In the second of two sermons, we move beyond diagnosis of the problems with our thinking and work toward the solutions which are available in Christ. If Christ is the redeemer of our entire being, then He is also the redeemer of our minds. We explore 8 categories of thoughts from Philippians 4:8 on which we should be focusing our thinking.
We have 4 stories intertwined in Hosea 2: Hosea and Gomer, Achan’s sin at Jericho, the Exodus, and God’s relationship to Israel. But the 5th story in this text is yours. It’s what this text is telling you about how you have treated God and what He has done in response.
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.
Psalm 107 gives us four pictures that capture our experience of lostness and brokenness until God intervened: Desert Wanderers, Guilt-Bound Prisoners, ......
Shame is probably one of the most under rated emotions when dealing with sin. Not only does shame make us place a label on ourselves but it can also make us withdraw from God leaving us feeling even more alone. Today we explore the destructive nature of shame and how Jesus frees us from its bondage.
If you think your family is dysfunctional, it probably is. But so are all of ours. And we see the depths of sin and brokenness in family dynamics played out vividly in the Book of Genesis. But there is also hope for those family relationships in the pages of the same book.
A tour through some salvation stories in the Scriptures that show us why singing praises is a celebration of what God has done