Jesus - Did He want churches? - Part 5
The church is God’s agent of transformation for each us personally, in our community, and throughout the world. If we were God, we would probably not have entrusted the good news to us. But that’s exactly what happened. But the church is filled with flawed people and our culture is rapidly running away from the church. Now more than ever the world needs the church. We need the church too!
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Jesus died for your sin to reconcile you to God. Many people often wonder why Jesus had to die. Why doesn’t God just forgive and forget? The Bible teaches that the penalty for sin & rebellion against God is death. As much as we want justice for others, if God truly gave equal justice, you and I would have to die. Jesus came to take that penalty on himself as a sacrifice of atonement. God upholds Justice and Jesus takes the penalty on himself… to redeem and save you.
Assume the Best
As we conclude this series, there's one more essential ingredient that makes up happy relationships: Trust. Join us as we explore 1 Corinthians 13 and Paul's appeal to express love through Trust.
We need personal guardrails so we don’t stray into areas of life that can harm us or the people we love. If there’s one area in which personal guardrails are most needed but also most resisted, it’s in our relationships. Let's talk about setting up guardrails to protect you from an area that is often loaded with regrets - Sexuality.
The Apostle Paul
It would be difficult to identify a single person more influential in the spread and theology of the early church than the apostle Paul. But Paul considered himself the greatest of all sinners. It’s remarkable how God chooses to use surprising and unlikely people to advance His kingdom and powerfully carry the good news.
Parable of the Sower
Are we willing to set aside our preconceived notions of God and hear what Jesus says? The world looks at some people and thinks, "There's no chance for them." But to Jesus, they are worth a try...and he is willing to GENEROUSLY shower the seed of his word into their hearts. If we are willing to hear, Jesus says that he will bring LIFE into our lives that we could never imagine.
The most moving stories happen in the context of some kind of pain. Although we tend to avoid suffering, the Book of Esther shows us that God SHOWS UP in the midst of suffering writes stories we would have never imagined. The most amazing stories in our lives will happen not through us FORCING an outcome, but through us being FAITHFUL to the mission.