In the cemetery, surrounded by untold number of dead bodies Jesus proclaimed Himself to be “the resurrection and the life.” Martha believed it. Do we?
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An overview look at 1 John, particularly the spiral nature of the outline of the book with three main points — the reality of Jesus, God’s son come in the flesh, the need of faithfulness and love — repeatedly taught and building to new heights.
Showing Christ to the world.
Jesus took up a towel and served, and told us to take up our cross. He never told us to take up our pitchfork.
We have a mixed relationship with justice and holiness. We alternately want it pursue or we want to flee from it. What is justice so important to us? How do we even come by the notion of it? Study with us.
In Luke 13, Jesus was asked about tragedy/atrocity the killed a number of people. Was it because they were being punished by God? Jesus tells us how to take a personally beneficial lesson from any tragedy.
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.”