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
When my wife and I purchased our first home, I determined our lawn would be at least comparable to that lovely lush landscape of the guy two doors down. Our street took a lot of pride in curbside appeal. I joined them in the weekly ritual of weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, watering, raking, trimming and brimming with pride. I spent a lot of time rooting shrubs and...
Author: Thabiti Anyabwile
How do we balance justice and forgiveness? "Can we pray for justice, and yet love our enemy at the same time?" The answer is yes. But let's start with our own guilt. Christians know that if God dealt with us only according to justice, we would perish under his condemnation. We are guilty of treason against God in our sinful pride and rebellion. We deserve only judgment....
Author: John Piper
Scripture: Romans 4:5-5, Romans 3:25-26, Romans 5:10-10, Romans 12:14-20, Luke 23:34-34
Are there tears in heaven for believers? Of course, we are saved by faith, but Scripture teaches that God "will wipe away" every tear. Certain passages teach that our judgment will include both rewards and loss, that we will be judged by actions and motives. One day our closet motives will come to light. Everything we take pride in ultimately was received from God and will be...
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3 - 4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 4:21, Matthew 7:21, Matthew 22:36-40
Having money to spend is power and the way we spend it impacts people's lives. The prophet Micah teaches that we must live a life in submission to God's will, treat people with grace and compassion and never ignore injustice. Help the poor and vulnerable.
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Micah 6:8, Psalm 146:7-9, Deuteronomy 10:17-18, Job 29:12-17, Job 31:13-23
Job's suffering and subsequent restoration teach us three important truths: Forgiveness is worth asking for, justice is worth waiting for, and there is no mercy without justice. God sees Job's heart and uses him to restore his friends who have so misrepresented God's intentions. What emerges is a picture of the cross -- God's justice satisfied and mercy revealed.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Job 42:7-10, Psalm 11:7, Micah 7:18-19, Jeremiah 5:12-13, Jeremiah 5:30-31
The time when the Book of Judges was written was a dark time in the history of God's people, where they waffled and struggled. But this time was highlighted by brilliant moments of faith from individuals God raised up to rally his people back to Himself. God still used imperfect heroes to lead and to remind them that He cared, He noticed and He didn't give up on us. It's a...
The injustices of life in government, oppression and death can cloud our vision of the heavenly life. Don’t be shocked by injustice. It is the result of man’s fallen nature. Don’t give in to injustice. Be a difference maker. Seeking God in prayer allows Him to penetrate our hearts for this hurting world.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:1-3, Ecclesiastes 5:8-9, Ecclesiastes 5:18-19, Matthew 25, 1 Peter 2:11
When I was a young believer, I committed to memory Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Admittedly, I had no clue what “the dividing of soul and spirit,...
Author: Frank Viola
Topic: Jesus Christ
Saul was a bad king. He was impatient when he should have waited, and he hesitated when he should have advanced. Chapter 15 of 1st Samuel is a dark moment for Saul. He was at war with Israel’s arch-enemy, the Philistines. He was outgunned and outnumbered. He’d had a few fantastic victories, but no one expected his winning streak to continue and everyone knew this war would...
Author: Jeff Elkins