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The lesson of the beatitudes is that those who embody the values of God’s Kingdom will be blessed. But Jesus goes on to insist that those who are blessed must be agents of change in a world that is dying and in darkness, bringing glory and honor to God. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Influencers Scripture: Matthew … Continue reading Salt and Light …
 
In this one vision, John is seeing what has been, what is, and what is to come. It’s a panorama of salvation history past, present, and future, revealing that the purpose behind God’s creating and redeeming work—which has been inaugurated, but not yet consummated—is that people might know, love, adore, and worship the Father through … Continue read…
 
The salvation offered by God is more than a transaction done for us, but the whole life of God offered to us and in us. Justification, regeneration, sanctification, holiness, new life—these are all the things the Father does for us and in us through his Son and Spirit. We are more than justified sinners. We … Continue reading Children of the Father…
 
At creation, the self-sufficient, 3-in-1 God, out of love, made room within himself for others who are not himself. Through the Son and by the Holy Spirit, the Father is working to restore that which has been lost. When we, by faith, say yes to his gracious offer of salvation, we’re not getting some impersonal … Continue reading A Triune Salvation …
 
Peter’s message to a people undergoing adversity is to not allow those things to rob them of their joy or distort their perspective. Remember all God has done for you. Keep your eyes fixed on the inheritance that awaits you. Don’t lose sight of the greatness of salvation or the responsibilities that accompany it. Speaker: … Continue reading An Amaz…
 
When the Holy Spirit has access to your heart and transforms you into the likeness of Christ, and all the masks you hide behind are removed, he will use you, and the sweet fragrance of your life, however pressed, to bring glory to God and reach the world with the gospel. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Citronella … Continue reading The Person Behind…
 
Because we are all works in progress, we who make up the church can’t expect to always agree on things. For good-willed people who agree on the essentials, the question isn’t if differences and disagreements will arise, but when—and when they do, how will they be handled? Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Citronella Church Scripture: Acts 15:36-41…
 
The Bible is not ignorant of the issues that trouble human relationships, nor is it dismissive of the types of failures the church is capable of. God’s word provides everything we need to be all we are called to be: a community where truth in love reigns supreme. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Citronella Church Scripture: Acts … Continue reading A …
 
That Jesus is the resurrection and the life means that your relationship to him today will determine your experience of eternity tomorrow. If life for you ends today without Jesus, all that remains is a permanent second death. But if you believe in him now, and every other now until the end, you will LIVE, … Continue reading The Resurrection and th…
 
As the True Vine, Jesus Christ is the true and better Israel, the one producing fruit his Father the Vinedresser desires. He is the one who was obedient unto death. He supersedes the temple, all the Jewish feasts, even Moses himself. Now he supersedes historical Israel as the locus of the new covenant people of … Continue reading The True Vine →…
 
There is no safer, more secure, more rich or satisfying life than life as part of the flock of Jesus. Despite all the promises of the world, the flesh, and the devil, only Jesus provides the life we were created for and our hearts truly desire, and he does so freely at the ultimate cost … Continue reading The Good Shepherd, Part 2 →…
 
Jesus Christ is God’s special revelation, unique in how he alone reveals and exposes both the truth about God and the truth about us. He is God’s personal, saving presence in action, and he invites all who live in darkness to come to him, walk in the light he is and provides, and be transformed … Continue reading The Light of the World →…
 
The point of the sign and reenactment and ensuing discussion of the feeding of the multitudes is not that Jesus provides food, but that Jesus IS food. He is the one who mediates the very life of God, life that truly satisfies, life that is imperishable and never ends. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: I Am Scripture: … Continue reading The Bread of Li…
 
For people of faith living in this broken world, the whole story of Lazarus teaches that it’s not just the things Jesus does that reveal his heart, but sometimes it’s the things he doesn’t do. Neither his permitting of suffering nor his delay in relieving it is ever in conflict with his love for you. … Continue reading Raising a Dead Man →…
 
Despite appearances, God is at work in and through your experiences of suffering. It is possible that the things in your life that cause the worst distress are the very things in which God wants to reveal his glory the most. He wants to reveal himself to you and through you. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: That … Continue reading Healing a Blind Man…
 
Have you come to Jesus with need, only for your prayer to go unanswered, or for you to feel ignored, perhaps even rebuked? Don’t lose faith! Follow the signs in his word which point straight to his heart for you. Don’t wait to trust him until after he performs your miracle. Take him at his … Continue reading Healing a Royal Official’s Son →…
 
In whatever adversity you face in this world, take comfort that Jesus is close and sympathetic, but he is also a powerful defender. He’s by your side, and he’s got your back. Maybe in the midst of your suffering and trials, God could surprise you with the unexpected blessing of joy. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Come, … Continue reading Unexpected…
 
Advent is a season for hope. Hope for the oppressed—that God’s kingdom will restore true justice and put an end to the brokenness of the world. But hope also for the oppressor—that God is working to strip our hearts of their sinful attachments and bring us to a place of life and salvation in and … Continue reading A Shepherd is Coming →…
 
In Christ we have become recipients of great privileges of grace, but with privilege comes responsibility. The church of Jesus Christ, as an outpost of heaven on earth that is marked by the things pertaining to the age to come, is to pursue the peace and holiness of God himself. We are all in this … Continue reading Keep on Keeping On →…
 
The warnings in the book of Hebrews are a call to wake-up and hold fast and never quit. They are a call to remember both where you came from and where you are heading. Above all, they are exhortations to keep the eyes of faith fixed upon Jesus. Speaker: Sean Scribner Series: Almost Home Scripture: Hebrews … Continue reading Almost, but Not Quite →…
 
You and I can never come to God for healing and restoration until we acknowledge and accept our need for healing and restoration. The Bible provides the diagnosis of our problem, as well as the prescription for the cure, and it begins with genuine and sincere lament leading to repentance and faith. Speaker: Sean Scribner … Continue reading Worship’…
 
The apostle Paul did not believe in the inevitability of perseverance. It is possible to be led astray, even for Christians living out the gospel. But if we study the scriptures with all of our minds and love Christ’s body with all of our hearts, we can stand firm with unbroken ranks against the pressures … Continue reading Knowing the Fullness of …
 
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