Prayer, giving, discipleship, coming together keeps everybody informed, of one mind, and focused on the purpose God has given us together as a congregation of His Church. If you are not connected or plugged in, how are you actively a part of what God is seeking to accomplish?
Listen here: Sermon brought to you by Pastor Luke Seidler
The resurrection of Jesus is a call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). It is a call to learn and grow, to seek, to mature, it is a call to reason – an appeal from God to those dead in their sin, to come out of the tomb, to come to the light and receive eternal life.
The resurrection stops his people from asking, “what is best for me?”
The resurrection, the new life we have in Christ, allows us, enables us, to forgive others, ourselves, Jesus said “Forgive them for they now not what they do.”
But none of this would have happened without the obedience of the two that were sent… Imagine if they didn’t follow what Jesus said… if they had been disobedient to what they were told… If you do not follow His teachings, if you are not obedient to the knowledge you have, then you are living in unbelief. If you are not seeking after Christ, following to learn, then you are stale, stuck, and stagnant and, therefore, in danger of falling away in unbelief!
Your faith will never be mature and perfect until you’ve learned to step out and act on the knowledge you have. As Jesus said, “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God …” (John 7:17). Among other things, this means pressing forward in spite of your feelings –getting past your fears and anxieties and doing what needs to be done even when your emotions, your feelings, are screaming at you to cut and run.
When you responded to the call of God to come to Jesus and to receive the gift offered you in what He accomplished on the cross, at that point you were commissioned to be His witness in this world as part of His Church, to bring about change, to build community through the application of the one anothers of God’s Word and to reach out to your neighbor!
Oh but Pastor I couldn’t possibly do that. I don’t have the knowledge…
Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb, Lazarus answered that call…Jesus called him who was dead in the flesh out of his tomb; He calls the world dead in their sin to new life in Him! Jesus opened the way for us to be raised. “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?” Hosea 13:14
Listen here: Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached. John 19:38-20:10 Jesus loves me!… Read more “For the Love of Christ (2-25)”
Jesus prayed that we would be one! That we here would be one and that we would be one with the rest of His church. That means that you and I have to become part of the Gospel story. Jesus suffered horrendously before and during the Crucifixion for you. We can no longer afford to sit by and do nothing. You can’t make the excuse, “Let somebody else do it.” That it’s someone else’s thing. You are the one called to Go! Take the Next Step!
Our enemy uses our weaknesses, our biases, our hurt, and the situations and circumstances of life to further His kingdom in this world. God, in His infinite wisdom, authority, and control uses those same things for the good of those that Love Him, who walk according to His will: who walk in obedience.
As Believers we need to set aside our fear of what others are saying or doing or what we think they might say or do and take our Next Step. Either we walk in fear as Pilate did and in the process reject the Truth and serve the World, or we Take our Next Step in courage making the right choices, Truth choices, that Jesus has led us to…
“Once a man allows himself to hate he can neither think nor see straight, nor listen without distortion” (Barclay). Hatred colors all other things; it becomes the lens through which we perceive the World. It is a terrible thing and does not hesitate to twist the Truth…
Many who claim to be Christians fuss and fume over petty slights, trivial differences – more concerned with what they want than fulfilling the Great Commandment!