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As the body of Christ, we must help others get through spiritual, emotional and physical challenges. There is no better place than the local church and no better way than spending time in God's word.
Jesus taught that his kingdom was like the dawning of the sun. It dawned in his first coming and is already here. It is rising in power until it is fully consummated in his second coming. Luke 17:20-18:17 teach us how to persevere in between the times. We should pray and receive the kingdom with humility. Our simple prayer should be: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
We return to the Gospel of John today. Although today is Easter and before us this morning is a very “Easter” text, the message this morning is part of a series of messages that have occupied our attention for several weeks. We began this year considering the 7 miracles of Jesus as told by John. Now, we are considering the 7 “I Am” statements of John. Seven times, John records Jesus proclaiming Himself with the introductory formula “I am.” We have considered the statement “I am the bread of life.” We said that just as bread sustains our lives physically, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the One that sustains us spiritually and eternally. We have considered the statement, “I am the light of the world.” This statement gives us a radical claim (I am the light of the world) which calls us to a radical discipleship (anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness) which guarantees for us a radical promise (but will have the light of life). Then, there were the statements, “I am the door” and “I am the Good Shepherd” that point to Jesus being the only way to salvation. We are learning that these “I am” statements change who we are. The same is true today.
Ever been discouraged as a Christian? Some Christians encounter very little conflict in this life because they live incognito lives. They don't speak up or take a stand ... or live any differently than those around them ... so their friends have really no idea or at least would be shocked to hear that a holy God had called them, converted them and commissioned to do anything. But for those who are not ashamed of the gospel; for those who take bold stands with grace and compassion; for those who lovingly earn the right to be heard when the opportunity presents itself ... today's text will be helpful.
When we face major problems in our lives we often go through times of waiting, uncertain of what's going to happen next. Waiting can be more difficult than the problem itself and can lead to anxiety, fear, doubt, unwise choices and emotional breakdown. It's during these times that we need something rock solid to stand on so we can endure times of waiting without breaking. Psalm 33 teaches us that the key to this endurance is worshipping the Lord and remembering his goodness, justice, power, sovereignty, and knowledge. (sorry for the poor audio quality)
Excellent message by Troy Dean, Campus Pastor at Northwest Christian University, Eugene, Oregon.