The Apostle Peter is writing to his audience in order to encourage them with the beautiful reality that God has graciously given His children everything required for life and godliness. This giving from God of everything required for our Christian life and godliness is all by His divine power. God is the One who sovereignly provides everything we need to walk through this Christian life well, and that is a gracious gift and encouragement for us.
In this portion of Luke 14, Jesus has been invited to the home of a ruling Pharisee for dinner. As He observes power-mongering and selfishness on display, He takes the opportunity to teach the people and the host about the priorities of God. As believers, we are to see our homes and our tables as instruments for displaying the love of God to needy people. As we are faithful to put God and then others before ourselves, we will realize amazing opportunities to share the gospel of Christ.
In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
The ideal of Christian ‘love’ is one of the church’s favorite subjects to expound, but it is too frequently the one where we fall the most short. In this sermon, we explore the character of Biblical love and how it is to be displayed within the Body of Christ. Biblical love originates with God, is marked by purity, and seeks all that is good and righteous for the beloved.
“Love” is definitely one of our favorite subjects as Christians. But it is also one of the most misunderstood subjects in the church because our idea of love is typically rooted in worldly wisdom rather than in scriptural truth. Biblically speaking, true love is rooted in death. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s love and secured our love. So the questions we answer through this sermon are, “What does it mean for us to be ‘constrained’ by love?” and “What does the death of Christ mean for our life and ministry?”
As Paul wrote to the church at Colossae, his heart for their well-being and spiritual health bled through every word. These verses are a prayer of sorts for their deepening love and burgeoning knowledge of Christ, who Himself is the Christian’s and the church’s greatest wealth and treasure. As Morningview stands on the cusp of a significant capitol campaign for the renovation of our building, the focus is set upon drawing near to, depending upon, and treasuring Christ.
Christ here puts his compassion on full display as he gently exposes the sin of the Samaritan woman and guides her in the truth of what true, new covenant worship ought to look like.
For humanity in general, as well as the church, change is normal and continual. But God is unchanging. He is sovereign, steadfast, and true to His nature and character through all circumstances. Thus, when we face transitions or trials, we can know that our Eternal Shepherd is caring for us, leading us sovereignly toward His purpose, and demonstrating His love for His people at every turn.
In the second half of Romans 8:28, we find that God’s promise to sovereignly work all things together for good is true only for believers. Paul uses two phrases to describe Christians: (1) Those who love God, and (2) Those who are called according to His purpose. Love is the Preeminent Christian virtue and God’s calling is the ground of our assurance.
Why did Jesus cleanse the temple? In what manner did Jesus cleanse the temple? What does this sign teach us today? Listen to this sermon to find out?