The Baldy Bishops take a look at the beautiful little letter of Philemon. It might be small, but it packs a big gospel punch.
In it we see:
The Foundation for Gospel Community is the Grace and Peace God has given us
The Motive for Gospel Community is love for God and love for others
The Result of Gospel Community is refreshment for believers, and a beautiful witness to the lost.
In his first coming, Jesus party fulfilled the prophecy about the Messiah bringing peace. He brought us peace with God, enabled peace between believers, and brought the possibility for us to experience a "peace that passes understanding." We long for Jesus to return to complete the fulfillment of the prophecy, ending conflict between nations and ushering in an eternity of perfect shalom in a restored creation.
The great need of all of humanity is to be reconciled with our Creator God. Our nature and conduct demonstrate we are all sinners. Long ago, Job realised reconciliation with God was his greatest need. Job teaches us that faith in God will enable us to be at peace with God and His goodness shall come to us
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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.
Dr. Schoeffler continues an exposition of "The Cross of Christ" by John Stott (ISBN 9780830833207 or 9780877849988).
Today's class looks at the two aspects of reconciliation: to God and to each other, the reconciliation to Christ's faithful family that we experience.
Ephesians 4:32 -- Learning to forgive
if you're a Christian, seeking and granting forgiveness are not optional.
So what does it mean to forgive one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you?
This message is the 3rd in this section of 2 Corinthians dealing with every believer's HOPE. The subject of this sermon is every believer's responsibility to honor God in every area of their lives as justified saints.
What are Christians supposed to do when they mess up? How can they ever recover from life changing sin and moral failure? David found himself in this very position, and he found that the grace of God was sufficient and that his life wasn't over.
Commandments 3,4,5 of progressive Christianity see reconciliation as merely between people and not God, that it's better to act nicely than to believe "rightly", and that it's safer to ask questions and be unsure than supply orthodox answers. At the very root problem of these commands is that they fail to acknowledge the authority of Scripture. For Scripture tells us that reconciliation must take place between God and man before it can between men. Scripture also tells us that we cannot know to behave "rightly" if we are not told by Scripture what is right behavior. And finally, that remaining in a state of uncertainty is impossible. We are ALL certain about something. The question is whether that certainty is derived from God's Word or from our own carnal desires.