When He shed His perfect blood for us at the cross, the Lamb, our Saviour Jesus Christ paid for our sins once and for all. But that does not mean we do not grieve the Holy Spirit when we sin. In Psalm 51, David cries out to God after he realizes the evil of his transgressions of adultery and murder, and through his sorrow and pain, we see how merciful our Lord is when He is faced with a heart of true confession.
Through this message we are getting the know our Saviour more, through the doctrine of the Person of Christ. We will examine four affirmation statements with the doctrine of Christ which look at His full and complete divinity and humanity, and how His divine and human natures are distinct and completely united in one person. This is what we need to know—this is what we need to love!
For the Christian, persecution is a good sign. I know I’m living that Blessed life when I’m living the persecuted life. But what’s critical about this passage is that it’s persecution for the right reason. It’s the persecution that comes from shining the light of Christ in a dark world. That kind of persecution, Jesus promises, comes with a great reward and will always end well—always!
Ephesians 5:22-23 says, "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord". Today we learn that there's an enormous difference between the world's definition of submission and God's definition of submission. The marriage that God blesses is filled with awesome love and respect... with a knowledge of the equally important, but different, roles of the wife and her husband. As marriages seem to crumble around us, this is an impactful message for all... old, young, married, single.
He was a man after God's own heart, yet David suffered from worry, anxiety and fear, just like we do. Today's message, reflecting on Psalm 27, reminds us that only God is in control, so there's really no sense fearing the future. Instead, we must pray, welcome biblical teaching, be patient, and never ever lose faith.
As we ponder the amazing truth that we need not succumb to fear in this life because God always has our back, we also need to remember to replace that fear with an endless pursuit of Him. David's love for the Lord was his one passion, and so his praise of God was on fire. Is your heart on fire for God? Time for a heart check!
What an incredibly simple concept: when you put your faith in the Lord, you have nothing to fear; not today... not tomorrow... not ever! In this three part series examining the powerful words of David in his Psalm 27, we learn that, in the darkness of this world, only God is the light and the salvation. Rest assured that even when all hope is lost, He has your back.
We're praying that throughout this series, the Lord has been working in many hearts... indeed, in your heart... acting as a filter to separate what is essential and what is worldly rubbish. In this, our last One Thing lesson, we consider Hebrews 7:26-28 and the astounding, perfect truth: once for all, the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, white as snow, pure, holy, fully man and yet fully God, offered up Himself for us, and for all our hateful sin. One Thing, One Person, in My Place? Rejoice, for it is truly well with my soul!
Time for a heart check! As we continue in our series with today's One Thing, we learn that as believers, we need to constantly... daily!... examine where our hearts are in relationship with our treasures. Luke 12:34 sums it up in one powerful phrase: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". What do you covet on this earth? What do you value? Where do you give? What do you treasure?
God willing, we've been learning through this latest series that the One Thing we need to concentrate on is the passionate pursuit of our awesome God. Today we discover that we need to be "a spirit come from God and returning to God", and therefore, we must hunger, long for and pursue the spiritual meal that only Jesus Christ can provide.