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.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13. What is the sovereign Lord? Who is our sovereign Lord? This message kicks off our next series, Grace and Truth.
ECC-sponsored missionary Chuck Broughton with The Navigators speaks to us about reaching those in prison by training them as Bible storytellers.
From Deuteronomy 24:17-22. Deuteronomy lays out some safeguards that were meant to protect the economically vulnerable from exploitation. How might these still apply today?
This week we begin a three-part series on missions, which will conclude with our “Missions Weekend Emphasis” on October 22nd. Listen with us as we consider the themes of “Ministry to the Stranger” (10-8), “Ministry to the Poor” (10-15), and “Ministry to the Imprisoned” (10-22).
There are few words in the English language that represent the idea of “rest” as much as the word “home.” Ideally, it is the place where you can experience the ultimate form of relaxation, protection, and peace. The psalmist must have known how important this idea was when he said, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” It is the ultimate image of eternal rest.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17). The ultimate gift from above is the blessing of the Lord’s presence. The author of the 23rd Psalm is certainly confident that the Lord is with him, and as a result his cup is overflowing.