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Sermon on Psalm 139:13-16 by Pastor Dan Hendley.
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriages, we are discussing the topic of homosexuality. The views expressed here represent those of the Elder Board of the Beacon Church. We welcome your comments! Thanks for listening!
THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: and His Inexpressible Joy (Message #2/3 * 1 Peter 1:8-9) 02-15-2015
1. Why do we have Inexpressible Joy? ● we know & love Jesus: having first been loved & forgiven by God (1Pe 1:8) ● we have Christ-centered identity & acceptance: which gives us confidence & assurance (Gal 3:28f; Eph 2:13) ● we have purpose in life & in suffering: amidst God’s comfort & healing (1Pe 2:9ff; 1Pe 5:1ff; Jm 1:2ff; 2Co 1:3ff) ● we are promised an imperishable inheritance: & God glorifies Himself thru us while we wait, watch, & work (1Pe 1:4; Col 1:16) 2. How do we live with Inexpressible Joy? ● by Faith: standing firm in God’s grace thru Christ (1Pe 5:12; 1:13) ● as a Holy Lifestyle: sojourners abiding in Christ (1Pe 1:14ff; 2:11f; Jn 15:1ff) ● by Choice: rejoicing in the Lord (1Pe 1:6; Php 4:4ff)
Pastor Sam shares how a leader named "Jeff" showed him grace. He didn’t have to hear a great message, or read the Bible, or have an incredible experience with God in order to experience His grace. Jeff showed it to him by buying him lunch.
To souls hungry for acceptance and the love of others, this truth comes as healing: In Jesus, God is pleased with us. He accepts us and enjoys us, freeing us to lives of grace and acceptance to one another.
What are your motives for coming to Jesus? When it comes to Jesus, we tend to want only parts of him, like a Jesus buffet. We want his works but not his Word. And, when we style our own Jesus, we end up actually rejecting him.
COME AS YOU ARE - PT. 2 1) You can do NOTHING to be accepted. 2) Jesus's actions give me the opportunity to be accepted. 3) My acceptance determines my behavior. 4) Even when I fail, by the Spirit I am FOREVER put of God's family.
You've heard the saying, I'm not religious; I'm spiritual. Maybe you even think that about yourself. What's good and not so good about this saying? WE also are tempted have our lists of acceptance and worth. We try to be good, we think. We like it when others are good to us. But how does all this work when if comes to living a blessed life, and living a life in the presence of God? We are tempted to 'law,' Galatians 3 leads us to faith. We explore what this means in our study on Galatians 3.