We live in a broken, fallen world. It’s all around us and within us. Deep down, everyone desires to be saved from the effects of it and our own contribution to those effects.
We don’t like the pain, sadness, shame, heartache, boredom, disappointment, loneliness, and loss we feel, so we look for a way out, something to save us.
A long time ago, God sent his son to our world.
The creator became the created.
God became a human.
He traded the comfort of his world for the inconvenience of ours.
He came down. He moved in. He put on our flesh.
Then he subjected himself to rejection and a brutal murder so that we could have a way to be saved, rescued, adopted, restored, healed, and washed clean.
I started a new series on “The Kingdom“. This is the first message in that series.
After spending time in my hometown with longtime friends and family, I thought a lot about what is required to advance God’s Kingdom in a significant cohesive way as a church. I found three things that I believe are indispensable for the task.
Have you ever heard a Christian say that they don’t have grace for something?
Christians often make the statement, but is it true?
Every message I preach I preach because I believe it’s the specific word God has given for the specific people I’m speaking to. Every once in a while a message I’m preparing hits me as more significant than others. This message was one of those messages.
I really believe that brutal honesty painted on the backdrop of ruthless trust is necessary for us to be free and to reign in life (Rom 5:17).