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Jesus, Son of Abraham: Indebted to a Forgiving God
Scripture describes praise as a spiritual weapon of warfare. In this teaching you will discover how praise and thankfulness is designed to route the enemy in your life.
Worship mean love expressed. God's 5 worship languages: Words of affirmation, Quality time, Receiving gifts, Acts of service & Physical touch. What we are individually, 24 hours a day, is more important than what happens in a church once a week. The secret of acceptable worship lies in how we are at home, or at work, and when we are alone, and nobody knows what we are doing. It lies in our total lifestyle.
The only way we can live a life of thanksgiving is to take our focus off of all the temporary treasures and circumstances of this life and place them upon the rock solid truths and treasures that never change—that are eternal. We must put on the spectacles of faith so that we can see God’s bigger picture.
We are in a series called “I Need a Miracle.” Our definition for a miracle is “those things that can only be described by the phrase, ‘God did it.’” There are seven such miracles in the Gospel of John that are intentionally used by the Spirit of God through this Gospel writer to prove that Jesus is who He said He was. So far we have considered the miracle at the wedding at Cana, the healing of the royal official’s son, the man at the Pool of Bethesda, and the miracle of the feeding of the multitude. There are two more after today. We have been looking at each of these miracles as a way to ask God about our own need for Him to do something in our lives that we are desperate to see. Today, we come to the fifth miracle in this sequence—the miracle of Jesus walking on the water. It is immediately following the feeding of the multitude.
There are seven events in the Gospel of John that are commonly referred to as the 7 Signs of John: Water into wine, Healing of a nobleman’s son, Healing of a man at the Pool of Bethesda, Feeding the 5,000, Walking on the water in the midst of a storm, Healing a blind man, and Raising Lazarus from the dead. We would call these miracles; John called them signs. The word sign is a technical term in the Gospel of John that refers specifically to the 7 miracles that serve to point people to belief in Jesus. These miracles are the subject of our study as we begin this New Year. Last week, we read the account of the first sign—Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Although that sounds a little odd to us, the miracle helps us to see that when we have a need that seems impossible, we can call on Jesus. He can do all things.
In 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Paul recounts his conversion and commissioning as an Apostle. In so doing, he reveals the reason why the eternal Son of God came into the world, namely to save sinners. Moreover, Paul sets himself forth as the quintessential example to prove this point! From this passage, we will come to see two vital truths, which remained clear and definite for Paul, namely the greatness of His sin and the greatness of His Savior.
Although we all experience hardships and sufferings, which do not cease during the Christmas season; yet, the entire world seems to share in a universal joy. For the believer, that joy is rooted in the definitive expression of God’s love toward us, namely Christ. Pastor Adam Amarith faithfully prescribes to his flock the biblical mandate: believers are to exhaustively love, commanded by the God whose very essence is love, who demonstrated His gracious love by giving the best of what He had, His Only Son. “Greater love knows no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 ESV). “Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts . . . God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:5-8). Christ Jesus humbly came as a servant to live a righteous life for us. He was shamefully murdered that we may be forgiven. And he gloriously conquered death as the Sovereign King securing and assuring our eternity with Him. This is the joy of Christmas.