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In John 8, Jesus address people who were trying hard not to believe and to misconstrue what He was saying. In this sermon, we consider a great and bold statement from Him that comes from this.
This chapter full of connections — mentioning the shared faith and experience of 34 different people and groups — is the spiritual equivalent of the “______ begat _______” of the Old Testament. The “begat” chapters told of the physical and family connections of a physical covenant. The shared faith relationships of a spiritual covenant tell the same type of study.
At look at the common biblical figures for danger and destruction to believers drawn by descriptions as animals. Starting with the lion, the “king of the jungle,” and on down to various types of dogs, beasts and vipers, what lessons do we learn from these animal metaphors?
God cannot lie. Satan can’t seem to not to. Study with us Satan’s deceptions and God’s truth.
Continuing one of the great themes of Romans, “living by faith,” and in particular of living together (beginning in Romans 14), the first part of Romans 15 continues and states this theme several times. We might summarize this section of “Accept one another — the the glory of God, as was prophesied.”
Rick Erb’s lesson takes us on a survey of several passages that teach of the importance of trusting in the Lord.
Today many sins, especially those that have behaviors that can be called “addictive,” have been redefined as a diseases, sicknesses. While acknowledging that the “disease model” of treatment can help people mitigate or cease their sins, we must acknowledge they scripture tells of a moral responsibility to behavior, and the great need for the gospel is that “all have sinned,” not “all are sick.”
Visiting preachers, and preacher here in years past, Roy Fields reminds of some "Old Words" that we are to remain faithful too no matter how much time goes by.
A brief look at a strange little incident in the life of Christ where Peter is asked about Jesus paying a tax for the temple and him answering for Jesus. Then the tax being paid with money found in a fish even though Jesus shouldn't have needed to pay.
Part of the apostle Paul’s argument against those who denied the resurrection was to tell of some the horrible consequences if it were not coming. And then, he says that he and those working with him had so sold our their lives and suffered so much for the hope that it brought, that were the saddest of all sad-sacks if it weren’t coming.
We continue to see what the “just shall live by faith” looks like in everyday living as we see our obligations to government, to others and the need for watchfulness. This all culminates in the instruction, “Clothe yourself with Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regards to its lusts.”
As the book of Romans began, the apostle Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel, for it was God’s saving power for us, and the result would be that the just shall live by faith. In Romans 12 we begin to see what that looks like as we make ourselves a living sacrifice and apply a new type of ethic — one of love for others and trust in God to our lives.
Paul told the Corinthians to boast in the Lord, if they were going to boast because Christ is for us our wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
Contrary to all nature, God chose to graft wild wood onto the cultivated tree -- that is, He brought the Gentiles into His fellowship by the gospel. The Jews, the people the Law prepared for Christ, didn't all come in, but many Gentiles enthusiastically came to God's invitation.