Test of Suffering
Trials are the refining fire God uses to draw out the sinful impurities in us, so that we grow in our faith and better reflect Jesus.
Note: the first portion of this recording was unfortunately lost due to technical difficulties.
The Exclusivity of Christianity
Christianity is, in fact, exclusive in that Jesus is the only way of salvation. Yet Christianity is also inclusive in that this salvation is available to all who desire it through trusting and believing in Jesus.
John 14:1-7, Acts 4:8-12, 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Baptized in Christ
When Jesus took on flesh to save us, He unashamedly identified Himself with us in the process. Through baptism, we unashamedly identify ourselves with Him.
Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 2:6-15
Abraham’s willingness to give up his only son, Isaac, was a foreshadow of God’s willingness to give up His only Son, Jesus, so that we may have life. It’s a picture of the gospel in the Old Testament.
God’s reassurance of His covenant with Abraham and the eventual birth of Isaac show us that God keeps His promises. We may not know exactly when a promise will be answered, but we can be certain that His promise will come true.
Genesis 17:15-18:15, 21:1-7
The sign of circumcision, instituted with Abraham, was more than just a physical act. The spiritual implication reveals it has more to do with the heart, which remains true for us today.
The call of Jesus to the blessed life He won for us is found in surrender, not striving. With Him, we can experience deep joy and abundant life, but away from Him, we experience scarcity and death.
Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-21
Idol of Power
When we seek authority and influence over others and control over our circumstances, we experience anxiety and bear the pressure of performing, but we can rest in the fact that God is faithful, trustworthy, and in control.
1 Corinthians 10:6-14
Idol of Money
Zacchaeus shows us how a relationship with Jesus is of the highest value, and his interaction with Jesus is a great blueprint for us on how we should view our money.
Idol of Beauty
While much of our culture prioritizes the outer beauty of the body, God values the inward beauty of the heart more.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Idol of Sex
We’re so prone to making sex an idol because it represents our greatest longing, which is the gospel itself.
1 Corinthians 6:12-20