Do you want to be free indeed? The Jews have just heard Jesus explain who he is and what he has come to do. In this section, we see that the Jews have believed in him; however, this belief was a nominal belief. The Jews did not have genuine saving faith. Jesus teaches the Jews about the truth and obedience in this section, but more importantly he shows them that if they wish to be free from the bondage of sin then they must trust in the Son who can set them free.
Questions of adultery, hypocrisy, and conspiracy all meet the Lord Jesus Christ outside temple walls. In John 8 the Pharisees are trying to trap Jesus by bringing a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery before Him. The Pharisees give him two options: either he can stone the woman or let her go free. Jesus, in all of wisdom, brings the weight of the Law to reign down on the Pharisees. Then we see a beautiful glimpse of His mercy towards the adulterous woman.
In this final message our of Flourish in Faith emphasis, we go all the way to the end of Second Corinthians to consider Paul’s final exhortation to that congregation. In this single verse, we hear God’s command to rejoice, be made complete, be comforted by one another, be like minded, live in peace, and walk in the love and peace of God. These traits represent life in a healthy church, and they result in joy pervading the body of Christ.
God is not a hoarder, He is a giver, and as believers give, God is shown to be the One who resupplies and multiplies what is given in righteousness. We are not buckets meant to collect and hold what God gives, we are faucets, meant to dispense what God supplies. In this fifth “Flourish in Faith” sermon, we explore 10 biblical benefits of giving.
Jesus promises refreshment to the thirsty that will come to Him and drink. Even more than that, Jesus promises rivers of living water from the hearts of believers. This He said about the Holy Spirit, who is examined in detail in this sermon.
In this first sermon of our “Flourish in Faith” mini-series, we learn from Paul’s experience of suffering that our heavenly Father blesses us with challenges and afflictions to bring us back to Himself. God works through adversity to shatter any sense of self-reliance, to show us that we are truly weak, and to help us see that every other earthly support will fail us. The result is that we trust in Him rather than ourselves, and this trust is poured out in renewed hope and fervent prayer.
How do we find nourishment for our souls? What is the fuel that keeps us going in the hard times? These questions and more are examined, particularly highlighting the food that sustained, nourished, and satisfied Jesus Christ as the sent one.
Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? More practically, “Does the fact that Christians sometimes experience extreme suffering mean that Christ has stopped loving us?” Paul’s answer to such questions is “Absolutely not!” On the contrary, the suffering that Christians may experience proves the love of Christ. As we abide in His love and trust His sovereign purpose, we see that the path of suffering is actually the passage to eternal victory, for in Christ, we are more than conquerors!
God is sovereign, and in His perfect providence, He is working to achieve His greatest glory and His children’s greatest good. That is what Romans 8:28 teaches us. Such truths of Christ are certainties you can ground your life on, truths upon which you can bank your hopes, and truths meant to comfort you through every trial, every struggle, every bad day, every loss, every pain, every heartache. Especially this truth. Our comfort comes from the fact that our loving Father is using every detail of our existence to bring us to the joy of being more like Jesus.
We are saved by faith into hope: into the confident expectation that God will do all He has promised — that our conviction of things not seen, our faith, will one day become sight. Our hope rests upon five firm theological foundations, through which we see that each member of the Godhead is active in securing our hope. Because our Lord secures our hope, we will persevere to the end, knowing that Christ is and must be our first and greatest desire.