This sermon is the beginning of a five-week series on prayer. This week our focus will be on the purpose of prayer. We will consider some basic questions: What is prayer? Why pray? What happens when we pray?
A reflection on the divine love of God that is not only given to us but is within us.
The prophet Isaiah gives his people a wonderful promise: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…” This promise is the source of their/our joy because that child is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.
Today we lit the Advent candle of Love as we continue to reflect on our Savior’s birth.
Hear Pastor Dan’s message on this first Sunday of Advent.
It is by grace that we were offered the free gift of eternal life. It is by grace that we have been called into relationship with Jesus Christ. It is by grace that we have been provided a pattern for living. It is by grace that we are empowered to live in the Spirit. Let’s think about what it means to live in the Spirit.
Most of us have a favorite phrase that we use over and over. We might not even know how often we repeat it until someone tells us about it. The Apostle Paul had a favorite prepositional phrase that he used many times – in Christ. Why did he use it so often? What did it mean to him? What should it mean to us?
Jesus gave his disciples a promise before leaving this earth. He promised not to leave them alone, instead sending a Counselor to be their guide. His role will be to convict the world of sin and to guide them into all truth. On Sunday we will consider how this is a statement of both grace and truth.
We are told that Jesus came “full of grace and truth.” If that weren’t the case – that he was full of grace AND truth – he wouldn’t be the complete savior we so desperately need.