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The Gospel is the most important thing and vital for everything. This, alone, is what the church believes.
I want to talk about what God has taught me about thanksgiving. The Bible says that we are to be thankful with everything, in everything and for everything.
Every one of us feels called to live greater lives than we are currently living. We long for more purpose and joy, and set out to attain it. But the truth is that however great a life we are trying to live, God has a greater life for us. In this series we look at two common biblical passages and see how our truest meaning, most joy and greatest life are found in them. In this sermon we look at God's call to love Him with our whole being, at all times, everywhere we go. And that in that pursuit we find our greatest joy and life.
Three ways to bring God the glory; living with sensitivity and grace, putting others ahead of us and keeping the mission of rescuing people from Hell central in our lives.
It is popular these days to for churches to have a vision statement like, 'transforming our city', 'making disciples', 'renewing our city' or just being a church that is 'for the city'. But what does that mean and how is that accomplished? And are there certain places and people groups who are more or less resistant to the gospel and God's people? As Christians we have the best message in the world, that God is real, He cares for us in our brokenness and He sent His Son Jesus to bring us peace and make us whole. So what's it take to bring that message to others that they might trust in Jesus and be saved? What does it take to bring that message to people who might distrust us? I think it takes Christians who have been captured by the gospel of Jesus, who live lives like they believe the story of Jesus is true, both declaring and demonstrating the gospel in their lives. It takes a people willing to pay the cost so that others might find hope and reconciliation. In this sermon we look at this issue and flesh out what it might look like.
It has been said by some that suffering is a human condition. The scriptures tell us that while we suffer now, there was a time that we didn't suffer and there is a future where there will be no more suffering. In between those times, it is correct to say that suffering is part of the broken human condition. In this message we look at suffering, how many of us seek to avoid it, minimize it or medicate it, how we can find meaning it in, and how it can form and shape us as people of perseverance, endurance and hope. And we see how God joins us in our suffering through Jesus, and ultimately how he defeats suffering.
Life makes us weary. Whether it's our work, our relationships, our activity, or our lack so rest, we far too often find ourselves tired and weary. We then seek rest and renewal from broken things that offer no rest at all, leaving us just as weary. However, Jesus calls all who are weary and heavy laden to come to Him and He will give them rest. True rest is found in Christ.
The call to greatness, to great influence, to great achievements, and to having a great story is a strong draw. For some we attempt to scale to it's heights, for others, the size of the call withers us. In this message, we look at Matthew 20:20-28 where Salome, the mother of James & John, asks Jesus to let her sons sit at the right and left hand of Jesus throne. In doing so, they are seeking authority, power, position and greatness. The comforting thing to our souls is that through the cross, Jesus is Our Greatness. He scaled to great heights of obedience to the Father in His sacrifice on the cross, taking on the punishment due us. He drinks the cup we cannot drink. Because He is great, we can let him have the throne, and we can lay down our needs to control everything around. Because He is our greatness, we can trust His leadership. At the same time, we are called to greatness in God's conforming us to the image of Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Himself says that we will do greater works than He. The key is that these great things are done through His greatness, not ours. And that is actually a pretty freeing thing.