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The Gospel is what drove the apostle Paul and changed the way he saw everything. God wants that for us, too. In Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, we see that the gospel changes our identity, the way we view people, circumstances, adversaries, our purpose, blessings, contentment, even death. The Gospel changes everything!
It's no secret that life has gotten hard for a lot of us over the last few weeks. It seems like everywhere you turn, there's anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. So what do we do when life gets hard?
Even though we're facing tough times, we still have reason to celebrate - and that reason is Jesus.
We're facing times unlike we've ever faced before. Things can be frightening and uncertain, but that doesn't mean God is silent. You can't quarantine the Gospel. As we transition into a season where we can't "go to church" we can still "be the church."
It's been called the greatest chapter in the Bible. In Romans chapter 8, we see more facts about God’s love for us in the gospel than any other chapter in the Bible. It changes the way we see ourselves, our temptations, our trials. And real, rewarding change can occur.
There are some mountains in life that we haven’t been able to move for months, or even years. These strongholds can consume our thoughts, emotions, and actions. It’s easy to think, “can things really get better?... or will it always be this way?” The reality is, it can be different. Things can change. Mountains can move.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
In this day and age, we all want things instantly. Advent is a season of waiting, expectation, and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. This Advent season, we want to slow down and intentionally focus on Jesus' birth.
Someone once asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the greatest?” In other words, ‘of the over 600 commands, what is at the very top?’ Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus links the two together, meaning you can’t have one without the other. In this series, we will discover how to love others from the source of loving God.
Our culture is rapidly changing like never before. There are many points of contention that fill our headlines, social feeds, and conversations. The church has a history of neglecting or mismanaging cultural issues. We often conform and compromise or withdraw and isolate. But Jesus didn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics, nor did he respond in hate. Instead he spoke to the culture with both clarity and compassion... and so should His followers... So how do we do that?
To some, 21 days can appear like an insignificant amount of time. But 21 days can make a huge difference. 21 days can repair a relationship, heal an addiction, renew your marriage, and restore joy. The reality is 21 days can change everything.
The book of Colossians is a letter that Paul wrote from prison to the church of Colossae. God uses Paul to help the church make important course corrections. He illustrates that we are a new creation because of Christ’s death in our place... and since we are made new, we have the ability to live differently.