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In John 19:30, Jesus says, "It is Finished." All of us struggle with this longing to find approval from our parents, our boss, our kids, our friends, etc. We often work so hard to gain this approval and once we have it, we find its almost impossible to keep. What does this mean about gaining and keeping a holy God's approval? Listen and hear why that one phrase "It is Finished" is so important for us.
What is the reality of your fight against sin in your life? Are you as put-together as you let people believe? I didn't think so. None of us are. We need to be honest and admit that our whole lives are basically playing "catch-up" when it comes to being the people that we would like to be.
This week we looked at God's Father heart for us and learned that and His home is a place of acceptance, love, and belonging.
[Recording Note: The opening illustrations got cut off of this recording.] For God’s people, division is a bad thing. In Romans 15, we find that unity produces far better results. First, unity in the church is good for God's people. It produce peace and joy in our relationships with one another, provides the best environment for spiritual growth, and inspires hope. Those are good things! But the best thing about unity in the local church is that it glorifies God. That is the big picture we must never lose sight of. For, unified worship is one of the primary purposes of the Church. Unified worship is the ultimate end of Christ’s work on the Cross. Thus, when unified worship is realized, God is glorified. So, let's praise the Lord together by sacrificing for one another's good, accepting one another as family, and praising God together in song, service, and Christian love.
Matthew proves that at some point we must see ourselves as a gift from God.
“If Jesus would appear at your dinner table tonight with knowledge of everything you are and are not, total comprehension of your life story and every skeleton hidden in you closet; if he laid out the real state of your present discipleship with the hidden agenda, the mixed motives, and the dark desires buried in your psyche, you would feel his acceptance and forgiveness.”
Jesus' response to Peter's betrayal is the definitive illustration of how God ultimately responds to our sinfulness.
Why do we draw circles of separation around our lives to keep others out? Listen in as Pastor Phil shares a powerful message on breaking down the barriers of prejudice to love others as Jesus did.