As we celebrate who Jesus is this Advent, we see that not only is He the Passover Lamb, but He is also the Kinsman-Redeemer. Join us as we journey through the story of Ruth in this sermon, and see the many ways in which Boaz, Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, foreshadows Jesus, the Kinsman-Redeemer of all who believe.
As we begin this season of Advent, our desire as a church is to center this time around Jesus, not materialism, not family outings (although those are often a blast), not vacation time, not leisure time, but Jesus. Today, we make the correlation between the Old Testament sacrificial system of the Passover Lamb with Jesus whom John the Baptist called, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." That should set the stage of our journey toward Christmas.
The Great Commission could easily be renamed The Everyday Commission. It is a call to discipleship. It is a call to disciple. It is more than a call to evangelism, or missions or Bible study. It is a call to worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. It is a pattern of life for all believers. The question shouldn't be, "Are you discipling someone?" The question should be, "Who are you discipling?"
We have come to the end of our journey in the book of Acts. But the end is merely the beginning. We are an extension of the 1st century church. We are an extension of the gentiles who were given the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those truths should motivate us to be a church on a mission.
The journey matters. Luke began the story of Paul's journey to Rome in Acts 21, and spent the next several chapters describing all that Paul went through to get there. In this message from Acts 28:1-16, we see the end of Paul's odyssey–his arrival to Rome. As we reflect on Paul's adventure, we'll discover some "road rules" that will help encourage us to persevere in the trial we'll face on our own life's journey.
Whether you like storms or not, sometimes we know when they are coming and sometimes they pop up "outta nowhere." Paul's experience with Luke & Aristarchus on the Mediterranean Sea has a profound impact on how we respond when our life is turned upside down. When wave after wave crashes in on us, what do we do? God makes is presence evident and we can anchor our souls to His promises. God always reveals His purposes in His time. These are truths we can cling to while navigating the storms.
What does it mean to "share your God-story?" Paul was a master communicator, but when it came to sharing his God-story, he was meticulously simple. Paul took the time to explain, to an unbelieving audience, his encounter with Jesus. The greatest part of the greatest story ever told is the story of what God has done in us through His son, Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Conversion rocks your world!
We live in extremely crazy days...well according to our usual American dream. How do Christians live in a world where corruption is the norm? How do Christians live in a world where persecution may be on the increase? The apostle Paul gave us an example to live by. Our faith in Christ and our eternal hope is where we fix our eyes. Paul is on trial by a corrupt political system & religious order. How he handles that corruption and persecution will teach us how to live a life that trusts God no matter the circumstances and gives us the energy to persevere.
Guest speaker, Dr. Keith Shubert, concluded our study on Daniel by weaving the truth of the doctrine of the sovereignty of God through the first 6 chapters of Daniel. As he concluded with Daniel and the Lions Den, the challenge was laid before us as to how Christ followers act & react to a corrupt culture, corrupt government, & broken world.
Daniel was an ambassador for God. What happened in Daniel 5 is one of the most incredible events in the history of the world...the day Babylon fell. God again was using Daniel to speak into the life of a leader gone rogue. Today we will learn some lessons from the life of Belshazzar as well as lessons from the life of Daniel. God has given us a clear message and made us ambassadors of Christ. How do we stand as ambassadors in this culture?