Title: "What Will I See In Heaven "
This passage teaches that heaven is a very real place, for all redeemed people to live for eternity. After all, everything in our spiritual life and destiny is in heaven , therefore, we ought to know a little bit about this wonderful place. John begins to describe heaven in this chapter and finishes it out in the next chapter.
In our study, we expose the cultic false interpretation of our text which attempts to relegate Jesus to a status of being "less thang God". That is NOT what our text is saying and when we consider the whole counsel of God, we see emphatically that Jesus IS God. There is a hierarchy in the Trinity and by the confession of God the Son and of God the Father Himself, we see this truth.
Also Reference: Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:14-16, 1 Timothy 3:16, John 14:28, Matthew 28:19, 1 John 5:7, John 10:30, Hebrews 1:5-9
Colossians chapter 1 will be our entire attention this Lord's day. In the morning we will begin with 1.1-8 and in the evening we will continue at 1.9-14. In both texts thanksgiving looms large. In the morning the amazing grace of Jesus Christ in saving us is front and center as our reason for thanksgivingScripture Reading: Colossians 1.1-14
Text: Colossians 1.1-8
Message: "Thanksgiving 3: Gospel Hope"
Theme: Believers give thanks for all in whom the fruits of eternal hope burst forth
Believers are called "holy" and "faithful": Why?
We are thankful for fruit as proof
We are thankful for hope, the source of these fruits
Believers rejoice to see this fruit of hope world-wide: How?
Jesus, just prior to this, told His disciples the way to the Father's house where He will be preparing a place for them. Now Christ assures them that they have known and seen the Father through Himself. There is a complete unity between the Father and the Son. However, Philip and the apostles don't find this sufficient and want an immediate display of God Himself. Jesus responds with a rebuke that is tinged with sadness. They have been with Jesus this long and they still don't see it. Jesus's words, person, and works are not insufficient to show the Father but Philip and the apostle's vision is insufficient to see the oneness of the Father and the Son. They don't realize they have known and seen God this whole time in Christ. He says "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me." This doesn't simply mean "trust Me." But it means that the Trinity is an absolute must-believe aspect of following Christ. They also ought to believe not just on the basis of His words but His works. And it's not just the power behind the miraculous signs but what the signs also signified about who He is and what He's come to do. He is God in the flesh. And then Jesus speaks of His relationship to His disciples. Those who believe in Him will do greater works. It's not that Christians will have a power greater than Jesus to raise the dead or heal or calm a storm; the key is in the phrase "because I go to the Father." The works are still Jesus's and the disciples of Christ will ask to do them in His name and only what He wants to be done will be done. The works are greater because they are after the cross and resurrection but they are not greater than Jesus's.
God ordained priests during the Old Testament to serve as an intermediary between the Lord and His people. However, Christ, as the great High Priest sacrificed himself and is seated on the right hand of God. We no longer need priests, but can communicate directly to God. Those who are saved are the priesthood of believers and should make spiritual sacrifices, do good works, live as a sacrifice and be obedient to Him.
We have an identity crisis in our country. Society is confused about people's roles, so how should the church function during this identity crisis? In this week's sermon from Titus 2:1-2 we examine the direct call for the shepherds to teach sound doctrine and for older men to live temperate, dignified, and self-controlled lives. This follows the clear instructions from Paul in Titus 1 to set the local church in order and instruct in sound doctrine. Do our lives adorn the gospel and sound doctrine? What does it mean to live in a dignified manner? Please join us this week as we seek to glorify God through the preaching and pointing of others to the truth of His Word.
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This sermon was delivered on November 12th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.
What is the first part of Israel's distinguishing the holy from the common? Leviticus 17 prepares us for the evening sermon on the Lord's Day. In these sixteen verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the first part of Israel's distinguishing the holy from the common was to be their respect for the holiness of blood.
As we gather for worship today we see and give thankful responses by taking up Isaiah chapter 12. We are thankful for the glorious grace of salvation in Jesus Christ . Again we note how much of Jesus is to be discovered in the Old Testament! Come and worship Him this morning!Responsive Reading: Psalm 105
Scripture: Isaiah 12:1-6
Sermon: Thanksgiving Reponses!
Theme: We are thankful for the glorious grace of salvation in Jesus Christ
God is holy and has every right to be angry -but Christ took it!
We are well supplied from the One Who is Living Water!
Thanksgiving gives birth to an evangelistic lifestyle
Thanksgiving gives birth to a singing lifestyle!