humility, prudence, and discretion. Finally,…read more

The Lord's Supper

Why does our celebration of the Lord's Supper matter? Jesus commanded us to celebrate communion. We should share Christ's fervent desire to participate because it represents Christ's death that brings us forgiveness and salvation. It's a memorial meal that looks back at Jesus, and a family meal that reminds us to look around at those with whom we share unity in Christ. Communion is a victorious meal where we look forward to Christ's return in glory, and it is a time to give thanks and worship.

Baptism

Why is baptism important? Baptism is a command of Jesus, an essential part of His great commission to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-10 (above). It is also a visible picture of our faith in the triune God (Matthew 28:19), of our salvation experience (Romans 6:3-4), and of our desire to live faithfully for Christ. Finally, baptism is an act of worship (Acts 8:36-39).

The Many are One

Love binds us together as believers and is a witness to the watching world. Paul reminds us that during the Communion, we mutually participate in the cross. We identify with Christ and proclaim that He died in our place to give us His righteousness. Unity must be guarded by excluding ungodly affiliations and divisions.

Christ Glorified Now

Journey into the Night

In John 13:18-30, Jesus announces in the upper room that on of the disciples will betray him. Jesus is fully aware of the spiritual condition of Judas. Judas did not lose his salvation – he never possessed grace (John 13:10). Jesus extends the morsel of food to Judas in a final gesture of love and opportunity of grace, but Judas rejects Christ and heads out of the room, into the darkness forever. It is possible to know a lot about Jesus and still be outside of His grace. Jesus is the Light of the World, come to Him in faith today.

Marks of a Disciple

What are the marks of a true disciple according to Jesus? Disciples abide in God's Word. Their lives are saturated in the scriptures, and this leads to true spiritual freedom. Disciples love one another, following Christ's example as their standard. Disciples bear fruit to the glory of the Father. Fruit includes our witness, worship, and character, all increasing in holiness and honoring God before a watching world.

An Enacted Parable

Just hours before His arrest, Jesus performed the lowly task of washing the feet of the disciples. Christ calls us to follow his example – to be be willing servants of others. Jesus also explained to Peter that if a person has bathed, he only needs his feet washed daily. In the same way when we believe in Christ, our sins are forgiven once for all, but because we still sin we need daily cleansing to remain in close fellowship with the Lord.

Jesus the Humble Servant

On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus took on the lowly task of washing the disciples' feet. Jesus "showed the full extent of His love," not only by washing their feet, but by dying for the sins of all. Although He possessed sovereign authority as Emmanuel, God with us -- He stooped to serve. May we make the specific choice to cultivate humility (1Peter 5:5).

Free from the Fear of Death

Without hope in Christ, the fear and denial of death are very real. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us that the Gospel frees us from the fear of death. When the disciples and over 500 others saw the resurrection of Jesus, they believed that He was the Messiah. When we believe the truth of the Gospel, we experience salvation. We also can agree with the writer, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 (ESV)

Why Jesus was Raised

The resurrection is evidence that God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as explained in 1 Corinthians 15:17. If Christ did not rise, our faith is worthless and we are still in a state of unforgiveness, answerable to the holy God for our sin. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)" This hope is freely available to all who believe. Let us worship the risen Jesus!

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