How can we live lives of peace? Paul has some thoughts and instructions for us. Check them out!
We regularly celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, but why? We answer that question in this sermon. Tune it in.
“We call it the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, because in it we are spiritually fed and nourished by the goodness of our Lord, and we in turn give him thanks for his kindness… It is meant to assume us that the body of our Lord Jesus Christ was once and for all delivered up for us, so it is now and forever will be ours; and also that his blood was once and for all shed for us, so that it is and always be ours.” — John Calvin
Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the Lord’s.
The story of the woman at the well’s conversion can be summed in five different pictures. They are:
- A Picture of a Woman talking with a Man.
- A Picture of a Confused Woman.
- A Picture of a Vulnerable Woman.
- A Picture of a Woman Who Has Surrendered Her Life to Her Savior.
- A Picture of a Woman Testifying to the glory of Her Savior.
Join us as we work through these pictures and see her store of conversion.
John 3:16 says that whosoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. It is true. Whomever should come to Jesus in faith will have eternal life. Plain and simple. The stories of Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) and the Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-26) prove this point. They are on opposite ends of the spectrum and yet they both have the privilege of coming to Christ in faith.
John the Baptist told his disciples that Jesus was greater than him. Jesus is from above and the one for whom the Church is being prepared. Jesus is the groom, and John was the one to prepare the world for Jesus’ arrival.
One of the hardest Christian doctrines for many to accept today is the concept of a God who judges people and sends them to hell — to spend an eternity away from him.
How can a good, loving God judge “good” people and send them to an eternity in hell?
This wasn’t a question for Nicodemus. He had no problem with the doctrine and reality of hell. He was an Old Testament Jew. He knew that the Gentiles — the non-Jews — would be judged by a holy and just God and sent to spend eternity out of his presence. He also knew that God is good and loving. He saw no contradiction in God’s character and had no problem with it.
The problem that exists for so many — perhaps just some of us — is a modern problem because it fundamentally arises from a modern view of man.
The term everlasting life in John 3:16 refers to a life that continues on after death with God in heaven and that becomes the possession of the believer in the here and now.
This everlasting life has both a quantitative and qualitative aspect. The life is eternal in quantity. It never ends. It is also qualitative in that it entails: fellowship with Christ, partaking in Christ’s love, partaking in Christ’s peace, partaking in Christ’s joy.
John 3:16 is, according to all accounts, the most familiar and widely quoted verse in the Bible, and for good reason. It is a verse that sums the entirety of the Bible’s message. Max Lucado has written,
“A twenty-six-word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions…The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16. He loves. He gave. We believe. We live…”
It is a great verse. It centers on the infinite love of God and the infinitely glorious way it has been made known. I want us to dive into its meaning this morning in the first of a three-part sermon titled: He Came to Love, Not Condemn. I plan to organize our thoughts around the following 2 main points:
- There is Only Way to Eternal Life.
- God Hs Made that Way Plain.
Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born again before he could see the kingdom of God. What does that mean? Join us and you’ll find out.