Although Paul unashamedly asserts his authority, he is still humbly a part of the family. We want to encourage that kind of spirit among us as a church.
We are tempted to believe that the gospel is simply something we believe—we go through the motions and we have low expectations of an encounter with the living Lord. This is one of the reasons Paul begins the book of Galatians in such forthright terms.
These days Christians in America go around looking defeated like things are bad and going to get worse. No, we are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world!
There is nothing distinctly religious about worship. We are all worshippers. Worship is what humans do when they enjoy something and think it's worthy. We are called to worship God and by his Spirit see him as amazing.
He does not tell these hard-working Colossians to initiate opportunities, he tells them to respond to opportunities. We need to be ready to share when God prompts us.
Is believing in Jesus like wearing vision-enhancing glasses that improve your view of life? Or is believing in Jesus finally seeing clearly with 20/20 vision?
We are all involved in this great task of proclaiming the gospel and getting God's Word out to call us to center our lives upon God.
The reason why we as a church are committed to the exposition of Scripture is because we believe that the Bible is living and active. And the preacher's job is to get out of the way and let Jesus speak through his Word.
Many people have tried to define joy. Happiness is short-lived, joy is long-lasting. More than elevated feelings, joy is a mode of being. Joy is the sense that we are aligned with the ultimate purpose of life.
If you want fellowship, you have to have doctrine. If you want intimacy, you have to have truth. If you want healthy relationships, you have to have healthy biblical teaching.
In this message we're looking at how to glorify God. Studying the end of John's gospel is a powerful way to end the year.
The saying "your best life now" is half right. "Your best life then" is more like it. In this message we study the most radical beatitude—blessed are the meek. The idea that the meek will inherit the earth is astonishing.
We need to be people who are proponents of fairness and justice. When it comes to our relationship with God, however, what we really need is mercy. What would a culture of mercy look like in our country?
Atonement is made at the point of confession. When we sin, grace abounds. Where we fail, mercy thrives. When we are broken, healing comes. God's grace and mercy comes to the point of our real need and brings healing.
We need to recapture the idea of the power and authority of Jesus' Word in church life. That is what will feed people; that is what will grow people. And the lack of it is why we have nominal Christianity—people aren't being fed.