God provided water in the desert for Israel. Several Old Testament texts use the image of water to convey the promise of another event where God would provide water for those who are thirsty. So what does this have to do with Jesus? And with the Holy Spirit?
The story behind the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” is soul-stirring. What’s even more powerful is the text from which its ideas are drawn - Romans 8. We dive into this text in order to see the truths which ground our confidence in a divine love which will not let us go.
Responses to the Following Questions:
Please explain Isaiah 30:20 - “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them."
According to 1 John 2:20 and2:27, I have received an anointing. What anointing did I receive? And who is the Him when it is “from Him”? Is this God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit?
In followup to a recent sermon on how our culture views sex, we explore the application of 1 Thessalonians 4, which calls upon us to possess our bodies in holiness and honor. We talk strategy for the sexual battlegrounds we face.
God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.
Self-reflection is a necessary discipline. But it can only go so far into your inner thoughts, desires, and will. Only God can reach the deep recesses and bring to light what is hidden there. But are we willing to let Him do His searching and resulting conviction?
A conversation around a well in Samaria transitions from the life of a certain woman to a broader discussion of worship, but it is still directly related to her circumstances and potential barriers for her. Jesus offers a message of hope for her and in the process gives us a simple but profound understanding of worship by describing it in 2 words: SPIRIT and TRUTH. We peel back 3 layers of what may be embedded in those 2 words and see what the layers mean for our practice of worship.
When Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God will not be forgiven, what does He mean? We look at the context and wording of all 3 Gospel accounts of this message, and we try to connect this teaching with the rest of Scripture and what we know about the work of the Spirit.