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Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9 In Luke 13, Jesus addresses a perception in those days, that someone that dies in a sudden and perhaps horrible way, that they may have been a worse sinner than everyone else. That perhaps they, for some reason, were being punished for their sins. Rather, Jesus said that we should not be self righteous, that we are sinners and equally so in God's eyes. That is why we all need to regularly seek repentance from God. We need to live as if Jesus could return at any moment. Finally, like the fig tree in the vineyard, Jesus is giving us one more chance to repent before we face judgement.
Three of the initial building blocks of the Kingdom of God are repentance, forgivenss and baptism.
We look around us today and experience frustration because people are so radically against God. They ridicule Him, reject Him, make jokes about Him and these things should cause Christians to be broken hearted. We are commissioned by God to share the Gospel in this world. It is not as difficult today as it will be in the end times. When people reject our message, they do not reject us, but rather reject God. If the death of nearly half the world’s population does not convince sinful mankind to repent, our mere words will not do it either. But through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, and our obedience to His leading, we can see people repent and be saved. Don’t be discouraged. God truly is in control.
Scripture says that God is looking for worshippers. But to be a true worshipper, we must first understand the principles, practices, and attitudes that God values in His worshippers. This teaching provides a foundational understanding of true worship.
Every disciple is a story of grace exploding in a sin-wrecked heart. Peter is a classic example of a disciple whose sin is revealed the closer he gets to Jesus. From this first encounter, to arguing with Jesus about the cross, to denying Jesus on the night of his betrayal, Peter is a shining example of discipleship failure. And yet, Jesus loves him, forgives him, restores him, and uses him. Grace humbles, and grace exalts, and always in that order.
One of the most overlooked aspects of the story of Jonah is the salvation of the sailors. Join us as we examine their journey to faith. For in the sailors, we see a picture of ourselves.
God doesn't start things where we would expect. Sometimes our doubts can simply be unrealized expectations.
We face a variety of choices every day. It has been said a person's life is the sum total of the choices he has made. In other words, the choices you have made have led you to where you are in life today. Each year, around this time, followers of Jesus have a choice to make. Lent is here. No, not the stuff in your pocket, but a portion of The Church calendar designed to prepare us for Resurrection Sunday. In light of that, you have a choice. Will you take Lent seriously, or not? Yet to make that choice perhaps some more information will be helpful.
The story of Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus is a wonderful story in its own right. However, when you move beyond our familiarity with this story and look more closely at what transpires in the text, we find three life-changing lessons from the story's three main characters. From Zacchaeus, we learn to respond to Jesus' gospel call. From the crowd, we learn to not get in the way of people who are looking for Jesus. From Jesus Himself, we learn to start seeking the lost.
John the Baptizer prepares the way for Jesus by calling good religious people to repent of their sin and be baptized in anticipation of the coming of God into history. John's call for repentance and water baptism opens our hearts to receive the inner cleansing and true forgiveness that only Jesus can give. Listen as John introduces Jesus and the theme of our series - Fierce Love.