When we receive God’s love and complete it by sharing it with others, God shines in us. This Christmas, let’s love like no one else!
Thanksgiving presents a wonderful opportunity to pause, count your blessings, and give thanks to the God from whom all blessings flow.
In Ephesians 3:14-21, the Apostle Paul prayed for the church. The same prayer he prayed for his church is the prayer we’re praying for ours: that God would drench us in his overwhelming love to know what goes beyond the limits of knowledge and be filled with all the fullness of God.
The series on prayer continues with a look at Psalm 16, a prayer of dependence and confidence in God. How can we say that God is our only hope? Why do Christians put all their eggs in God’s basket? Why do we pray: “Lord, I need you”?
Prayer is the most important thing we can do as Christians to experience the love of God, to have a victorious faith, and to accomplish the Great Commission. This sermon is on the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke.
“Forgive and forget.” Or so we’re told. So often we believe that forgiving means forgetting. And, since forgetting about the sin and hurt someone has caused us is darn near impossible, we give up and assume we just can’t forgive. But biblical forgiveness is not forgetting!
“The word on the street is that faith is a potent mixture of intellectual and emotional self-control that when properly harnessed can literally change outcomes through positive thinking and clear visualization” (Larry Osborne, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe). What is faith? And, can it really fix anything?
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” But does that really mean that raising kids in a godly home guarantees they’ll grow up to follow Jesus? What about all the kids who were raised well, but walked away from God as adults?
There are many false ideas, spiritual urban legends, floating around our churches today. Unfortunately, we often swallow these lies hook, line, and sinker, and then get frustrated with God for failing to keep promises He never made! Thinking of these lies Christians swallow, let’s examine this one: Does God really have a “blueprint” for our lives?
What is the best part of knowing Jesus? Some might say forgiveness. Others, freedom from addiction. Still others would say it’s the peace and joy they’ve found in Christ. And most would probably say the promise of eternal life is the best part of knowing Jesus. While all those things are true and good, Luke 10:38-42 shows us what the best part of knowing Jesus truly is.
The final chapter of 1 Corinthians. The Apostle Paul, who wrote the letter, concludes with several personal comments and parting thoughts. What we can see clearly is that church isn’t just a non-profit organization, a corporation selling Jesus as a product, or an entertainment agency. Church isn’t business, it’s personal.
I preach through 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 about what is fitting for church. When the church gathers, what should our gatherings look like? What should the character of our meetings be? How does our worship reflect the character of the God we worship? How can we be a Spirit-filled church? And what does this mean for LakeView as we move forward?
Sermon delivered at LakeView Church on 8/5/2018.