Examining in more depth our current theme, O The Blood, our passage in Hebrews 10:19-25 teaches that because of the blood spilled by Jesus at Calvalry, we're now free to draw close to God, and that our sins are forgiven, once and for all. We don't deserve His mercy, so Paul suggests we each encourage each other to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds"...
A wise pastor often shared with his congretation a beautiful truth: that Jesus on the cross represents "the death of death in the death of Christ." An amazing, life-changing notion, that we sinners, by the blood Jesus shed for us, have a relationship with God and that we, through grace by faith, have a place with Him in Heaven if we simply accept His free gift to us. Christ finished His work on the cross and through His blood, we are truly saved. That is the Gospel!
Today, we continue in God's Word, expressing wonder, awe and love as we learn just how precious is the blood Jesus spilled for us... sinners all... who deserved to take His place on that Good Friday. His blood represents to us our inheritance, our mediation, our forgiveness, our freedom, and our longing. What an amazing sacrifice that saved our lives!
In this essential series for the cross-driven Christian, we delve into the inexplicable, incredible, awesome sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us, unworthy sinners, when he shed His precious blood at Calvary. Scripture tells us in Hebrews 9:1-14, the old covenants and rituals were rendered obselete by His death: Jesus, the Lamb of God, had and has forged a bridge between man and God, the Father, forever.
What a roller coaster ride this little book of Jonah has been! Hope you've been blessed as we unpack the beautiful truths in this amazing series. Today marks our last instalment in Jonah and here we discover that despite all of God's saving grace and mercy, Jonah still doesn't get it! We learn from Jonah's reaction that anytime we are immersed in self: self-pity, self-centeredness, self-absorption or self-denial, we are self-deceived. Only our Saviour gives hope. Time for a heart check!
We hope you're being blessed in our series right now, which captures an exciting and enlightening look at the Book of Jonah! To recap what's happened so far: Jonah was called by God, rebelled and fled from God, and after finding himself in the belly of a great fish, prayed to God to save him. Of course, our God, who loves to give grace, mercy and second chances, saves Jonah. But for what? Let's discover together what happens next! A sneak peek: incredible evangelism and transformation!
After fleeing from God in disobedience, Jonah finds himself in the belly of a great fish... proving you can run but you can't hide! Now that he feels he's faced with sure death, Jonah calls out to our Lord in his distress and desperation. And it's at these moments, when we find ourselves completely broken, that we at last understand the grace and mercy of God, and it's at these moments that He provides deliverance.
In the famous Old Testament story, Jonah thought he could flee the call of God. He was so wrong! As we continue to discuss Jonah's futile plan to escape God, and God's response: pursuing Jonah to expose him and break him so that He might love and bless him even more, it's time to ask yourself: are there places in your life where you're running from God? Because you must believe: you can run but you can't hide!
In Psalm 139, David cries "Where shall I flee from your presence?" Today, we begin an examination of the incredible adventure of the prophet Jonah, and we'll quickly begin to discover the amazing truth that though we may try to flee from God, it's a game we cannot win! He will pursue us relentlessly, and in the end, He will find us no matter how far we go.
So if the Word of God is inspired and inerrant; reliable and trustworthy; if it is sufficient and necessary; if it is superior—well then, we don’t negotiate the Bible with God. This book is mandatory! Therefore, today I see that I must accept the charge; I must preach the word; I must anticipate resistance and I must fulfill my ministry. And the only reason we have a ministry is by God’s grace—and the only way we fulfill it is by God’s grace!