The Lord is a Redeemer who delivers His people from bondage to freedom, from slavery to salvation, from misery to joy. That’s what He did for Israel. That’s what He has done for us! Let’s celebrate our Redeemer and invite others to join us.
The temptation of being drawn away by the seductions of the world and false doctrine is very real. The goal of this series is the same as the goal of John’s letter: to help believers experience Assurance of Salvation, Abiding in Christ, & Affection for Others.
We are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.” As citizens of another kingdom, how are we supposed to live in this culture and engage this culture with the Gospel of God’s kingdom?
Jesus instructs each of the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2-3, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” There are too many deaf churches in the world today. The goal of this series is to listen to our Savior and do what He says.
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:44-45). Nowhere in the Scriptures do we see Christ more glorious than when He stoops down to our level and identifies with us. He heals the sick, raises the dead, preaches the truth, and offers hope to sinners like you and me. He bears our sin and endures our punishment on the cross. The Gospel of Mark specifically focuses on Jesus as the Servant King (Mark 10:35-45). So the chief aim of this series is to put a spotlight on Jesus Christ, the Servant King. Because, what you behold, you become!
The devil constantly tempts us to disbelieve the promises & providence of God. The world steadily tries to seduce us to worship & serve the creation rather than the Creator. Our own flesh always wants to rise up within us and fulfill its lusts. The devil, the world, and the flesh are bearing down on us trying to prevent us from joyfully loving God & others. If we are going to stand strong in this world for Jesus Christ, we must go deeper! We must get stronger. We must be deeply rooted in the soil of the Gospel and firmly cemented by the power of Christ’s death & resurrection. If we aren’t deeply rooted in the Gospel and firmly cemented in Christ, the trials & temptations of life are going to happen, and we’re not going to be able to stand firm. We’re going to lean and we’re going to fall, if we aren’t dug down deep.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Principle: It is the will of God for you to deeper in the faith.
In one sense, the quality of your life is determined by the decisions that you make every hour of every day. This series equips you to make the right decisions for the right reasons. We don’t need to have a veneer of wisdom or an appearance of godliness without the real power. We’re aiming toward having real wisdom for our real, everyday lives.
Real life is life with God. It’s not simply making good decisions and instilling moral fiber into our lives. It’s pursuing the kind of life where we can have greater intimacy with God as we pursue His wisdom & His righteousness.
I & II Samuel
God is building His kingdom through brokenness, sin, pain, prayer, resolve, and praise. He is building His kingdom through crisis & chaos. We must see that and believe it. In the midst of our crisis & chaos, we must not run from God, but rather run to Him for help and hope. We must run to His beloved Son & anointed King – Jesus Christ. And at His throne we will find the skill to live in this present chaos & hang on to Christ until the fullness of His future kingdom is ushered in.
- Watch your walk – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
- Redeem the time – making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
- Know the Lord – Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
The goal of this series is for us to walk skillfully as worshipers… workers… husbands/wives… parents/kids… church members… ambassadors.
There is a difference between knowing more about Christ and knowing more of We don’t merely want to proclaim Christ so that we will know more about Him. We want to proclaim Him so that we will know more of Him! In order to do that, we study Paul’s letter to the Philippians.