God invites us to enter into the kingdom of heaven, in spite of how broken, sinful and ruined our lives may be. That kingdom is a treasure that everything must be given up to win, but it's a treasure that changes our entire life.
Peter, the bold preacher of the New Testament church, denied Jesus three times during His trial. In this sad failure there are lessons we can learn for Peter does not stand alone in this temptation and sin. There are many times that we also may be tempted to deny our Lord.
The early Christians aimed to not only be correct in doctrinal beliefs but also to be intense about living a Christ-like, holy life. Our goal, like theirs, is to balance belief with upright and holy behavior.
The Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood person of the Godhead yet He is an important part of our salvation. It is a serious thing to offend Him. It robs us of peace and of usefulness. And if one continues to grieve and insult and quench Him, it may rob that person of his eternal reward.
What is the root of the selfie spirit? Can you picture Jesus Christ taking a selfie and posting it? If He would not, should His followers? This sermon is an insightful view of the self-centered selfie, and when you have listened to it, you will know the answers to the questions above.
Sometimes Christians get the idea that they should be able to enjoy God’s blessings without being subjected to His testings. However, God has told us that trials and suffering can be expected. Jesus' presence and the grace to endure hardships are promised, not comfort and pleasure here on earth.
Is holiness merely a lovely theory, an unreachable goal that God sets for us? Or is it a practical teaching that is meant to make a difference in how we live? The Bible says, "Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14) If that is true, we had better know how our lives measure up.
The church of Jesus is to be a pure bride for Him. To maintain this purity members who fail to live holy lives and are not repentant must be put out of the church. Some think church discipline cruel but when carried out in love it is for the eternal good of all involved.