True Truth From The Master Teacher
It may sound surprising, but as a pastor I meet many people who tell me that they’ve gone church to church looking for deep and true Bible teaching, and they’ve had a hard time finding it. One of the signs that your heart has truly been renewed by the Holy Spirit, that you are a true disciple of Jesus, is that you have a deepening desire to hear more of the Word of God, to receive deeper teaching about the cross-work of Christ, and to understand more of what the Bible calls you to be as a disciple. It is a true tragedy to me that people have to go far and wide today in our society to find that kind of good Bible teaching.
Well, nobody ever complained after leaving one of the hillside messages of the Lord Jesus Christ when He was here on earth that they didn’t hear "the depths of the word of God”. Jesus Christ was the greatest preacher who ever walked the earth. And every time He opened His mouth to a crowd, they got white-hot truth from the throne room of heaven.
They heard what I would call “true truth”, every time Jesus preached. It was truth that called for decision, as well as comforted the heart. That’s why this section of Scripture we've been going through on Sundays in Luke 12 has been entitled “True Words”. Last week, we explored one of the deepest warnings that Jesus ever gave about the spiritual life: the danger of committing the unpardonable sin. I wonder, have you ever had any questions about that in your own life? Well then, read our Discussion Notes for the week, and your questions can be answered!
The Early Years - Pt 1
Think only pastors live “called" lives? Think again. Did you know that the New Testament talks about five different kinds of calling that God can lay upon a life? Did you know that only one of these is the classic “calling” to the pastorate? In our message last Sunday, we explored these and drew some lessons out of the life of King David when he experienced God’s special calling in his life. There was much for us to apply and much encouragement to be found. In this week’s Walking Further, we revisit 1 Samuel 16. Enjoy the journey!
True Words - Pt. 2
Truth and Consequences
Last Sunday we continued our exploration of Luke 12:8-9, and discovered that regardless of how people feel about the supposed “unfairness of God” in holding some people out of heaven, in actuality God is extremely fair in how He will handle everyone’s desire for a relationship with Him at the end of time. Simply put, Jesus said “If you acknowledge Me, I will acknowledge you before my angels. If you deny Me, I will deny you before them.” It could not be clearer. In settling the eternal slate someday, Jesus will be as fair with us as we were with Him. The time to settle the ledger, my dear seeking friend, is now. Trust Christ today. Explore this important text with us in the latest edition of Walking Further.
The Risen One - Part One
This past Palm Sunday I began to open up one of the greatest passages on the majesty of Jesus ever penned, Colossians 1:15-20. In it, Paul deconstructed the small thinking of some heretical teachers concerning Jesus, and built a great declaration of the greatness of Jesus as the Revealer of God and the Creator of the Universe. If your eyes are getting wide right now as you read this because you “Never knew that Jesus was all THAT…” then read our Walking Further for this week. And welcome to the Greatness of Jesus!