In this sermon by Bob Sayre, we see the importance of spreading God's Word to the ends of the earth. Since man's fall in the garden, God has had a plan to redeem mankind. Both Jews and Gentiles have sinned and fallen short, but God has made his word not only avaliable to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles. Jesus commands us to spread the good news to our neighbors and to the nations.
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In this sermon by Pastor Matt, we learn about the greatest gift. Our salvation is a gift that God gives to whomever believes. The greatest gift that God has given is the gift of His creation - being able to to have a relationship with the Creator. Our Father is the greatest gift giver and provider - He blesses us abundantly. This Christmas season we should bless others as much as God has blessed us.
In this sermon, Pastor Matt explains how God always keeps His word. God gave His word to many prophets, who recorded more than 300 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament. All of these prophecies were fulfilled by one man, Jesus Christ. As children of God, all we have to do is look at Jesus’ life to see that God always keeps His word.
In this sermon by Pastor Ted, we learn the difference between fear and faith. Both words are an expectation of the future - one has a positive outlook of the future and the other has a negative one. We need the Lord to help us overcome fears in our lives. God has made a path of faith that will guide us through weakness and sin so that we won't be turned astray. Through Him we can overcome! All it takes is a little faith.
In this passage, we see Jesus teaching about hardship, sorrow, tribulation and pain. Why does Jesus share all this “bad news” with His disciples? Jesus said He was telling them these things so that they wouldn’t fall away.
When we experience the difficulties of life, it’s not because Jesus doesn’t know about them or that He is indifferent towards us or our pain. In fact, as you read this whole passage, the love that Jesus has for His disciples is overwhelming! Somehow in God’s sovereign plan, the pain we experience in this world is necessary for the fulfillment of our eternal joy. And the eternal joy we experience will be a joy that no one can take away from us.
This week we’ll be celebrating a great American holiday: Thanksgiving. And what’s not to love? Family, food, football ... what could be better? There’s nothing wrong with eating turkey, or watching the Cowboys, but As Christians, we should be the most grateful of all!
Don’t let this day go by without spending some time offering genuine thanks to God. Reflect on the Gospel and the goodness of God. May your heart, and not just your stomach, be full this Thanksgiving!
“Abiding in Christ” is a popular phrase in Christianity. But have you ever stopped to think about what it actually means? Practically, what does this look like in our day to day lives? How do we abide in Christ?
Abiding in Christ is not simply a list of spiritual duties or disciplines. Just as the branch is completely dependent upon the life and nourishment that comes from the vine, we too are totally dependent upon Christ for our life. Today, we cling to Jesus with all the strength that we have, knowing that separated from Him, we will only wither and die.
How do you define love? This word is thrown around a lot, but when we look closely, what does it really mean? In our culture, it can mean anything from “I love this food” to the true love we have for our spouse. There are many ways to define love.
It’s important how we define our love towards God. Jesus says that true love for Him manifests itself in willful obedience to His Word. As our love for Jesus grows, our desire to obey Him should grow as well. To those who obey God, we are promised true and lasting peace!
What are some things that might cause your heart to be troubled? Jesus and His disciples experienced some difficult times. His assurance to them was this, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” One day, Jesus is going to return for us and we will see Him face to face. He is the visible, tangible image of the invisible God. We can be confident that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We can have confidence in Him.
Sometimes love is difficult. Helping when it’s not convenient, giving when it hurts, devoting energy to others' welfare rather than our own, and absorbing hurts from others without complaining or fighting back. This kind of loving is hard to do.
In this message, we’re going to see Jesus talk about a new commandment. This new commandment has to do with love. Jesus says that it’s our love for each other that will prove to the world that we are Christians. Today, as Christians, we should put Christ’s sacrificial love on display.