“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 14 | Faith is… Radiating the Glory of God

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God… (Hebrews 1:3a) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29, ESV) 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made … Continue reading “Faith is…” Series, Pt. 14 | Faith is… Radiating the Glory of God

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 13 | Faith is… Receiving the Righteousness of God

For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin [even though Jesus] knew no sin, so that in [Jesus] we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV) I will say this from the word go. If you can wrap your mind around this you will be well on your way to living a life that is pleasing to the Lord. If, however, … Continue reading “Faith is…” Series, Pt. 13 | Faith is… Receiving the Righteousness of God

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 12 | Faith is… Caring for the People of God

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10, ESV, emphasis added) For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (1 John 3:11, ESV) Faith is not just what we have inside of us. Faith must find its way … Continue reading “Faith is…” Series, Pt. 12 | Faith is… Caring for the People of God

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 11 | Faith is… Standing on the Word of God

“1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according … Continue reading “Faith is…” Series, Pt. 11 | Faith is… Standing on the Word of God

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 10 | Faith is… Satisfied with the Person of God

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say,"… 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among … Continue reading “Faith is…” Series, Pt. 10 | Faith is… Satisfied with the Person of God

“Faith is…” Series, Pt. 9 | Faith is… Surrendering to the Will of God

39And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:39-45, ESV)

One of the most difficult realities of the Christian journey is this: It’s not about me. Jesus did not die so that I could have everything I ever wanted. God did not orchestrate the greatest rescue mission in the history of the cosmos so that we could gather around dinner tables and reminisce about how bad it was “out there” before we were rescued. This kind of thinking goes in the face of what the bible teaches and, more importantly, it diminishes the worth and glory of God. Any and every failure on our part to live our lives according to the sacrifice of Christ is a travesty and an insult to God’s grace and love.
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