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In His mercy, God redeedmed His people out of sin and into new life. The Christian's appropriate response is to recognize that which is true, namely, that you belong to God as an act of volition on the basis of God's merciful works of Creation and redemption. This entails an ongoing commitment to serve Him. How does this play out in real life. First, don't be conformed by this world. Second, be transformed by the Holy Spirit. Third, change the way you think by listening to God's truth while rejecting the world's lies.
Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for changing people from useless sinners into useful saints. A radical life-change that occurs from fellowship with Christ is something that happens to all Christians. Nobody who meets Jesus remains the person they were before. In the case of the men listed in these verses, they were transformed into servants of Christ who ministered on behalf of the church in various ways. While much of what is written about them could be said of any Christian, the comments are particularly true for those who serve the church in official ways, such as deacons. In this closing section, we learn that Christian servants are beloved and faithful encouragers, they are men of second chances, they are men of reconciliation, and they are hardworking strugglers. However, one of the names given serves as a sober warning that we do not fall away. The letter then closes with a final charge for all of us.
After hearing God speak through Creation and Scripture, David responded by seeking God's forgiveness from hidden faults, protection from willful sins, and help to speak and think rightly so that, with God's help, he might be acceptable and pleasing to God. David had confidence in God's response to his prayer because the Lord had made provision for the very things David was seeking. On this side of the Cross, we have even greater confidence, having been blessed with the knowledge that God has made provision for forgiveness through His Son, Jesus, and provision for the help we need to live a godly life by His indwelling Spirit. God is speaking to YOU; are you listening? Like David, ask and receive forgivenss for your sins. Ask and receive the help you need to live a holy life.
What does salvation look like in the life of a believer? Is salvation just a past event, and how does it affect the current life of a Christian? In this sermon, we will seek to understand how Paul calls every believer to follow Christ on a continued, daily basis.
In Scripture, God reveals His will, plans, and provisions for humanity. Through Scripture, God transforms people's lives. So, value Scripture above all other authorities. Heed its warnings. Delight in its benefits.
Our society is built around the pursuit of the "sweet spot". Every advertisement is an attempt to make you perfectly beautiful, perfectly athletic, and perfectly in control of your life (or to distract you from the reality of your situation!). However, it is not the healthy who need the physician, but the sick. Genesis 32 asks us to remember that we are all of us sick and in need of a Good King who will give us a new name.
In Jesus' High Priestly Prayer (Jn 17), Jesus prays for His eleven disciples in verses 6-19. In part 1, we looked at the "Subjects of His Prayer" (6-10) and the "Motivation of His Prayer." (11a). Now we'll look at the "Petitions of His Pray." Jesus prays to the Holy Father for two specific requests on behalf of His disciples: "Father Keep them" and "Father Sanctify them." Although Jesus is praying primary for His eleven disciples, these requests are made on the behalf of all believers.
In the previous verses, Paul had taught us what qualities are to adorn us as Christians. Instead of wearing the old clothing of sinful habits, we are to put on the new clothing of kindness, humility, forbearance, and so forth. Now we shall see the final garment of clothing which we are to put on, which is love. Then Paul will tell us what we have in Christ. In verse 11, Paul wrote that “Christ is all, and in all.” All that belongs to Christ is ours. What we have in him is his peace, word, and worship.
This world is becoming a more dangerous place for the believer in Christ. Much like swimming in shark infested waters, believers need to know how to navigate through the danger using the wisdom and knowledge of God's Word in a practical way in order to be a true reflection of the way mate of Christ.