As Jesus walked toward the cross and his death, He intentionally demonstrated that He was indeed the Messiah and that the Messiah was going to become the new temple of God. In our series of sermons for Lent and Easter we are going to look at how Jesus taught with words and deeds that He is replacing the temple system of the Old Testament and becoming Himself the new Temple of God. And He also then makes the way for us to become the Temples of God too. Nothing but miraculous!
What do you understand about the sovereignty of God? Do you fully comprehend God's might, as well as His grace and goodness and compassion? Do you understand how all these attributes of God relate to our own suffering?
Do you have eyes to see the big picture of God's glorious reign and the spiritual battle that He wages? Is it possible that the way in which Christians respond to afflictions can help give God victories over Satan in the spiritual realm?
Is it really true that God can use evil and turn it to our profit?
We will tackle these questions and many others in this sermon series on the book of Job.
Does it seem like the world is spinning out of control and that our lives are not the way they're supposed to be? Jesus' Sermon on the Mount addresses His disciples and teaches them how to live a beautiful life in an ugly world.
The apostle Paul took many journeys in the course of his ministry, but in reality his whole life was a spiritual journey that continually formed and transformed him. The same is true for all Christians. And a key point in that journey, a point that must be recognized by any true follower of Christ, is the point of conversion. This is that moment when the true God collides with the gods we have created for ourselves and we realize that our gods are too weak to change our hearts. Then the miracle of spiritual light comes to us and we see the truth about Jesus, about ourselves, and about the church. And once we know that truth we embrace new, selfless relationships and allow God to do His transformative work in us.
The scope of the cross of Christ is so much greater than many Christians realize. The impact of Christ's crucifixion is so much more revolutionary than we might believe or expect. We often speak of Christ's death simply as the atonement for our sins, an event by which we can get our ticket to heaven punched and then just wait for the Gloryland Train to come for us when we die, or when Christ returns...
This sermon begins a series on Elijah and Elisha. In I Kings 17 we find Elijah bringing the Word of the Lord to Israel that it would not rain there for three years in punishment for their sinful ways. We also find Elijah being provided for by the hand of God and bringing a widow's son back to life...