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Jesus' response to Peter's betrayal is the definitive illustration of how God ultimately responds to our sinfulness.
Elder Simon Payne preaches about Joel Part Two - Restoration
Why did Jesus come into the world? That is the question for Sunday. There are lots of answers that are quite frankly, wrong.
It's amazing how badly flawed all 11 of the remaining disciples where. Yet Jesus chooses the biggest failure of them all (apart from Judas Iscariot), Peter, to be responsible for the feeding of his church. Restoration is costly business, but when Jesus is involved, it's always worth it. This message looks at how Jesus does that with all of us and the truth that failure is never final with Him.
In the pages of Scripture, we find God's unfolding story. It began with Creation, God's world as it should be. It continues with the Fall, God's world broken by humanity's sin. The final chapter is Re-Creation, God's world restored through the risen Christ. In this sermon, we take a look at God's story in God's own words. Then, we look at how Christ's resurrection guarantees that God is bring His story to its intended close. For, God is creating a new humanity in the risen Christ. And, in the end, the risen Christ will restore the created order that was ruined by the Fall, in which God the Father will be over all. So, live in light of God's story! Realize that God is in control as He brings HIStory to its goal. Christ's resurrection guarantees it. This is good news for broken, fallen people like us. For, God does not throw us on the trash heap. Instead, He has shown Himself to be a re-creating God, not only with respect to human history, but in individual lives, as well. He can do the same in your life, too. So, trust in Him while you wait for Him.
In Psalm 51 we are reminded that God renews broken people. King David had committed shocking sins and was confronted by the prophet Nathan. After hearing God's rebuke and judgment, David was utterly broken and in his brokenness he composed this Psalm. In it we see him cry out for God's mercy and depend on him to bring about restoration in his life so that he would once again live for the glory of God.
Many consider hope a distinctly Christian virtue. Unlike the myth of progress or mania of pessimism, which our rampant in our anxious age, Christian hope anchors the soul and elevates the body. The reason is simple: Christian hope is rooted in Jesus' resurrection, which guarantees His return and restoration of all things. Hope brings heaven into the here/now. The sermon closes with several suggestions on how to live heaven as we wait.
Fasting is an act of true faith in God. There is more to fasting than self-denial. Fasting and praying is not about you. God uses fasting to show the people what faith in him can do.