With this sermon, we are starting a new series of messages in a verse by verse study through the book of Hebrews. This book, rich with great inspiration and valuable information, will be a wonderful encouragement to you helping you to keep walking by faith. IN this introductory message you will discover 8 great things about our wonderful Lord and Savior. (Due to a technical issue, you may need to come back and click here for the final few minutes of the message. We apologize for the inconvenience.)
Naomi encouraged Ruth to find a kinsman-redeemer who would bring security and rest to her life. This act of love was a vivid demonstration that Naomi's heart had become tender to Ruth, her dedicated daughter-in-law. In this 3,100 year old story, there are many parallels to the life of a believer. Make the connection by worshipping with us and learning the lessons of Ruth 3.
The book of Hebrews 2:9-18 describes several reasons why Jesus came to earth. He came to experience death as our substitute; bring many sons to glory; defeat the devil; become a merciful High Priest; and make the offering which satisfied God's holy justice. Worship with us through this passage that led us to the celebration of communion. (Click the graphic to view the worship service.)
In Matthew 1:18-25, we discover details about how Joseph learned that Mary was going to have a Son. In the midst of staggering shock that his bride was expecting, Joseph learned that the Heavenly Father sent Jesus to be "God with us." Jesus came to fulfill the promise of salvation to everyone who believes and trusts Him to be their Savior.
Matthew 1:1-17 contains a long list of relatives of the Lord Jesus. Some of these people had a colorful past. Why did God choose them, and what can we learn about how God deals with people through the family tree of Jesus, the Messiah? Click the tree graphic and enjoy our service as we get ready for Christmas by looking into the genealogy of Christ.
The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2, tells us that wise men saw the star that led them to Bethlehem, and there they worshipped. It also says that Herod heard about the birth of the newborn King and plotted to kill Jesus. Which are you: thrilled to worship Jesus, or threatened that He deserves to be Lord of your life?
Psalm 96 gives a call to worship. It tells us that our we should sing to God to heap glory on His name. We should give to God to worship with open hands. And we should remember that that He will set all things in order because He is the One Who judges righteously. Prepare your heart for Thanksgiving and worship through this significant psalm.
The story is familiar. The ten lepers were healed, and only one stopped to say thank you in praise for what Jesus had done for him. Are you in the ten percent? Are you grateful for the work of God in your life? Like the leper, we all have a disease (sin) that is deadly, and we can do nothing about it apart from Christ. Have you accepted His healing work of the cross and empty tomb. Have you thanked Him lately for His grace to care for you? Luke 17,11-19 tells the powerful story!
The circumstances in Jerusalem in 520 BC were tough, like today. The people were distracted by all the hardship . . . like today. And they were less than faithful, like too many in the current climate. BUt God called them to a new level of obedience, and promised a greater level of blessing for those who would consider their ways and repent.
God is regularly testing our faith to teach us to trust Him more, purging us of impurities, claiming glory to Himself as He works in our hearts. The Lord is giving us reasons to rejoice in what He is doing, giving us joy that is indescribable. And it is our faith that gives us the assurance of our salvation. What is God doing in your faith?