Here is the deformity and abnormality of life without a relationship to God, the utter inability we have to convert ourselves, and our need to look out of ourselves to Christ who alone has the power to do it for us.
Salvation starts by fearing God! -- understanding we are justly condemned for sin; and knowing that we will receive the due reward for our deeds. Jesus is Lord; Jesus is King; Jesus has a coming Kingdom!
What has King Jesus come to do? Matthew 3:1–12 looks forward to the morning sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these twelve verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us King Jesus has come to fit His people for glory with Him before pouring out His wrath in unquenchable fire.
Best if a brother judges us before God does. Better if we judge ourselves before God judges us. Because, eventually, God will judge. He is longsuffering, but not forever suffering. When done correctly, the judgement by another is an act of love, ... when judgement's focus is conversion. (Message #2 in the Judgement Series)
In this extended series on suffering and trials we explore the nature of
God's discipline upon sinning believers. This is often a misunderstood aspect of our relationship
to our heavenly Father and yet the bible is replete with examples and instruction regarding it. In
this final message we consider the way God brings trials and hardships into the life of a believer
to grow them. In a very real way we will learn that it is in and through adversity that our faith
both matures and is purified.
Greetings and welcome! This is our daily devotional for 9-11-23. Today we resume our study in the book of Acts in chapter 9 with Saul arriving at Jerusalem and being greeted with skepticism. As such, we see the beauty of encouragement through Barnabas and the power of the Gospel. Thanks for joining us!
When it says in verse 30 that we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones, what does it mean? Well, it does not mean His physical flesh and bones, obviously. Christ was not married during His earthly lifetime. But rather it means that we, His saints, are members of His spiritual body, the Church. And this is because we are married to Him spiritually speaking. He is the head of His spiritual body the Church. And we are, all of us together, His spiritual body. This idea, however, needs some development. And so let us see whether we can gain some spiritual understanding of this mystery by asking 3 questions.
1st – In what sense are we members of Christ's body, His flesh and His bones individually as believers? 2nd – In what sense does Christ leave His father and mother to be joined to His wife? And 3rd – In what sense shall the two become one flesh, spiritually in terms of the Universal Church? May the Lord grant wisdom and illumination to our minds and hearts through this study.
Pastor Brewer continues the study of the Confessions of St. Augustine. We are reading Henry Chadwick's translation, published by Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780199537822). Today's class discusses Nicaean-era theologians, neo-Platonism, and the conversion of one's will and wants mto servitude and new, faith-based habits. Pastor Brewer advises that two additional books will be taught in this class in coming weeks: "On the Incarnation" by Athanasius of Alexandria, and "On God and Christ" by Gregory of Nazainus. Both of these are available in print and pdf forms on the web.
In this extended series on suffering and trials we explore the nature of God's discipline upon sinning believers. This is often a misunderstood aspect of our relationship to our heavenly Father and yet the bible is replete with examples and instruction regarding it.