Friday, June 27, 2014

Abiding in Christ

"Abide in him." This is a command from God to all of us who believe in Jesus. But what does that mean?

I asked myself that question this week as I repaired decks, cleaned the house, trained children, talked to pastors, counseled, studied the Word, met with saints for prayer, went on a date with my wife, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. What does abiding in Christ have to do with all these things?

When the Son of God came in the flesh, he bridged the gap between mankind and God. He united in himself God and man, effecting a relationship that had never before been possible. Man could now dwell in God, and God's Spirit could pervade man. A mutual abiding goes on in the living relationship between God and his people. This abiding is the antidote to antichrists. It is the core of all Christian living. Come join us this Lord's Day to learn to abide in Christ.

Songs
Praise the Savior (17)
Psalm 42 (Genevan Psalter)
How Glorious Zion's Courts Appear (631)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 28:16-31; Psalm 20
New Testament: John 11:1-27

Sermon
Anointed Ones Overcome Antichrists by Abiding in Christ - 1 John 2:18-27

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Crisis of Confidence


In 1979, President Jimmy Carter faced a crisis of confidence in this nation. Gas shortages, inflation, and high unemployment produced an uneasy feeling among Americans that the future was not so bright. President Carter’s approval ratings dipped lower than Richard Nixon’s had during the Watergate scandal. On July 15, the President gave a speech, sometimes called the most important speech of his presidency, hoping to inspire the nation. It didn’t work. The next year, the country looked elsewhere for hope by electing Ronald Reagan as the 39th president of the U.S.  

Nations are not the only entities to have a crisis of confidence. Churches do. Christians do. Perhaps you have. Tomorrow, we will gather to hear what God has to say to people faced with a spiritual crisis of confidence, and we will find that he has provided precisely what we need for living in the last hour.

Songs
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (49)
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (495)
Psalm 27b
A Sovereign Protector I Have (615)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 28:1-15; Psalm 119:105-112
New Testament: John 10:22-42

Sermon
Confidence in the Abiding Anointing - 1 John 2:18-27

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Antichrists vs. Anointed Ones

If you wanted to give someone confidence and joy, would you bring up antichrists? Sounds apocalyptic, not assuring.

Part of the problem, no doubt, has to do with our diseased imaginations of "antichrists," something along the lines of a diabolical character in a horror movie. But part of the problem, as well, may have to do with our assumption that confidence and joy come in the absence of opposition and danger.

If that is what we assume, we won't have much confidence and joy in our Christian lives. God knows this, so he doesn't try to hide from us the reality of the world in which we live. We live in the last hour with many antichrists. But God also reveals to us his perfect provision for just such an occasion. You can have confidence and joy in knowing that you have the true God and eternal life.

Songs
Come, Christians, Join to Sing (67)
Eternal Spirit! Praise We Bring (207)
Come, Holy Ghost, Our God and Lord (209)
Our Great Savior (434)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 27:1-23; Psalm 113
New Testament: John 10:1-21

Sermon
Confidence in the Last Hour - 1 John 2:18-27

Friday, June 06, 2014

Pursuing the Love of God

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you...." (Psa 63:1)

Being alert to the world's allure is only the defensive side of "do not love the world." Taking the offensive means we must pursue the love of God. Join us this Lord's Day in that pursuit.

Songs
Psalm 95
God Is the Treasure of My Soul (632)
Not I, But Christ (537)
Take My Life and Let It Be (560)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 26:35-65; Psalm 111
New Testament: John 9:24-41

Sermon
Pursuing the Love of God - 1 John 2:15-17