Sermons from August 2018
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12 More than being a God who loves, our God IS love. He cannot do anything that isn’t loving, even if we don’t understand how love fits in. The ultimate expression of his love is not that he sacrificed someone for our sins, but he sacrificed His Only Begotten Son for our sins. In response, we are called to love one another. This is the first of four lessons related to the fact that our God is love.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 2:24 What is the Bible’s clearest & simplest statement explaining marriage? For all the different ways man has conducted it’s marriage vows over the centuries, there is one statement about marriage that the Bible repeats four times. What’s amazing is that this statement remains unchanged. Before we can defend our idea of marriage, we should recognize God’s profound and concise statement about this special relationship He created. As is so often the case, understanding God’s intention and expectation helps us to understand Him and live more hopefully and joyfully.
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Abram has all the markings of adulthood. He is of age. He has struck out on his own. Abram worships God wherever he goes. He is married, and although childless, cares for his nephew Lot. Is Abram’s faith ready for adulthood? Genesis 12 is an illustration of the concept in 1 Corinthians 1:26 where God uses seemingly small things to shame those who boast in their strength. Before Abram becomes the great father of our faith, God uses everyday challenges like hunger and fear to humble Abram and keep him focused on living faithfully. Much of our Bible’s credibility comes from its willingness to critique even its greatest heroes.
Brazil missions update 2018
God’s Love for Us Scripture: Romans 5:6-11 God is love. He chose to love Israel even though they were “the least of all peoples.” In the same way, he chose to love us even though we were weak, ungodly, sinful and God’s enemies. Every thing Jesus did, from miracles to teachings to rebukes, and ultimately going to the cross, was done because he loves us. The entire gospel story is built on the fact of God’s love for people who don’t deserve to be loved that much.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:6-11 The story of Israel is the story of God’s love. God chose flawed people, such as Abraham, to create His special people. God chose weak, ungodly and rebellious Israel to be His special treasure on earth. Even the commandments of God, against which Israel so often rebelled, were the gift of a loving God. They were God’s people because of His love, and they should obey His commands for the same reason. Additional Referenced Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:32-36 Deuteronomy 4:37-40 Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10 Deuteronomy 4:7 Joshua 25:2-3, 15, Genesis 22:8; Deuteronomy 7:11 Deuteronomy 8:5-6 Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5; Romans 11:1; 10:13