Today's text clearly tells who we are as Christians. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for God's own possession. The focus of the text, however, is not on Christian's privilege as such. The focus comes on the second half of the text and this is about our mission as Christians: "that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Do you correctly understand what it means to be holy? Jesse Bradley brings clarity to this often misunderstood call on our lives in this sermon.
You cannot control your circumstances, but you choose your song. How are you responding to the challenges that you are facing? What difference does faith make? How can you have a spirit of victory when the situation is not what you want? Make your prayers louder than your pain. Let your loneliness drive you to God. Trust that the fire is refining your faith. Embrace the mystery that leads to gratitude.
The love and truth of Jesus our indivisible and bring freedom from sin. Real followers of Jesus do not edit the words of Jesus. Without truth, relationships are shallow, addictions are common, and faith wanders. Jesus is the truth. How do you know what is true in our culture today? How does truth change your life and your direction? How does love confront lies and lead people to truth?
Jesus is faithful even in the hard times. We see this graphically evidenced in his promise that all nations will hear the good news before He returns. His Church is being built globally now. Because He is faithful to His promises, we want to be faithful to Him in what He has asked us to do.
Jesus’ persistent love goes beyond feelings, temptations, and preferences. It is an unselfish investment and leads to redemption. You can have an abundant life because Jesus was completely faithful on his mission. Why and when does God want us to be persistent? How do you persevere in prayer? How do you overcome the temptation to give up?
Jesus empowers you to both endure and rise above your challenges. Seeking God leads to a growing confidence in God. The goodness of the Lord is the only real reason we have both a daily and a long-term confidence. How does confidence in God help you during the week? What is the difference between confidence in yourself and confidence in God? What are some of the victories of Jesus that inspire you?
In what ways is Jesus generous? How does this help you over come being stingy? What would it look like for you to radically give to people because you love them so much? Giving in the Bible is proportional, sacrificial, joyful, and faithful. When you realize that everything you have actually belongs to God and is from God, you will be freed up to be an instrument of generosity and provision in your relationships. Generosity is a form of worship that honors God.
What is humility? How humble are you? What difference does it make to follow and trust Jesus? Jesus leads His followers on a path of deep and consistent humility. Your humility will always stand out in a world of strife. Your humility is the fruit of learning how to embrace the strength of the Lord. Your humility leads people to Jesus and His peace.
As we live in an unprecedented time, and in the middle of the Christmas season, it is important that we show the kindness of Jesus in practical ways. When we first experience the kindness of Jesus in our life, we can live it out to those around us. In our family, neighborhood, and community giving and receiving kindness from one another is something we all need to participate in each day.
Why are people in our culture so isolated and lonely? Why is prayer rare? Why are so many people living in despair? There is a better way to live with a greater love, unity, and collaboration. We need to break some cultural patterns. Relationships are a risk, and we need to take more risks.
Contrary to popular belief in some Christian circles, life can be pretty harsh to us. This sermon will attempt to give us tools to manage life when it is not working the way we think it should and is even downright harmful.
How many people compromise their integrity on a path towards apparent success and satisfaction? Have you identified the negative influences that exist in your personal world? How can you overcoming a culture that is often heading in the wrong direction? Staying grounded in God’s love and truth is a daily decision. The health of the root determines the abundance of the fruit. Spiritual growth happens when we walked down the road of integrity.
What is undermining or distracting you? What is a healthy limit you can set? What protects love and spreads the gospel? There are times when boundaries are helpful and necessary. Love with discernment. Caring for people does not mean enabling people. Invest your resources and support in causes that change lives.
What are some words you would use to describe the environment at your home? What changes do you desire under your own roof? How can homes be places where there is spiritual life and vibrancy? Your home has incredible potential for healthy relationships and building new friendships. It is probably the most important and intimate place where you spend time during the week. You can be intentional to take positive steps to make it place were you deeply connect with God and other people.