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How are we going to live in this new year? It should not be just an over-arching "resolution" or theme- but an actual search and application of Jesus Christ in our daily living. And in doing so, as long as we keep our expectations planted in the Power of God, trusting that He is planning great things for our lives- then we can walk boldly and live in confidence!!!! And rest in the fact that He has never failed in His Faithfulness!!!
In this Advent season of "Expectant Waiting" we can often find ourselves anxious and lacking patience. The Gospel from Matthew presents John the Baptist in that same light--expecting Christ to be the Messiah in a "particular" way. This sermon uses scripture from the lectionary readings for the day from Isaiah 35:1-10 and James 5:7-10 to help point us to a message of patience and hope.
What good is believing in God if our believing doesn’t fix things? There is a different question that puts that one in perspective. Given that life doesn’t meet our expectations and bad things happen, would you rather go through it with God or without him? Given that bad things are going to happen, would you rather have God in your life, Jesus beside you when it happens, or go it alone? Many people choose go it alone.
Life is filled with various demands and expectations. Some of these expectations are good and unfortunately some of them are bad. The Christian life is not expectation free. Being a follower of Christ brings a new set of expectations and responsibilities. The good news of the Christian life is that it is not our efforts that fulfill these expectations. The are the byproducts the fruits or the process of abiding in Christ. They are not what we do but what Christ does in us and thru us.
We all know the disappointment of unmet expectations. What do we do when even God doesn't meet our expectations?
"You just need to believe more..." Have you ever told yourself those words? Listen to this Mill City training podcast where JD has a conversation with John Nielsen about the danger of succumbing to the spiritual weight of expectations. They touch on burnout, shame cycles, spiritual disciplines, finding peace, practicing God's presence, and growing up evangelical.
What then are the markers of a Kingdom follower, what we call a disciple, one who follows Jesus? Mark records two parables back-to-back that give us a clear picture of what we can expect life to look like for such followers. There are stages of growth that we ought to be able to see in ourselves, and frankly, in one another.
A study in a book of the bible that helps us answer life's most profound questions.
If it's true that we get what we expect, it's worth noticing our expectations. To help put things in perspective, we explored what Paul expected to see in the lives of Thessalonian Christians. Some of he expected may just surprise us because he expects to see this in our lives as well.