What does it mean to grow in Christ? That is the second point of our church’s mission statement: to grow in Christ. How do we accomplish that? We take a look at that in the message. Our desire as a Christian should be to look like Christ in character. The purpose is to bring glory to Christ.
What does it mean that we gather with Christ? In this message we explore Hebrews 10:24-25 and provide some reasons why gathering with a local fellowship of believers is so vital to the spiritual health of every believer. Come, join us.
So you know the voice of the Good Shephard? Those who know Him, hear His voice, listen and obey.
What kind of heart do you have? Do you have a heart that avoids God or a heart that is after God? The message considers two different individuals that help us answer those questions.
When it comes to all the trials and tribulations of life, our first reaction is to want to forget them. Yet I see in our passage that God asks us to remember them. To remember them as occasions when God led the way and helped us through them. They become our memorial stones so that we don’t forget God’s promises, protection, provision, person, and power. No, don’t forget them. Remember them. Use them to build your faith for those future times of tribulation when you need a reminder that God is there and will lead the way, if we will obey and follow Him. Trust Him and start setting up your own memorial stones of remembrance.
It’s been said that humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but rather thinking of yourself less. Jesus gives an example of what humility looks like for the believer. Philippians 2:5-8 give us the pattern of His humility. What then is our practice? How should humility be evident in us if we have the mind or attitude of Christ?
Jesus teaches us what it is to obey and why we are to obey. Jesus did it to please the Father and He did it joyfully and willingly. Jesus is our example of obedience. We see His surrender as a Son. We see His submission as a servant. We see His sacrifice as a Savior. Scripture also shows how Jesus is our enabler for obedience. We learn from His example. We are to live by the Word of God. We are to love the Word of God. We are to live by the Spirit of God. Do we delight to do the will of God in loving obedience to Him?
My guess is that everyone of us has at one time or another been let down by someone who didn’t keep their word. It’s also very likely that we too, have been the someone who has let others down. It can be for a variety of reasons. But Scripture is very clear that God is always faithful. He will and does always keep His word. Period. He never falters. He never changes His mind. It’s never half done. He never forgets. It may not be in the time we expect it, but He never fails. We can trust Him. If we ever doubt that He will keep His word, we lack faith. We must have faith in His faithfulness.
What is gentleness? Is it really weakness? Is the nature of the gentle prone to be run over by those who are aggressive? Jesus shows us what it is to be gentle. It’s a characteristic much needed in our society today. He gives us an invitation to come to Him to find rest.