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Life of re:al January 6, 2013 Text: Philippians 3:8-16; Luke 5:8-11 Key Thought: Christ invites us into a life of real: to be honest with ourselves and each other about the genuine change He is working in us. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12b-14
Let It Be Said of Us: Set Apart 1 Corinthians 1:2-9 Refuse the false ID life. Andrew Bonaventura, Lead Pastor
Being real in this world. Not being fake with each other and being aware of those who are not what they seen
Ever been to a place where you were uncomfortable, but could not put your finger on why? I certainly have. And unfortunately, sometimes that feeling seems to be most pronounced when I am visiting churches. What is there about church that sometimes seems odd or off putting? The answer may surprise you. Many churches have come to have a strange vibe because they misunderstand what love is and how it is to be given. Lk 10:25-37; Jas 2:14-17; Mt 25:31ff; Mt 8:18-22; Mt 15:21-28; Jn 11:1ff; Mt 23; Mt 3:4-10; 1Cor 5:1-6; Gal 5:11-12; 1Cor 12:14-20
A sermon on what it means to be a faithful friend! Many marriages today have commitment but they lack friendship, passion & romance, yet friendship provides a foundation for a lasting relationship & is vital to a healthy marriage! John Gottman, who is one of the most respected sociologists on marriage “Happy marriages are based upon a deep friendship… Friendship fuels the flames of romance”
Today, there is also another type of self deception that we need to emphasize. This is specifically applicable to believers of Jesus Christ. The issue is not salvation, but the demonstration of salvation. What do I mean? Unfortunately, there are believers who assume that since they are already saved in Christ, God is no longer concern when it comes to the way they live their lives. This idea is never supported by the New Testament Scriptures. The book of James is one of those books that clarifies this misconception. Obviously, since there was a huge emphasis on salvation not by personal works but by faith, it was so easy for the early believers to take works for granted. They were not as conscious about living righteously before God, so James wrote them a very practical book which provided some guidelines on how Christians ought to live their lives in such a way that non-believers would really know that they belong to God.
As Christians we believe we have something to offer: eternal life, intimacy with God, and changed lives. But, how do we go about offering this to the world? Historically, Christians have sought to make the gospel appealing by attempting to live life on a higher moral plane. Although well intentioned, this approach has not been particularly effective and has in many ways been counterproductive. How, then, are we to live? Rom 2:17-24; Rom 14 & 15; Gal 2:11-16; Rom 14:10-13; Rom 15:7
If the good news of Christmas is so good, why does John the Baptist sound like he's cursing his congregation? Clearly the road to joy passes through repentance and redemption.