Passages: Acts 8:25-40
God has gone before us to work in the hearts of people who don't know Christ.
The brutal battle Jesus fought to obtain our freedom from sin is described. Adam left us a death sentence: We are separated from God as a result of sin. Sin is the root cause of our emptiness and our unhappiness. Because of sin, we are always weighed down. Jesus freed us from our life sentence. We have life because Jesus' sacrifice.
Passages: Luke 12:49-56
The “ready” position is the stance that an athlete takes to be prepared to take on any challenge. If you're ready, you are not afraid. Don't be afraid of tyrants, financial ruin, life or death. Fear God and you don't have to fear anything else.
Passages: Psalm 2; Hosea 11:4; Luke 1:35
The psalmist writes of Israel's expectation of God's Messiah, and the preservation of God's plan who produced the incarnation of God's Son.
The prophet Isaiah told Israel of a Messiah who was not only God, but He was their Prince of Peace and their Counselor. He walked in their shoes and was able to understand their deepest problems. We need a sympathetic Savior.
The Lamb of God is also the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. When Christ cleansed the Temple, He became furious at the blatant, presumptious sinfulness of God's people. We are God's Temple and must live holy lives.
Passages: John 10; Luke 15
Old Testament shepherds sacrificed their sheep. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, sacrificed Himself for us, His sheep. False shepherds only care about fleecing the sheep and stealing away their lives and their joy. Our only success in fulfilling our purpose in life is due to the unselfish love of the Good Shepherd, our Guide and Protector.
Passages: John 20:1-18
Mary Magdalene learned from the resurrected Christ that God is real, He loves her deeply and eternally, and she had a purpose to share Jesus with a broken world. Truly, Mary was the first missionary.
Every Christ-follower needs to claim their place of belonging in God's family, the church. God has gifted us uniquely to serve in the body and meet the needs of others.
Passages: Ruth 2-4
Boaz exemplified the generosity and condescension of Christ as he bestowed upon Ruth his undeserved favor. We should be grateful for grace and having received it, we give it.
Passages: Mark 12:41-44
We must live lives of generosity that reflect the character of a benevolent God. God ordained His work to be financed by the gifts of His people. Worshipful giving is determined by what is in the heart of the giver.
Passages: Ephesians 1:7; 5:15
People are so narrowly focused that they often miss the obvious. As believers, we are chosen and called for the praise of His glory. We must be careful to live with precision, intensity and integrity.
Passages: John 20
Sometimes there are compelling realities to life that move us to action. The resurrection should move us to take a risk with no reserves, no retreat and no regrets.
Passages: John 15:15
Jesus not only proclaimed Himself to be our shepherd, king, the Way, Truth and Life. He also chose to call us friends. A friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same!
Passages: Philippians 2:3-11
God loves us unconditionally and simply asks us to love Him intimately, humbly serve Him, and to walk with Him in submission and obedience.
Passages: Mark 14:1-9; Isaiah 53
The Messiah was broken and battered for the souls of mankind. Mary of Bethany's broken bottle of perfume symbolized her unconditional love for Jesus and her unconditional acceptance of His will. We are made in Christ's image when we experience brokenness through difficulty.
Passages: Acts 17:16-32
Unless we become like children-humble, teachable and trusting-we will never grow into the spiritual people God intends for us to be. The intellegencia in Athens were too proud to receive the Gospel.
Passages: Philippians 1:1-5
Paul expressed his thanks to God for his brothers and sisters in Christ. He prays for grace-the underserved favor of Christ to be upon them. He prays for the peace that results as we live our lives for His glory. We must believe the best of our brothers and sisters in Christ and forecast achievement for them.
Passages: 1Timothy 2:1-7
Paul encourages young pastor Timothy to pray always for those in authority so that the Gospel may be propigated throughout the world. God wants to seek and save the lost.
Passages: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8
Christ not only wants to save our souls for eternity, but He longs to redeem our lives here on earth by giving us a purpose in living. We can bring in His Kingdom by sharing the Gospel with the world and creating communities ofr justice, compassion, forgiveness and wholeness.
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