- The Resurrection Message Jesus Gave By His Seven Words from the Cross
Date: Apr 24, 2011 | Passage: Luke 24:33-45
Series: Our Risen Savior
From the dying lips of Jesus, from His raging-thirst-dried-mouth, in the midst of excruciating pain, even though being crushed by the horrors of sin and death and the pains of hell—Jesus carefully and clearly speaks. If we will listen, Jesus is speaking to each of us today from His Crucifixion. From Resurrection morning and onward, Jesus taught His disciples in the reality of what God accomplished through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Those disciples needed help to fully understand all that had taken place—and so do we.
Christ's Last Words To His Church: The Book of Revelation
- Christ's Last Words to His Church: The Book of the Revelation
Date: Feb 13, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 1:1-8
The Book of Revelation explains for us that God the Son, Jesus Christ the Creator is here on the ground guiding His Church to accomplish His purposes in the world. Much like a coach on the floor with his team, Jesus Christ is walking around and watching us play our positions He gave us to play. That is perhaps the most arresting truth in all the Bible for us. We are not alone, the Coach Himself, our Creator is personally wanting to help us get done what He desires us to do.
- God's Reminder to Us - Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Date: Feb 27, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 1:9-20
Do you sometimes feel distant from the Lord? We have the Bible, we have the church, we have all those books and music, and tools that remind us of the Lord. But, as we go through all the struggles of life, most of us seem to arrive at those distant times, feeling far from the Lord. If we take the time to fully understand what lies before us in this passage, we will find that Revelation 1 was a very special gift to the Church reminding each of them back 2,000 years ago, and each of us today that Jesus Christ is the same.
- His Powerful, Penetrating, and Purifying Gaze
Date: Mar 6, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 1:14
God first wants us as His servants who struggle through life to see: Jesus is a Compassionate Priest who ever lives to pray, encourage, help, and encourage us in our walk through life for Him. Remember that God never commands me to do what He hasn’t already given me the grace to accomplish by faith through His Spirit!
- Christ's Chastening and Comforting Work in His Church
Date: Mar 13, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 1:15
Jesus had done an onsite examination, and now He was asking John to write the report and send it back to each of those churches. The report was not good, but the situation was not hopeless. In each instance all that was needed was a change of mind that would lead to a change in behavior. That is what Jesus asked for: repentence!
- When Jesus Visits His Church and Finds Unrepentant Sins
Date: Mar 20, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 1:14-15
Jesus with piercing eyes of holiness and glowing feet of chastisement is headed to stomp out the sin that is dimisnishing His power in His Church. Why are we given such a seemingly negative message from the Lord, through John in Revelation 1-3? Why would Jesus discourage His Church just as they were entering the hardest time in their existence? Because the Church is strongest when it is purest.
- Why Jesus Chastens His Church: He wants us Fruitful and Pleasing God
Date: Mar 27, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 2:1-3:1
The description of Christ emphasizes His work within His Church as He identifies and deals with anything that would hinder the message, fruitfulness, or effectiveness of His Church. Do I seek to get rid of anything in my life that displeases Him, and give up anything that hinders me from even more responding to His desires?
- Jesus is Always Encouraging the Fruitfulness of His Church - Is My Life Fruitful and Pleasing to God?
Date: May 1, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 2:1-3:1
Have you ever noticed that when ever Jesus described us as His children in the Gospels, somewhere nearby He spoke of fruitfulness? Jesus is here with His Church seeking that we offer more and more of the soil of our lives to come under His cultivation. He desires even more than we ever could, that our lives bear the crop of fruit that pleases God.
- How Does Jesus Cultivate Fruitfulness in the Lives of Believers?
Date: May 15, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 2:1-3:1
Jesus desires from each member of His Body, a life that is plowed, planted, and watered: so that we produce a harvest of fruit that pleases Him. Jesus sent us a description in Revelation 1-3 of how He prepares and cultivates the lives of those in His Church. To be fruitfully bringing glory to God from our lives we need to be healthy. The Lord measures our health in four areas. Why not pause to do a spiritual health diagnostic?
- Christ's Five Expectations for His Church Declared in Rev 2 & 3
Date: May 22, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 2:1-3:1
Each believer has a personal responsibility to hear God speak through His Word, and obey what He has said in His Word. Pleasing God is always tied to receiving and acting upon the Word. If you are sporadic in the Word, you will sporadic in pleasing the Lord. The key is to live by a daily application time with the Lord through His Word. To please God, to experience His Hand most fully upon our lives, Jesus says each of us need to decide we will not neglect what God desires in our lives.
- God's Desire For Christs Church is Crucified Living
Date: Jun 5, 2011 | Passage: Revelation 2:1-3:1
Sanctification is unleashing the power of the Cross, into our daily choices. The saints at Laodicea had neglected for way too long what they needed for their spiritual souls, because they were so distracted by their materialistic pursuits of pleasure. Jesus was crucified to save us and redeem us as His obedient, consecrated servants. He opens the way for us to be crucified to the power of sin, the lusts of the world, and the bondage to self.