Boasting about oneself is often regarded as a prideful and off-putting thing to do. But there is a kind of boasting that is actually appropriate and humble. It is when we “boast in the Lord”! It’s a good and right thing to boast about God, his nature and His works. And what a privilege to bring attention to the goodness of God. To magnify His immeasurable love for us and anyone who
desires a relationship with him through Christ. Boast away...but make sure it’s about how awesome God is!!!!
This week’s focus is “The Beauty of Honoring.” The Christian should be the most honoring of people. Scripture is full of guidelines for all the kinds of relationships and people that we should honor above ourselves. Jesus modeled this through his life, and ultimately through his death. All honoring starts with God as Creator, thanking Him and worshipping Him, then it flows from hearts transformed by God’s love and forgiveness to all people around us.
This week’s focus is TRUE TRANSFORMATION: Jesus and Zacchaeus. This encounter between Jesus and the tax-collector demonstrates the wonderful transformation that takes place in a heart once it has been invaded by the love and forgiveness of Christ. And this transformation continues our whole time on earth, until the day Jesus call us home or returns for his body. All believers then move “from Glory to Glory” by the power of God, becoming more and more like Christ.
This week’s focus is “True Compassion: Jesus Heals the Lame Man.” This study helps us to the see the compassion and power of Jesus. It shows how close Jesus got to brokenhearted people with his forgiveness, healing power and love. As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace his forgiveness, love and healing….THEN….to go and display this same compassion, salvation in Christ, and prayers for healing to others. We then trust God with the outcomes of our sacrificial love in the lives of people we reach out to. Some will reject Christ, others will accept him. What a privilege to be tools in God’s hands!
This week’s focus is “True Worship.” It’s important to understand how the human heart can first open up to God in worship, and then continue to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well helps us understand that true worship is what goes on in the heart and in our spirit before God. It’s not about special privilege, or worship method, or worship location. True worship is offered to all people, at all times, in all places through the name of Jesus, the “Living Water!”
This week’s sermon is on “The Importance of Sound Doctrine.” There is a problem that is sweeping across our land--that many Christians are not maturing in their faith. People who have been in the faith for many years are still needing milk, when they should be on solid food (Heb 5:12-6:1a). We should be excited that God has left us His Word and that He hears our prayers. The church needs to be in the Word and in prayer regularly, so that we grow in our faith and can discern truth from error.