Why should anyone engage in missions? If we focus upon ourselves, then it’s not hard to make a case against it. Jesus answers our fears and concerns, however, with two powerful statements about his mission.”All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” and “I am with you always.” Because of these two truths, there is nothing more foolish and fruitless than to oppose the mission of Christ–but there is also nothing more safe, wise, and profitable than to take up that mission.
Isaiah 6; 2 Timothy 2:10
Isaiah had one of the most famous visions of God in all the Bible. He was cleansed by God, and called to ministry by God in God’s very presence. Yet, he was called to what would seem to be a failing ministry. Why? Paul was called to be the apostle to the Gentiles, and he died a Roman prisoner, abandoned by nearly everyone. Why?
Through these men’s ministries and preaching, we see something important and foundational to God’s purposes in calling us today, even when He calls us to suffer and to seem to fail.
1 Corinthians 13
If the truth of God is the content of ministry and the context is His people, where does love for one another come in? According to Paul, it is the necessary foundation for all ministry, for without it we are nothing.
Cultural ideas of Jesus often influence our thoughts of Him. A crucifix, a frail figure in a long robe, etc. Scripture, however, gives us a clear–and very different–picture of Christ after His death and resurrection. He is exalted at the right hand of the Father. In this sermon, we’ll complete our short study of Christ’s death and resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15
The Corinthian church was divided over many issues. One of them is that some were claiming “there is no resurrection of the dead.” Paul answers this objection by reminding the church of Christ’s resurrection.
Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53
Why did Jesus die? Was it necessary? What does His death over two thousand years ago have to do with pain and suffering in today’s world? We find answers for these and other questions as we look into the eyes of the Man of Sorrows.
The Epistle of Jude
This short, succinct letter from Jude to an unknown church with problems serves to challenge all congregations and individual believers to self examination, and gives a strong and inspiring call not only to sound doctrine, healthy love, and upright behavior, but also to the primary pursuits that result in those ends.
A deeper knowledge of the risen Christ is a balm for the weary soul.
We start the new year by looking at the end of the book, and at what God has revealed to us about the end and culmination of history. This final passage of the Bible imparts urgency to the seriousness of the gospel of Christ, as well as boldness for its proclamation.
Christ’s expectation for His Bride is for her to grow into spiritual maturity.