How do you live a single life through the lens of Scripture? How do you counsel singles as a married couple? These are two of the many questions answered in this short discussion on singleness. We hope that this will spur on further discussion in the church.
Though as a church we have moved to a different location our mission and our message has not changed. We see that message here in Galatians 2:1-14. Paul explains that there is only one gospel, and those who believe it should care for the poor and fellowship with all types of believers. Our acceptance of the gospel is intended to bring a new way of life, not just morally but socially. Our relationships should change as we dwell on the gospel of Christ. The proper response to God’s grace, is to show grace and welcome to others. There is only one gospel, and that one gospel creates one new people. Therefore, Know the gospel, display gospel compassion, and work in the gospel in your heart, so that your conduct reflects it.
2 Kings 23:31-25:30
When we hear the gospel there are 3 questions we must answer. One, who is Jesus? Two, What did Jesus come to do? Three, what does Jesus call us to do? These are basic fundamental questions that everyone must answer.
Samson is not our hero, he himself needs deliverance, but he is pointing forward to the Hero we need. Why is he not? Because the only one that can ascend the hill of the Lord is the man with clean hands and a pure heart… the wages of sin is death and Samson falls short. There will be another whose birth was miraculously foretold by an Angel, who is Spirit-anointed to take on the enemies of God and His people, who is betrayed by his own people and given over to pagan oppressors, who is betrayed by a kiss for silver, who is arrested, not blinded, but blindfolded and mocked and humiliated by a foreign army, who seems to be forsaken by God, who’s victory would crush the heads of his enemies, & would gain greater victory in His death than life. However, this man is no rebel, and this man does not give in to his appetites; this one’s death, unlike Samson’s who’s death killed God’s enemies, will actually rescue and save God’s enemies. This is Jesus of Nazareth!
Most of us love our children, but that is not the issue. The issue is: do your
children feel loved? We will love our children by educating them, and we will grow our children by encouraging them. We must love our children by introducing them to the perfect Father who condescended to our level and who will never leave or forsake us.
Jesus saves us from futility, gives our lives meaning and significance, because everything that is done in his name here matters.
The resurrection changes everything.
• This was what changed the world.
• This changed the disciples.
John said, “We saw him, we touched him”
Do you believe?
• Let the evidence challenge your mind
• Let his grace change your heart
• Let his mission consume your life
The tomb is empty; the throne is occupied. Believe! Rejoice! Relax! Labor! Anticipate!