Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Secular Mindset vs a Christian Mindset

Colossians 3:1-17

Some might say, “You’re so heavenly minded you’re of no earthly good.”  God’s Word says, “You should be so heavenly minded you are of earthly good.”

In our text this morning the apostle Paul is appealing to us to have a Christian mindset and no longer a secular mindset.

So how do we develop a Christian mindset?

  1. By focusing on our resurrected life in Christ.  Colossians 3:1
  2. By focusing on Christ’s Eternal Word. Colossians 3:2
  3. By focusing on our position in Christ   Colossians 3:3
  4. By focusing on our eternal relationship with Christ.  Colossians 3:4

We’ve been hearing over and over again follow the science.  It seems like many people today only want to follow their view of science if it fits their mindset.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Finding Rest

Body Rest

“Why would an all-powerful God need to rest after creating the universe?” When the Bible says that our Creator God does not get weary or tired.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. Isaiah 40:28

So, if our God does not need to rest, why did He command us to rest?   Exodus 20:8-11; 23:12

  1.   We need to rest.  If we do not, we will fall apart.
  2.   God commands us to take off one day a week to focus on Him and to refresh ourselves

Soul Rest

Many things can be a burden to our souls: sin, financial difficulties, troublesome work environments, painful family situations, politics, religion. Often, we may feel completely worn out and spiritually exhausted from struggling to bear these burdens.

So where do we go for soul rest?   Matthew 11:28-30

  1. The invitation from Jesus
  2. Putting on the yoke of Jesus

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Running for Christ

Hebrews 12:1-2

The New Testament writers chose to convey many important aspects of the Christian life through athletic metaphors. They used sporting events to depict important truths related to our spiritual development.

The Hebrew writer used the metaphor of running in chapter 12 to exhort us to grow in our faith.

  1. The example of those who have run before us. Hebrews 12:1a
  • Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel
  1. The Hebrew writer exhorts us to run all out for Jesus by:
  • Get rid of the things that weigh us down.  Hebrews 12:1b
  • Do not believe we cannot do it. Hebrews 12:1c
  • Stay on our course and do not quit.  Hebrews 12:1d
  1. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus who finished His race.  Hebrews 12:2a
  • He is the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2b
  • He persevered and endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2c

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Motivated By Love
1 John

One of the best feelings in the world, without question, is LOVE.

We use the word “love” in many different contexts- the love for our children, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, job, automobile, food, sports, etc.

The Ancient Greeks had eight words that corresponded to different types of love.  Of the eight words for love, only two are mentioned in the Bible, Agape and Philia.

My focus this morning is on the one Greek word for love, agape. It appears 115 times in the New Testament and 33 times in the small letter of 1 John and 22 times in chapter 4 of 1 John.

Biblical agape love is the love of choice, the love of serving with humility, the highest kind of love, the noblest kind of devotion, the love of the will (intentional, a conscious choice) and not motivated by superficial appearance, emotional attraction, or sentimental relationship.  Agape chooses as an act of self-sacrifice to serve the recipient.

  1. God’s agape for us.1 John 4:9-10
  2. Our agape for one another. 1 John 4:7-8,11, 20-21
  3. Our agape for God.  1 John 5:1-3

Sunday, December 13, 2020

A Message of Joy and Peace
Luke 2:8-20

If we ever needed a message on joy and peace, it is now.  As Dr. Luke records the Christmas story in chapter two of his gospel, we find our source of joy and peace.

  1. A message to the shepherds.   Luke 2:8-9
  2. A message of Joy.  Luke 2:10-12
  3. A message of Peace.  Luke 2 13-14
  4. A message to share.  Luke 2:15-20

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Sunday, December 6, 2020

At The Right Time

Galatians 4:4

In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul affirms that the Son of God came to this earth at just the right time in the divine scheme of things. He expresses the thought like this:

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”  Galatians 4:4

For centuries God, the Father, had been preparing for His Son’s entrance into the world.  When Jesus was born, it was indeed the fullness of time.

  1. The Jews, with their concept of monotheism and the Old Testament Scriptures (with scores of prophecies regarding the Messiah) had prepared the way.
  2. The Greeks had provided a language that was the most precise instrument for the communication of human thought the world had ever known.
  3. The Romans had given humanity a time of peace and marvelous transportation and communication systems.

The Jews – Scriptures; Greeks – language;  Romans – peace. These will remind you of the providential preparation of God in anticipation of the sending of His Son.

Pray and ask God how you can best prepare your heart to celebrate the entrance of His Son into the world.

Whatever you end up doing, consider observing Advent in community with other believers.

May your heart be captured by the ultimate gift — Jesus — this Advent season.