What did Jesus mean when he said, “The kingdom of God is among you”? When you look around at our world does it seem to you that the kingdom of God is really present among us? Is God’s kingdom actually here, right now, or is it coming in the future? The answer to that question is one word: both. When embracing that paradoxical reality, how should we live today?
The doctrine of the incarnation is really cool and entirely unique to Christianity – God became flesh and dwelt among us. Not only is it cool, but is practical. Because God in Jesus experienced everything we as humans experience, he can sympathize with us. Cool, Practical, and Important. It’s no exaggeration to say that without the incarnation, the infleshedness of God, there would be no hope of salvation. The Word became flesh and is the perfect revelation of God, and the perfect response to God.
A look at the incarnation–both the divinity and humanity of Christ. If we want to know what God is like, we cannot find a better example than Jesus Christ…yet he was much more than an example. The perfect image of God is reflected in him because he was God in the flesh. He is embedded in time and space but he also transcends time and space. This mysterious reality is the very thing which makes Jesus more significant than any other teacher in the history of humanity.
Pastor Bob kicks of the semester and a new series at connexion on the Gospel of John called Rediscovering Jesus. This week, Bob asks wrestles with questions like: Why do I believe the Gospels are true accounts of Jesus? Is there enough evidence to believe them? Is there good reasons to disbelieve them?
“There Is Hope.” This word of God that came through the prophets is for every nation of people throughout history. Those who follow God can depend upon him to keep his promises. Join us as we look at the “already, but not yet” in Isaiah 11: the promised restoration to the exiled of Israel, the promises fulfilled in the coming of Christ, and the promises to be fulfilled when Christ returns and establishes his eternal kingdom.
The theme of redemption is not only central to the life of God’s people in the Old Testament, it continues like a scarlet thread of truth throughout the New Testament. The final and continuous theme of the Bible is that the ultimate redemption is accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ. When the theme of redemption is understood and accepted it is inevitably expressed in rejoicing.
God disciplines those he loves through punishment, but his purpose is restoration and he will not allow the punishment to last forever. God loved Israel enough to restore them. God loves us enough to draw us back when we wander into sin. The ultimate expression of God’s love for us is the person of Jesus Christ, who took our deserved punishment upon himself.
This is the first message in the 3-part series Three Words from the Prophets.
A look at Ezra and his faith in the word of the Lord over the protection of kings. His study of God’s word, application of that word to his life, and teaching it to others prepared him to be someone who stepped to the front and led well at a time when Israel had choices to make–to follow God or not.
The fall of Jerusalem and Israel is a pivotal story in redemptive history. Israel and Judah’s sin reaches the tipping point and God sends his people into exile. How does this speak to God’s faithfulness to his promises and ultimately point us to Christ?
A look at two stories from the ministry of Elisha. Both stories display God’s power, his grace, and his sovereignty – three attributes of God we can take great comfort in.