What is the point of pulling all of these different parts of God's law together? Leviticus 19 prepares us for the evening sermon on the Lord's Day. In these thirty-seven verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that in every part of God's law for His church, that which motivates obedience and shapes applicational details is sincere and active relating to the holy God Who has redeemed us into covenant with Himself.
An airport in December is something of a sad and dreary place. It's full of holiday decorations and a veneer of Christmas cheer, and yet most of the people there are trying to reach a destination but don't know where they're ultimately going. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse unpacks Titus 3:3, drawing out the characteristics of a world system starved for joy. You'll see the dire condition of our hearts and lives apart from Christ - and you'll be led to greater joy in knowing and loving Him.
Here we find that Jesus' brethren who did not believe in Him sought to counsel Him about what He should be doing. We should take the Lord's example and not take counsel from people who are not believers. Everything these people thought Jesus should do sounds remarkably the same as we hear in most churches about how to reach the lost. Here the source of such so called wisdom was an unbelieving heart, which is reason enough to reject it, just as Jesus did.
Stand Down Genesis 13:1-18 When Relationships Collide: Thriving in the Midst of Conflict. It's only natural that we seek what is best for us. When conflict enters a relationship, most of us want to preserve the relationship, but we're still going to look after our own interests. After all, "If I don't look after my own interests, who will?" Compromise can often be an option, but sometimes the best option is simply to put aside our own interests and let the other person "win." As a result, we can receive the greater benefit of preserving and even strengthening the relationship. Abram, whose name means "the exalted father," was a native of Chaldea and a descendant of Shem, the son of Noah. Abram was born in Ur about 2160 B.C. When he was 70 years old, he migrated with his father Terah, his nephew Lot, and his wife Sarah to Haran Gen. 11:27-31 in response to God's call. After his father Terah died in Haran, God renewed His call to Abram and he departed for the land of Canaan Gen. 12:1,5. Compelled by a famine, Abram went to Egypt where he tried to deceive Pharaoh about his relation to Sarah. After the plot was discovered, Abram, Lot, and Sarah left Egypt and returned to Canaan.There problems developed between Abram's and Lot's herdsmen.I wonder how many family fights have been caused by the love of money.The heart of every problem is the problem in the heart. Lot's heart was centered on wealth and worldly achievement, while Abraham wanted only to please the Lord.The world's wisdom and the world's wealth seem so satisfying, but they ultimately bring disappointment.Abram was walking in fellowship with God, and his heart was satisfied.
What is the inner life of a believer like? Matthew 5:4–6 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the inner life of a believer is one of longing for Christ, and for what we shall be like, in Him, at last.
The difference between a true minister of the new covenant of the Spirit, as was Paul, and a false apostle, as was his opponents, is that for Paul the message of the cross had been fully integrated into his character, while the false apostles remained morally decadent, unregenerate servants of Satan. In this episode, we examine how to move from a partially integrated character to becoming fully integrated with the message of the cross.
Since at least the end of World War II, it became a "thing" for people to go off to themselves or travel to parts unknown in order to "find themselves". That is the modern equivalent of our Proverb's reference to "his heart may discover itself".
Also Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:31, Romans 12:1-2
Greetings and welcome! This is our worship service for November 19, 2023. Today we continue our series in the Book of Philippians in chapter 3 with the calling to be thankful and to pursue holiness. Thanks for joining us!
"Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the Law" Proverbs 29:18 Sadly this verse has been misused to support pseudo spiritual endeavors, hybrids of Christianity and entrepreneurial aspirations. It is a timely verse for the Church as it calls us back to preaching the Word and showing us the true way of blessing in Christ!
Jesus was and is rejected by the world because His title, ministry and mission is not worldly but of the Kingdom of God. Even His own home town and family rejected Him. So we, too, in our call for repentance and faith, will face rejection in this world.
The recovery principle that one must gain a spiritual awakening and then expand upon that spiritual experience, is sound and true, at least in theory. In practice, however, one must look beyond a subjective spirituality to discover an objective spirituality. In this brief exhortation we examine Christian spirituality as the only true objective spirituality for it centers on Christ and not one's self.
At the end of the day, there is an emphatic opposition between human wisdom and the message of the cross. Here we see that the gospel will always be offensive, or stupid, or just plain irrelevant and unhelpful in the eyes of the world. But here we also see that to those who are being saved, to those who are called by God, here is nothing more wise and more powerful as the preaching of Christ and Him crucified. For in the Christian life, we never move beyond the gospel, as if the gospel is just for the forgiveness of sin where we then progress on to better things. For to move beyond the gospel is to move beyond Christ Himself.
In this message from 2 Corinthians 11: 16-33, we see the sufferings for Christ and Paul's need to "boast" of them in our text. We consider this in 1) A Necessary Foolishness, 2) Sufferings for Christ, and 3) A Window in the Wall. As always I claim no originality, but will cite, quote, refer to various sources including, Naylor, Ortlund, Denny, Philip E. Hughes, R. Kent Hughes, and others.