The introduction to 2 Peter1:1-4 is an amazing testament to Jesus work of redemption. Because salvation is based in the Righteousness of Christ, there is no cause to feel in any way superior to another believer. It is Jesus merit that saves us. His Active Obedience earned the righteousness needed to pay for our sins. I hope you enjoy the sermon.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:5-9
No matter how you slice it, the call given to men is a tall order. From what we read in this passage alone, I can’t think of a single man who could honestly check this off his bucket list in life. My purpose today is not to give you five easy steps to be a better father/husband, but to remind you that we are not be conformed by the ways of this world, but transformed by the renewal of our minds. We see so many disparaging examples of men in music, movies, books, and even within our church walls. Regardless of what we see, this does NOT change the calling given to us. Continue reading The Call to Every Father
In this episode, Laramie and I continue our discussion on prayer. We ask the question, “What about God should result in us confidently praying to Him?” We answer that by discussing these three points:
- God’s Power
- God’s Wisdom
- God’s Love
As you will see, these create a beautiful triangle of interrelated attributes that should result in confident prayer from God’s children. Enjoy!
Many churches today tend to emphasize self esteem as important for your life. In that attempt they will recite passages like 1 Pt. 1:18-19 and talk about just how much you are worth to God. “You are worth so much to God that He paid for you with the blood of Jesus.” “You are worth the Blood of Jesus.” This may seem like a subtle point, but it does change one’s view of himself. What is missed many times is the actual point of these passages. Take 1 Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
The knowledge that you have been purchased with the “precious blood of Christ” should not necessarily result in high view of yourself. It should result in a high view of the value of the blood of Jesus, and by extension, your responsibility. Just look at the previous verse. “Conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.” Yes, Jesus shed His blood for our salvation, but in doing so He should get glory, not us. God’s glory, not me, is worth the blood of Jesus. I am worthy of God’s eternal judgment. That’s why it’s called GRACE. Unmerited favor. God didn’t send His son because we are worth it. He did it because He is good. “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
Am I telling us that we should devalue ourselves? No. I’m telling us that we should value the blood of Jesus more than we do.
I am curious to hear your opinion on this matter. Should we speak highly of our value based on the fact that Jesus died for us?
“ For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
This is a commonly quoted verse from many translations. I’m sure you’ve heard ’em all: you are “His masterpiece“, “His handiwork“, or “His creation“. They all symbolize similar qualities, but I want us to take a deeper look at the meaning. The word used in the Greek here actually translates to a phrase that means “that which has been made” or “a work of God”. I think these phrases put a stronger emphasis on what truly matters. God is the one who started the work and He is the one who will finish it.
We are His workmanship
A designer knows the ins and outs of his design. He knows how each piece works and interacts with the other pieces. In this same fashion, God saves us from our life of sin and gives us purpose. Continue reading A Call to Fruitful Labor
I hope you find this episode edifying as Laramie and I begin talking about this very intricate topic. I really enjoyed working through some of the thoughts that usually arise around this type of topic. If you give it a listen I would encourage you to listen till the end if you can. The reason being, if you only listen half way you may only hear the pessimistic, melancholy side to the discussion. I think we wrap it up on a high note. Enjoy!