In chapter 10, we are bombarded with a series of seemingly disjointed wisdom sayings that leave us saying amen while simultaneously scratching our heads wondering, "Okay... but why?" By heeding the Teacher's admonitions, the wise student will learn the meaning behind this both simple and abstract chapter.
Is Jonah a "type" of Christ? What is the proper way to interpret Old Testament narratives like Jonah in light of the New Testament? Jesus makes a famous reference to Jonah in Matt. 12:38-41, opening up a lot of debate as to how the narrative of Jonah is to be interpreted in light of Christ. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through Christ's reference to Jonah, showing us the context in which the reference was made, and explaining basic principles of Bible interpretation. Discover how interpreting the Bible consistently is so important to properly understanding it, and how not interpreting consistently can lead to confusion and error.
Living in this fallen world can often feel like we're trampling through the woods without having received much direction. The truth is, God has given us a map to guide us and a trail to follow. In this passage, we'll learn a great deal about both!
The key to a well-balanced life is the Christian doctrine of vocation. Believers have been called by God out of the world and into his service—vocation is simply the Latin word for calling. To "those who are called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28) God provides a place and time and the required gifts to fulfill his purposes in the world. Or as Paul puts it: "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10). The unique opportunities to do God's will form our vocations, our callings.
In this series we want to try to understand and apply vocation in three movements. First, we will ponder the doctrine of vocation. What is vocation, what does Scripture teach about work, and what is the relationship of the special calling of grace and our ordinary callings in the world? Second, we will study how to prepare for vocational living. We want to think through what people of God at most any stage of life can do to become better qualified to glorify and enjoy God in the station that he may lead them into. Third, we will explore what it looks like to practice vocation. What biblical practices can help us succeed at work and how does our work life relate to the rest of who we are.
Let me ask you a question: "Do you trust me?" Your response to my inquiry will depend on a number of factors: Who am I? What's my track record? What am I asking? What is our relationship? Trust is a quality that takes a lifetime to build and can be destroyed in a moment. Some people, having been hurt in the past, refuse to trust anyone. Their life motto becomes: trust no one! But is this the right way to discover a meaningful life in our search in a fallen world? The Teacher will explore these (and similar) issues, as he drives home one necessity for all of us: dependency.
When Jesus heals the man who was born blind, he displays a work of God that he will eventually display in all who call upon his name.
The Setting of the Sign
The Performing of the Sign
The Meaning of the Sign
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. We rarely perceive the moving of a clock's hands as the visible reminder that life is slowly--sometimes quickly--passing us by. To focus on time makes one insane; but to ignore it makes one a fool. How are we to understand our role as "free" beings, when we seem to be held captive by the "tyranny of time?" Join us in Ecclesiastes 3 as we catch a glimpse of the Son's rays yet again, this time through His role of guiding human affairs and giving our "time under the sun" true and ultimate purpose.
The redeemed heart hungers and thirsts for God righteousness. Ultimately, they, and only they, will be satisfied, for the human heart can find real satisfaction in God alone.
"Satisfied" in this verse is a passive which means God is the actor and the blessed one is the receiver. God gives satisfaction in Him.
The context of the gospel
the righteousness of God
hungering and thirsting for righteousness
the satisfaction found only in God's righteousness
The gospel is the only message of salvation. It declares God's righteousness, and must be preached for every aspect of spiritual growth. We are not ashamed to preach it, though it cost us. It's the singular focus of our lives.