Oct 8, 2023
The Treasure Principle “Buried Treasure”
Matthew 6:19-21, 13:44
 
When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures in this life, it’s not because wealth might be lost; it's because wealth will always be lost. Everyone has heard the proverb, “You can’t take it with you.” That’s true. But Jesus goes further, he tells us that we can't take it with us – but we can send it on ahead.
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  • Oct 8, 2023The Treasure Principle “Buried Treasure”
    Oct 8, 2023
    The Treasure Principle “Buried Treasure”
    Matthew 6:19-21, 13:44
     
    When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures in this life, it’s not because wealth might be lost; it's because wealth will always be lost. Everyone has heard the proverb, “You can’t take it with you.” That’s true. But Jesus goes further, he tells us that we can't take it with us – but we can send it on ahead.
  • Oct 1, 2023Romans: “Living With Purpose”
    Oct 1, 2023
    Romans: “Living With Purpose”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 15:14-33
     
    In light of the gospel, what constitutes a well-lived life? What is the difference between a ‘wasted’ life, and a worthy life?
  • Sep 24, 2023Romans: “Unity Over Uniformity”
    Sep 24, 2023
    Romans: “Unity Over Uniformity”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 14
     
    If we fully understand the gospel and experience the gospel , the result will be a life of grateful, joyous love that transforms our relationships with ourselves, other Christians, and the world, both with friends and enemies. Now, in chapter 14, he has an opportunity to apply all he has been saying to the Roman congregation where there was a spirit of rejection instead of rejection.
  • Sep 10, 2023Romans: “Loving Both Friends and Enemies”
    Sep 10, 2023
    Romans: “Loving Both Friends and Enemies”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 12:9-21
     
    Jesus said the single-most defining characteristic of his church should be its love. So what does that love look like and where does it come from? What does love toward our friends look like? And (maybe more importantly) what does love toward our enemies look like?
  • Sep 3, 2023Romans: “Living Sacrifices”
    Sep 3, 2023
    Romans: “Living Sacrifices”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 12:1-2
    Paul gives us a springboard for the Christian life in a disarmingly simple phrase: "living sacrifices." To be a “living sacrifice” is to be fully at God’s disposal. It means, actively, to be willing to obey God in anything he says in any area of life; and, passively, to be willing to thank God for anything he sends in any area of life.
  • Aug 27, 2023Romans: “The Mystery and Power of God”
    Aug 27, 2023
    Romans: “The Mystery and Power of God”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 11
     
    As Paul continues to wrestle with God's faithfulness to the Jewish people, and the Jewish nation's rejection of Jesus, he reflects on how God is always doing something that we didn't know about. That leads him to end the chapter with praise.
  • Aug 20, 2023Romans: “Confess and Believe”
    Aug 20, 2023
    Romans: “Confess and Believe”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 10:1-21
     
    Paul follows up the discussion in Romans 9 about God's faithfulness and Israel's unbelief and talks about what we do need to do to receive the salvation Jesus has accomplished for us: we confess that Jesus is Lord, and we believe with our hearts in his life, death, and resurrection. Since the heart is a token of the whole self, this means we are to trust our whole self to the person and work of Christ as our righteousness. We are to transfer our trust from our own efforts to be righteous to Christ’s righteousness on our behalf. That is the faith that saves.
     
  • Aug 13, 2023Romans: Assurance in God’s Promises
    Aug 13, 2023
    Romans: Assurance in God’s Promises
    Series: Romans
    Romans 9:1-33
     
    After ending Romans 8 with a beautiful declaration that God will see to completion the great work of salvation in His church, Paul answers a natural question from the Gentile and Jewish believers in the Roman church: "Well, what about the Jewish people? They rejected Jesus, so didn't God's promises to them fail? If God's promises to the Jewish people failed, why won't the promises of the gospel fail?" Paul takes the next three chapters to explain that God's promises never fail, even when human beings do.
  • Aug 6, 2023Romans: “Facing Life With Confidence”
    Aug 6, 2023
    Romans: “Facing Life With Confidence”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 8:28-39
     
    A Christian’s hope for the future— their own future, and that of the whole of creation— is a foundation for enabling us to face each day, and all it brings, with confidence.
  • Jul 30, 2023Romans: “Groaning in the Spirit”
    Jul 30, 2023
    Romans: “Groaning in the Spirit”
    Series: Romans
    Romans 8:13-27
     
    As we walk by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He helps us to see how it is that our faith in Christ prepares us to face the unavoidable brutalities of life.