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!
The church has been misdefined in our day. We tend to think of the church as a loose collection of individuals that come and worship God on our terms. However, the Biblical view of the church is a "called out assembly" from the world in which God enters into covenant with them. This means that being apart of the church means you were not saved individually so that you and God can do your own thing. Instead, this means that you are obligated to follow and obey the terms that God has set out for His people.
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.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Book of Genesis "These are the Generations." This evening, Pastor Carl looks at Genesis 11:10-32 in a message titled "The Line of Promise Continues."
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Introduction: 'Honor your father and mother...'
-The Definition of the Word "Honor"
Honoring One's Father & Mother is Not a Matter of Choice but a Commandment that Must be Obeyed
Those Who Demonstrate Respect and Honor to Those in Positions of Authority Will be Rewarded
God provides us with hope despite loss, by reminding us of the fulfillment of His Words of judgment (ch. 1:10), which proves that we can trust His words of restoration!
The loss of personal holiness. (v.1-2)
The loss of God's presence. (v.3)
The loss of the king. (v.4-11)
Despite the losses, the exiles retained a living hope, because of the promised sequel – the restoration of holiness, God's presence, and the kingship.
How can we retain hope, when we go through loss?
What was King David's prayer after sinning? Psalm 51:11
Why are these verses repeated in 2 Kings 24:18-25:30?
Why are these verses repeated again in 2 Chronicles 36:22-21?
The true idea of a blessing is one that has been lost in our age and culture. It is left as a linguistic nicety, a courtesy, an open ended wish for something good. But we fail to understand the depth and power of the blessing and so rob it of both its innate power AND our appreciation of its beauty and declarative force to convey the true power of God to do good to those who love Him. Before we can appreciate the wonder of Abram being blessed by Melchizedek, we need to understand just what a blessing is, and what it conveys. And maybe, we might even learn to recapture the awesome gift of blessing.
Peter is not talking about an entirely new heavens and earth which will replace the ones that were annihilated at the Second Coming. Christ came, the first time, to save the world. A clarification of misunderstood terms like fire, elements, and new heavens and earth will help us to see what Peter is actually describing.