Teaching Outline: 2 Samuel 2 — God-Hearted #16 — King Jesus Seeks To Reign In You Completely (5/20/18)Read More
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Today's episode is all about distributing God's word through the medium of writing. Can you imagine what our communities would look like if the people around us were consuming spirit filled, gospel centered, biblically sound writing? We would see God's transforming power take place right in front of us! This is why we wanted to record this episode. If you have a love for people, for writing, and for God's word, then we hope this conversation inspires you to direct your energy towards writing for the glory of God.
Paul has taught us what we were in our past life, along with what God has done to give us new life (Ephesians 2:1-9). Next, he shows us what we now are. Why have we been united so powerfully to God in Christ? What has God remade us to be? Paul says, “We are His workmanship.” We are not our own workmanship, but God's, for He has made us. All the credit and honor are His, and His alone. But what did God remake us to be? Paul says we have been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”Read More
If you’ve read your Bible for any length of time the chances are that you’ve come across the book called Song of Solomon. And there’s even more of a chance that as you read through this book you said to yourself, “Why is there a short story about romance in the middle of the Bible?” Now, there are many answers to that question, but today we'll talk about one truth that arcs over the entire book - the concept that monogamous marriage, when done God’s way, allows space for deep romance, trust, and sustainability.
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Teaching notes for 5.13.18.Read More
We have taken time to learn why and how God worked to save His people, but how did God perform this gracious salvation? We’ve seen what we were and what God has done about it, but how does He accomplish His miraculous deliverance? Paul tells us it comes through faith, not as a result of works.Read More
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We have now observed why God saved us, but what did God do to rescue us from our previous condition? Spiritually dead, followers in every way, and under the judgment of God, what did God do to snatch us from that old life of despair? In two short verses, Paul tells us God "made us alive together with Christ," "raised us up with" Christ, and "seated us with" Christ. Earlier in this chapter, Paul taught us of the three things we were. Here, we learn of three things God has done to override our previous condition.Read More
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When the holy people of God live like the holy people of God should, ever increasingly, great power flows. In this conversation, we look to the Proverbs to learn about the power and victory found within a holy life.
Theme: God wants use you as a pipeline of his grace; a recipient, but also a conduit, of his mercy.Read More
Have you ever read passages of scripture that allude to building the kingdom of God or fighting the good fight? Maybe you've read those passages and wondered, "What's my role in this?" Or maybe you've asked the deeper question, "Does God see me fit for the task?" In this conversation, we look at Luke 14 and see how we can be encouraged in this mission of building God's kingdom and fighting the good fight of faith.
Up to this point in our passage, Paul has explained to us the utter lostness of humanity (see Ephesians 2:1-3). We were dead. We were followers. We were children of wrath. Without the cross of Jesus Christ, this would have been the end of the human story. Paul writes those beloved words, “But God"—sweet medicine for humanity! Destruction was ours, but God intervened. The story does not turn because of man — as in “but man” — but with God. He interjects Himself into our condition, our brokenness.
Before looking at what God did to intervene, let us look first at why He did it. Paul gives us three major reasons.Read More
How should the realities of poverty and wealth impact the gospel-saturated, modern believer? In this conversation, we looks to the Proverbs to teach us an important truth about poverty and wealth.
Recently, I had a conversation with a youth pastor from another church. “What are teenagers going through right now?” I asked...
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Theme: Discouragement overtook David for a season of his life, giving us a glimpse into a life built on attitudes of despair. In Christ, we can overcome.Read More
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