More Christians were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in any other century. Surprising isn’t it.
We are engaged in a great spiritual contest for the glory of the Lord in the world, and we must not let individual achievements or fame overshadow what can only be done when we are united for the faith of the gospel.
Have you ever been in situations where you felt out of place, you felt like you didn’t belong, and were uncomfortable? You will never feel that when you are with Christ. You will be in the place where you belong, the place you were made for – the presence of God.
When people ask you what you live for, how do you answer? How do you fill in the blank, “For me, to live is _________ what?”
Intro words: Paul said, “for to me, to live is Christ,” but what do we say? For us, to live is ________, what? Listen today and find out how many people answer this question.
“This is what I live for,” says Paul, “this is my core value, my conviction.” What was Paul referring to? Listen today and you’ll find out!
Don’t try to build your reputation and have others consider how awesome you are. It is the Father in heaven we want people to connect with – not ourselves.
It’s easy to make excuses and not share the Gospel. It’s easy to let fear control us, keep our mouths shut and not mention the blessed name of Jesus to others.
What’s limiting you? What terrible circumstances are you in? I do not want to minimize your difficulty, but listen today and see how Paul worked through his terrible circumstances for the glory of God.
This is why you and I were created. We do not exist for ourselves. We do not exist for our pleasure. We exist for the pleasure of God.
Are you experiencing conflict in your life? Perhaps with your spouse or children. Maybe it is with other church members or someone at work. How do you want them to be toward you? How do you want them to act? What kind of attitude do you want them to have? Whatever it is, you must model it.
What would I ask for, if God came to me in a vision and said, ‘Jonathan, ask whatever you want, and I will give it to you.’” What would you ask for?
Mystery and intrigue have surrounded the maiden from Magdala. Many have believed her to be . . .Jesus’s wife . . . and . . . or . . .The chief of the apostles . . . and . . . or . . .An unfortunate victim of a male power play in early Church politics . . . and . . .orA converted prostitute.
I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.