This is the first sermon in ERC's Lenten series, CO▽EN△NT, on God's relationship with Abraham. At 5:33, my batteries died. Sorry for the clicking and silence. You can read God's call of Abram in Genesis 12:1-9. Out of all the people in the world, out of “every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation … Continue reading “Go”
Let today be your restart, your new beginning with God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. He has removed your sin in the death of His Son Jesus, and just as Jesus rose again to new life, so can you.
In the genealogy of Adam's descendants, we see the beginnings of God's victory over death in Christ Jesus.
God finds us where we are, and invites us to repent: to change our lives by changing our minds. God welcomes us back to Him with love, not wrath, ready to show us His unfathomable mercy.
The fall of Adam & Eve (Genesis 3) is the fall of all humanity. We are not now what we ought to be, what God created us to be. Since Adam, we have been dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1). But Jesus Christ has begun the curse's reversal, winning life for all who trust in Him.
Genesis 1 and 2 are distinct, related creation stories, that -- when held together -- reveal to us God's design for human beings: to work with Him as stewards of His good world, and to work with each other in Christian relationships.
We see the fullest expression of the Image of God in Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15). Jesus Christ is the new beginning of the restoration of our ability to reflect God's Image after sin (2 Corinthians 3:18). And Jesus Christ is our pattern in the meantime.
Creation bears the mark of its Creator, reflecting and revealing His character. When we pay attention to creation, we see living, tangible expressions of God’s heart of love.
When Mary said “Yes” to God, in all of her humility and devotion and simplicity and wonder, God gave the world Jesus Christ. God still uses our simple acts of obedience to reveal Jesus and bear Him to others.
Bathsheba endures terrible loss and grief with quiet grace, allowing God to shine through the weak points in her life to transform King David, to shape King Solomon, and to pave the way for King Jesus. May we be brave enough to do the same.