Christians strive to grow and mature in Jesus continually; walking in love, grace, and peace together as we serve Him and remain watchful for His coming.
Christians are called to truly examine whether they are in the faith. A true follower of Christ will show evidence of a transformed life as they walk in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Though many Corinthians opposed Paul and caused him suffering, Paul continued to gladly serve them and share with them the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ. Despite their actions, these people mattered to God, just as you and I matter to God.
Our prickly problems in life don’t need to be viewed as curses to be removed, but rather blessings to be received as we learn to lean more heavily on Jesus. Our sicknesses are not always a product of sin. Sometimes they are an allowance of God to produce a greater purpose in us.
Christians boast in the fact that we are saved despite our weaknesses. We boast that we have a future and a hope. We boast that though we may blow it day after day and fall short, God will never give up on us.
Paul urges the church to not allow themselves to be put back into the chains of bondage by the Law, but to live in the freedom that Jesus has given us by His death on the cross. In addition, we learn about the suffering that Paul endured for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus didn’t die on a cross to make our lives pleasant in this world. He died to save us from the penalty of sin and bring us…
The Gospel is simple: Christ and nothing less, nothing more, and nothing else. Satan is constantly mixing truth with deception and using false apostles and deceitful workers to lead many astray. Christians must not follow others’ interpretations of the Bible, but to read and know the Word of God for themselves.
The mark of a mature spiritual leader is encouraging and building others up. A mark of an immature spiritual leader is puffing themselves up around other people. A Christian’s life is set on making much of Jesus in every area of our lives rather than living for personal gain.
Our battle is not against people. Satan knows that if he can draw us into a battle of the flesh, then he’s got us right where he wants us. We are challenged to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and to love one another in meekness and gentleness.
Pastor Brent shares the biblical view on giving. God is the ultimate giver who gave us His Son to save us, reconcile us, adopt us into His family, and cause us to be co-heirs with Christ. God’s people are not to give out of obligation, but cheerfully as worship to our God who has given us everything we need and more.
Our zeal as Christians must be more than good intentions, rather, it needs to be carried to completion so that it may bear fruit both in our lives and in the lives of others. Giving is not to be a grudging affair, but one of gladness and gratefulness as we ministry to one another through our giving.
God desires that we give cheerfully because His Word says that all we have is already from the Lord. When we give, we are acknowledging that our life is an offering to the Lord; we can trust God to provide for His people.