Sermons on The Gospel
Not knowing who we are in Christ can lead us to adopt false identities. In this introductory message to the book of Ephesians, Paul lays out for the believers what their real identity in Christ was. That reality is true for us as well.
Are there moments when you feel you are living in a world where you can’t see the way forward? In those moments of darkness we wish we had someone to take us by the hand and lead us forward. In our text today Jesus radically transforms a man’s life who is blind because the man refused to let Jesus pass him by. His pain is the very thing that leads him to cling to Jesus.
If Jesus did it all for us, what role do we have? We have the role to believe in New Life. There was a penalty for our sin that Jesus took on in exchange for that New Life He gave us. He took on your death so that you can have life.
You’ve not only thought it, you’ve probably said it. “The world is against me.” But reality can often be far from it. Joseph (and Jacob) have every reason to think that. But they learn that God is actually working through those very struggles for thier good. He is doing the same thing in your life.
As Paul faces attack on his work in Corinth, he defends not only his own integrity, but the gospel itself.
Because Jesus Is Risen we will never be the same. Will you have an encounter with Jesus and continue to live the same? Or will you be transformed and never be the same?
The weight of our sin can seem heavy and unbearable. But the gospel is good news that Jesus took on our sin.
What would it be like to receive an invitation from God to a party, but turn it down because you had something better to do? Jesus tells a story that exposes our excuses as a cover for different priorities.
Our sometimes ridiculous excuses are a way we minimize our sin. But if we are always minimizing, we are never growing from it. This message is a challenge to stop excusing and start killing our sin.
Do you know who you are? We’re not talking about who your driver’s license says you are. But do you know your identity as a child of God and how that impacts your life? Knowing you identity changes provides confidence in your destiny!
Paul is “astonished” by a young group of believers- but not in a good way. His response to them gives us one of the most powerful explanations of how we are saved by faith in Jesus.
In the middle of a crisis with their brother, Mary & Martha summon Jesus to come do something about their pain. His response was not what they expected but it was better than they imagined.