Synopsis: Can you imagine what it would have been like to have been with the early disciples when "breaking news" reached them that Jesus' tomb was vacant! This news no doubt brought agitation in the minds of some; excitement and bewilderment in the minds of others; it was the worst news for some and the best news for others! Jesus actually said, however, that those who believed Christ was risen without having seen physical evidence were more blessed than those that did! (See John 20:29). The life-impacting truth being extracted from this passage is this: Christ's resurrection inspires the expression of faith. The sight of the risen Christ is what we really need and will be dramatically life-changing when that happens! How do we know when we have seen the risen Christ with the eye of faith? There are four evidences. Tonight we cover two of them.
Synopsis: Today many are celebrating Easter in a variety of ways. For born-again believers, we realize the significance of of this holiday lies with the historical fact of Christ's literal, bodily resurrection from the tomb, three days after His death. So today we celebrate the risen Savior! If I were to ask you, "What is the reason for Christ's resurrection?", how would you answer that? Why was it so necessary for Christ to physically emerge from the tomb in a new, resurrected body that still bears the scars from His recent crucifixion? Our text today answers those questions!
Synopsis: As we begin Passion Week with the celebration of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, we are reminded that God sent His perfect Representative to earth for each of us. He had a specific mission in mind and that is what we focus upon as we enter Passion Week. Our text today is most significant and moves us to worship Christ in humble gratitude because of what it says about Him and His work in dealing effectively with sin's penalty--His atoning (reconciling) work. There are two key thoughts in today's passage that when we reflect upon them, are designed to move our hearts towards Christ and to embrace Him and His message of hope.
Synopsis: Having looked at how God defines forgiveness and illustrated the nature of it, tonight in this second message from Matthew 6:12, we look at the necessity for forgiveness. We must embrace two truths that help us understand what this fifth prayer request is communicating.
Synopsis: The scene in Zechariah 14:16-21 takes place on "that day," a shortened expression of "the day of the LORD" (14:1). The events take place at the Second Coming of Christ. There are three characteristics of the kingdom of the LORD given in vv. 9-21. In today's message we look at the third characteristic - the worship of Christ as the expression of true religion. God wants to transform our hearts so that we move from the ritual and routines of worship or from false worship to true worship. Have you personally worshiped Christ, the Conquering King today? Has He subdued you in faith by His grace? The LORD desires and deserves "the submission of all our nature to God...gathered up in adoration."
Synopsis: Tonight we begin looking at the fifth prayer request in "The Lord's Prayer." We begin by looking at the connection which is two-fold and then the concept which is also two-fold. The first is the concept of forgiveness. What does it mean when we say, "God forgives us?" What does it mean to forgive others? What does that look like in life? Our pastor demonstrates with a visual illustration that is poignant and drives home the point in a memorable manner.
Synopsis: Ever wonder why God doesn't intervene to stop atrocities like what we see happening in Ukraine with the Russian invasion? Unfortunately, there is a coming world war predicted in Zechariah 14 in which similar evil will happen. Zechariah 13:8-9 and 14:2 detail some of the horrible things that will happen. Our text today reveals the misery of the people and the mystery in Christ's intervention to deliver them. The message concludes with four truths that help encourage us regarding the sovereign supremacy of our Savior as the conquering King--despite what might be seen with the human eye as it looks at the physical circumstances that seem to indicate otherwise.
Synopsis: Tonight's message concludes the study in this 4th prayer request found in Matthew 6:11 - "Give us this day our daily bread." There are five key truths we are to be reminded of each time we offer this request to the Lord. Tonight's message deals with the last two of these five truths and concludes with a word of admonition and application.
Synopsis: In the previous message our pastor introduced us to the concept of "that day" and the longer version of that expression, "the day of the LORD." By mentioning this event, Zechariah introduces the climax of his message of hope to God's people--the absolute triumph of Christ and His kingdom despite what is seen by the human eye. In today's message, our pastor directs our attention to the focal point of what happens on "that day" -- Christ's coming to earth in great power and glory as King of kings. Our text reveals the three-fold powerful impact His coming has that compels us to acknowledge His right to rule us, to bow down before Him in total surrender, and to worship Him alone.
Synopsis: Verse 11 is not only the simplest and shortest of all the requests in The Lord's Prayer, it is also very substantive in meaning. Our Lord wants to stamp five keys truths upon our hearts as we pray this request. Last week we covered one of them; tonight we cover two more. The truth here provides great hope, encouragement and comfort to those going through difficult times and look to the Lord to have their needs met.
Synopsis: As our world is watching the unjustified and brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and many worry as to whether this eventually leads to WW 3, we turn our attention to Zechariah 14 which records a future world war that centers on Jerusalem. The city is captured and 2/3 of the Jews die. When it appears all is lost and complete annihilation is certain, Christ intervenes to engage the multinational military force in battle and they are completely wiped out instead. When does this Conquering King come to intervene? The answer may surprise you. This message looks at when and what happens on "The Timing of Christ's Conquering."
Synopsis: Verse 11 begins a new division in the Lord's Prayer. Like the previous requests, there is more here in this shortest, simplest request than what casually meets the eye. We look tonight at the meaning of this text and then consider the first of five key truths the Lord wanted stamped upon our hearts and remembered when we pray this request.