John writes to us from the barren island of Patmos. As he is in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, John hears a trumpet-like voice behind him and turns. Here we read a portrait of Jesus filled with rich meaning in Biblical perspective. Consider your relationship to Jesus, the First and the Last.
Jesus is risen! If not so, the preaching is in vain, our faith is in vain, and we remain in our sins. Study the facts of Jesus’ resurrection as we read in 1 Corinthians 15. Learn of Life Everlasting as we celebrate the True and Living, Risen Savior!
We begin 2 Peter 1 understanding the why we should believe Jesus is God. Peter gives two reasons to explore in our study. Learn the value of an eyewitness, as Peter was witness to Jesus as God. Even more, the sure Word of prophecy throughout the Old Testament and New Testament being fulfilled – exactingly! Herein we are all sinners. “What think ye of Christ?”
We learned from 1 Peter 2:3-15 that we have a Biblical calling to submit ourselves to the authority and rulers that God sovereignly places in our lives. In doing so we show honor to the Lord and to the people that He has placed in our lives. Ultimately we ended seeing Jesus’ perfect example of submission which gives us the model and example to follow.
In this study we examined 1 and 2 Peter to see what things Peter found precious: Precious Trials (1 Peter 1:6-7), A Precious Stone (1 Peter 2:4), Precious Promises (2 Peter 1:4), Precious Faith (2 Peter 1:1), The Precious Blood (1 Peter 1:18). We were encouraged to see what Peter valued the most and what we are to treasure above all things: namely the beauty and infinite worth of Jesus Christ.
The writer of Hebrews exhorted us in Chapter 12 to run the race of the Christian faith with our eyes fixed on Jesus, leaving behind the weight that holds us back. We were challenged by Pastor Brett to endure God’s discipline as His children and to stand firm in His strength through the trials of life. Closing out the study we were reminded that our God is a consuming fire; that his judgment is real, but that we have an eternal inheritance in Christ as we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
This evening we begin the Book of Hebrews. We begin to see some of the themes of the book, including that Jesus is the complete answer to the Old Testament law, and the final word of God to mankind. Brett also taught about Jesus’ power in creating the world and upholding everything in it by His power.
In Genesis 45 we find the account of Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. Nate dives deeper into this story to draw comparisons between Joseph’s loving heart toward his brothers and Jesus’ heart for us. There are some great guidelines in this teaching for those who want to grow deeper in their walks with the Lord.
Before we dive into the study, Pastor Brett provides a helpful review of the book of Revelation. As we read in Revelation 21, we are given a breathtaking view of the new heaven and the new earth, where tears are wiped away and there is no more death, mourning, crying or pain.
With so many people believing the lie, “All paths lead to heaven,” what really sets Christianity apart? Is it really all that different? This morning, as we mull over Romans 1:16-17, we take a look at what makes Christianity distinct from other religions in the world.
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