Using the book of James as a backdrop, this series will outline practical realities for Christian living in today's culture. Key to all of it... the necessity to hold two principles on constant tension: LOVE and TRUTH. One without the other skews everything. Love Truth. Truth Loves.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus announces his purpose regarding the Law. He did not come to erase or minimize the law of Moses, but rather to fulfill it. He then makes a series of “you have heard” statements. He addresses the common teaching around anger, integrity, and love in these statements, but then shows how each of these should be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ words are to be the foundation of how we live as believers. In our world, the common understanding of anger, integrity, and love are centered around what is best for “self.” What would it be like if believers lived according to Jesus words? “But I say…” These are words to live by.
Sometimes a seemingly calm body of water can have hidden, yet treacherous, undercurrents that can sweep us off our feet and pull us into deeper water. The same thing can happen in our lives; anxiety, anger, and grief are just some of the "undercurrents" that can pull us into places we'd rather not go. How the believer deals with these crises is a testimony to the outside and an opportunity to be drawn closer to the Father.
God has got great plans for you! When we choose to follow Him, He gives us life now and for all eternity. He forgives our past, blesses us in the now, and prepares for us in Heaven. This series points to a reveals all that God has in store for those that come to Him.
This series will explore: Who is God? What is He like? One of the images used throughout the bible to describe God is “Fire”. He is all consuming. He draws us to himself. He provides for us. He comforts us. But make no mistake about it, misuse fire and you’ll be burned.
Sometimes we make life more complicated than is necessary. That’s especially true in marriage. When we understand the important of mutuality it can transform our marriages. It’s not just about love. It is about a mutual commitment to one another. Ephesians 5:21 is at the heart of it. Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ.
Everyone sees the need for awakening in our country. It begins with the church. It begins with the believer. As we turn the year into a new calendar, may we also find that a renewed experience awaits us. What will renewal require? What does renewal look like?
Sometimes the struggles and hurdles that we face in our lives can seem like giants in our way, but when we trust in God and follow Him with our lives we can claim victory over the biggest giants.