Dear Roger, I was wondering about the things that really matter in life. I’d like to do all that I can to please Jesus. I know that you must have thought a lot about this and so I would like to ask your opinion. What are the things that really matter? Sincerely, Crystal Dear Crystal, You’ve thrown me an easy, “softball” question.” Soon after we were married Julie...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Church Growth
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.
Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8
If God, Joseph and Mary went to such great lengths to bring salvation to us, so should we take the trouble to share the gospel with those around us.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-23
Several questions are posed in this series. What does the Bible say about marriage and divorce, women in ministry and self-esteem? Why do we suffer and how can we cope?
This week’s TIME magazine features a cover story on a new initiative against Internet pornography. These anti-porn activists, though, aren’t the caricatured pursed-lip moralists. They are instead young men who say that pornography has compromised their ability to function sexually in real life. The cover struck a chord with me because I’ve seen a similar situation show up...
Author: Russell Moore
At our church, Redeemer we often speak of serving, strengthening, and “renewing” New York City. When we talk like this, we must be careful not to deny “common grace.” We believe God gives all people — not just Christian believers — talent and insight to preserve and cultivate human life. But what if the Body of Christ in center city New York were, for example, to triple over...
Author: Tim Keller
A fresh look at the nature of Christ through the lens of Old Testament scripture and Jewish tradition.
Scripture: John 7:37, Leviticus 23:39-40, Isaiah 12:1-3
What labels do you apply to yourself? How do you see yourself? How do you define your humanity? Do you think of your limitations, your flaws of character, your sin? What do you call yourself? Adulterer? Thief? Prostitute? Black? White? Asian? Sinner? Worthless? Are these labels you apply? These labels, and others, may be true. But there is a greater truth to your existence....
Author: Tom Terry
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.
Scripture: 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:8, 2 Timothy 1:10, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Colossians 2:15
Topic: The Resurrection of Christ
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.
Scripture: John 10, Luke 15
Topic: Pastoral Ministry