On the first Sunday of Advent 2021, this was the next sermon in our series Encountering Jesus through John’s Gospel examining the call from Jesus to know him deeply in an ever growing fashion through His Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The next sermon in our Encountering Jesus series through John’s Gospel focusing on the beginning of chapter 14 and considering what it means for Jesus to be the only way to know, trust, and follow God.
Dear Friends, We are all familiar with the first four New Testament books. We call them The Gospels. They earn that distinction because they reveal to us the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. Each of the four provides a different perspective on and insight into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What He did for us by coming to us, living among us, dying in our place and defeating death and hell so that we could be reconciled…
Dear Friends, As you sit down this year for a Thanksgiving meal, hopefully with family and friends around the table, you might take a few minutes to talk together about this insight from G.K. Chesterton. “When it comes to life,” he wrote, “the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Maybe after the last year and a half, we are a little less likely to take things for granted. Like being about to gather with…
Dear Friends, On Sunday, we spent time thinking together about Jesus’ instruction about how we counsel our hearts when we are troubled or anxious. Along with trusting God’s promises and having an eternal perspective on life, Jesus tells us that we should find comfort in His promise that he will come again and receive us to Himself. The second coming of Jesus is a central theme in both the Old and New Testaments. The ancient prophets talked often about the “day of…
Jesus talked more about money than almost any other subject in the Bible. He said, “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). That means we declare something to be truly important when we invest our money in it.
Everything we have belongs to God. He has entrusted us to be good stewards and to invest our resources – our time, our talents and our treasure – wisely. It is a privilege to be God’s instruments on earth and take the good news of Jesus to a broken, hurting world.
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