“The church shall never perish, her dear Lord to defend…” The struggle is real. That isn’t the cry from a clueless middle schooler; it’s the groan of the Christian church. Jesus defends us from struggles everyday. From an outsiders perspective the church doesn’t look unified at all. But the Holy Christian Church is safe behind the almighty power of our Lord. We have all that we need in the word of God.
The life of a Christian can be ordinary, but don’t let the world fool you. This Sunday we begin a new sermon series – The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of a Christian. In this first message from the Gospel of Matthew we’ll see how a Christian loves God above all things. That isn’t flashy. You won’t make the papers for bearing your cross. At the end of it all, God promises a reward.
This Sunday we’ll answer the question, “What do we do when our hearts are troubled?” The takes takes us to the night that Jesus was betrayed. That might seem like quite the jump, but his words of comfort to his disciples are all the more sure now that we live in the reality of Easter. He lives!
How much more can you take? At what point should you give up? It’s questions like these that many Christians face down on a daily basis. Before we get into a contest of suffering, let’s hear what our God has to say on the topic. There are many who refuse to have anything to do with Christmas because of the suffering in the world. It is for that very reason that Jesus was sent – to rescue the world from sin and offer an eternity that is better by far! Join us this Sunday as we continue our journey to the cradle with a look at Job.
There is a cost to everything in life. When it comes to learning in the school of hard knocks there are only two ways to learn. From your pain or someone else’s pain. Which would you choose? We finish out our four week series Weeks of Warning under the theme Cost. Jesus tells us that life under his cross of suffering will have a very real cost to it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. The warning is that it won’t always be easy. The comfort is that we are never alone with him by our side.
Four weeks of warnings for Christians begins on this Sunday! The life of faith will be marked by difficulties. These warnings are given so that the believer will be prepared to meet these challenges with the confidence of the cross. This Sunday we will see that the Word of God doesn’t always unite—it also divides. The living and active Word of God does not bring peace between believers and unbelievers, but division. Where is the comfort? The final purpose is the salvation of believers.