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The World: Media & Culture When John tells us not to love the world in 1 John, he is not talking about a single incident, but a lifestyle of allegiance to things not of God. This love is the same love God demands. It is a warring affection that creates an attachment, intimate fellowship or devotion. It is the desires of flesh that cause us to pursue wrong sexual desires and covetousness. This sermon looks at two examples, including the media, the desire of our eyes/flesh, and consumerism as a systemic underlying structure that leads us to take pride in our possessions. Although we fail in these areas, Jesus has achieved our victory. He has given us grace and His righteousness so that we are now adopted as his children, perfected by his love.
Jesus came to be Immanuel, God With Us. What does that mean? How does that help us understand the meaning of Christmas? In this sermon Pastor Tim looks at a few ways the idea of "God With Us" can change our day-to-day lives.
What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit and how should followers of Jesus pursue Him? In this sermon, Pastor Tim looks at the Spirit and what a relationship with Him looks like.
You could boil this passage down with this statement: bank your prayer life on God’s love for you. It seems that Jesus wants to encourage his disciples to keep praying, but he is not just calling them to be persistent; the call is different. Perseverance in prayer is certainly a part of the equation but it is not the end-game here. Jesus’ goal is to call his disciples to pray from a robust understanding of God’s love for them. The critical phrase for this passage is found in verse 11: “how much more.” Jesus wants for his followers to pray with the “how-much-moreness” of God in mind. He aims to motivate pray by God-centered encouragement.
Prayer is the air that Christian soldiers breathe. It is how we soar and how we fight. It is a lifestyle saturated by Spirit-controlled, persevering prayer. As we make the turn into 2009 and launch into prayer week, I want to call you to a renewed commitment to all-encompassing prayer. I want you to use this message and the prayer week events listed in the bulletin as an opportunity to increase the vitality of your prayer life.
To follow Jesus means that we embrace a call that makes no sense to the world, but it makes total sense to those who know him. Those who know Jesus want to live like Jesus. And that includes some pretty tough things - like dying.
This morning Iâ€™m here to tell you that church doesnâ€™t have to be like that, and Colossians 3:15-17 is a great text to remind us about what a Jesus-centered church looks like. What are the marks of a consistently Christian church? Now that is an important question and one worth answering.