Advance in the Christian life comes not by the work of the Holy Spirit alone, nor by our work alone, but by our responding to and cooperating with the grace the Holy Spirit initiates and sustains- Donald Whitney
Here is incontrovertible evidence that the New Testament envisages ministry not as the prerogative of a clerical élite but as the privileged calling of all the people of God. Thank God that in our generation this biblical vision of an ‘every-member ministry’ is taking a firm hold in the church. - John Stott
United in him, we share the same testimony: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. These are the terms that characterize the testimony of all who are truly Christ’s. We testify that Jesus is Lord; we testify that faith in his work on our behalf is our only means of salvation; and, by our baptism, we testify that we are cleansed of sin and united to him by his grace alone. – Bryan Chapell
Do you know the difference between God's empowering grace and Satan's immobilizing guilt? Its's the difference between life and death.
God’s grace does not come to people who morally out perform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a savior.” – Tim Keller
In a classic "only once-in-awhile" sermon, Greg presents a unique view of what happens when the believer dies. His position is an example of something Christians have the freedom to intramurally debate. The facts are unchanged- when a believer dies he is in the presence of Jesus instantaneously! Have fun thinking through this unusual message!
The final message of the series- Revelation showcases the cosmic, majestic, all-powerful and all loving Savior. Jesus is our future!
Moses could mediate the law; Mohammed could brandish a sword; Buddha could give personal counsel; Confucius could offer wise sayings but none of these men was qualified to offer atonement for the sins of the world. Christ alone is worthy of unlimited devotion and service. He alone is able to redeem. He alone is worthy of worship. – R.C. Sproul
The portrait of Jesus that emerges from the rich letter to the Hebrews is one of priest. A priest stands in the gap between sinful man and Holy God. And unlike every earthly priest who came before, Jesus does what none of them could do!
His was a life of continual bodily, mental, and spiritual labour; his whole man was exercised. But now he rests; there is no more toil for him now; here is no more sweat of blood, no more the weary foot, no more the aching head. No more has he to do. He sits still,and the very fact that he sits still, and rests, and is at ease, proves that his work is finished and is complete. – Charles Spurgeon
Jesus emerges as the morally transformative teacher in the book of James. The once unbelieving half-brother of Jesus (see John 7:5), James came to see that Jesus was the supreme teacher, the only one who can show us how to live a transformed life.
He never entered a classroom as we know a classroom. He never had a degree as we understand an educational degree, yet all the world was his classroom. No degreed teacher did anything greater than what Jesus Christ did. He was truly and absolutely the Master Teacher and the greatest teacher of all time. – Ray Pritchard
There are constant references in 1 and 2 Thessalonians to the return of Christ- history's most amazing event. But what makes the event amazing- as always- is that Jesus is at the center of it. He is our hope in this life and the next!
The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. – Alexander Maclaren
Two famous passage in Philippians show us what a treasure Jesus was to the apostle Paul. May he be such a treasure to us!
Oh, to think of heaven without Christ! It is the same thing as thinking of hell. Heaven without Christ! It is day without the sun, existing without life, feasting without food, seeing without light. It involves a contradiction in terms. Heaven without Christ! Absurd. It is the sea without water, the earth without its fields, the heavens without their stars. There cannot be a heaven without Christ. He is the sum total of bliss, the fountain from which heaven flows, the element of which heaven is composed. Christ is heaven and heaven is Christ.– Charles Spurgeon
* Note about audio recording * We had a technical issue with our usual recording equipment did not capture the direct recording of the sermon. We should be back to normal next week!
Drawing on Christ's headship of and love for his church (Ephesians, Colossians, 1-2 Timothy and Titus) we consider the wonderfully comforting portrait of Jesus as our Shepherd.
Our Good Shepherd has become the model for under-shepherds. His great concern is the good of the sheep. A good shepherd gives himself to the sheep. A thief comes to get something form the flock – wool or mutton. Jesus our Lord made every personal claim subservient to the blessing of his flock; even to giving His life that they might live. – Walter Chantry
Galatians is the battlecry of the freedom concerning the good news of God's Son. Because Jesus has lived the perfect life we could not live and because Jesus died the death that we should have died, he has met all the demands of God's perfect law. So what are we doing making up ridiculous rules about what "good Christians" should and shouldn't do? Jesus died to free us from such things- we are right with God and are FREE to live boldly before God, pleasing him out of our renewed hearts- not according to some person's code of conduct.
The church at Corinth was a total disaster- a complete mess. And Paul loved them. Why? Because he knew they were more than the sum of their abhorrent behavior and life choices. Jesus was in the midst of them. He was their very life.
Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God being present in the mess of our unfixedness. – Mike Yaconelli
Some have called the book of Romans "The Christian's Constitution." It may be the most important book in the New Testament for understanding just exactly how sinful people can stand in a right relationship with a Holy God. We can't earn the perfect righteousness God requires. But- praise God- we can receive it as a gift!
Luke offers a wonderfully unique take on who Jesus is- the Savior who has come to earth to rescue sinners from themselves! He comes not to be found by the righteous. Instead he comes to seek the unrighteous and bring them into a relationship with God.
The Gospel of Mark presents Jesus in a counterintuitive way. He is a King (Matthew), but he did not come to wield his authority in the way most kings do. He came not to be served but TO SERVE!
The first message in a new series- "Just Jesus- Rediscovering The Beauty of Christ." Each week we will see what one New Testament book says about Jesus. Matthew goes to great lengths to show us that Jesus is our long-awaited king- the ruler we have been waiting for- whether we knew it or not.