1 Corinthians 12
As Paul exhorts the Ephesian Church to holy living, avoiding evil and being filled with the Spirit, he takes time to address how this can be manifested in marriage. He speaks to the individual responsibilities of husbands and wives, but makes it clear that the underlying guidance comes from the Christian call to humility and servanthood. Each should seek to see the other edified.
What are we to expect of our Christian witness in 2021? Are we admirers of Christ or followers? We look at examples of the three ingredients for a bold witness: faith in His promises, courage despite the cost, and Christ's love for the lost. May we run with endurance as we seek to share the Gospel to the world.
We study the experience of the Israelites in the wilderness as it relates to our interactions with God. If we only communicate in prayer when times are hard, we may have false expectations of what God will do. When they asked for provision, they most likely didn't expect daily manna, yet God provided. If we fellowship with God daily, we will find peace in whatever way He responds.
We explore the power of the Word of God. As we feed on His Word, our souls are filled with life and joy. His ways are not our ways, but they reveal His mercy and grace, if we're willing to seek after Him while we still can. Don't miss out on His purposes.
On this Fourth of July, we reflect on the matter of freedom. The dictionary, and modern society, see it as enabling individuals to do as they please, regardless of the consequences. However, the Scriptures make it clear that we are in bondage to sin and self-interest. By faith in the work of Christ on the cross, we have true freedom and power to resist sin, and to serve others.
To what things do we give our greatest attention? Is it our job, family, money, pleasure? We often give our worship to idols such as these, when our full attention should be toward Jesus and His ways. When our sight is on the Light, we see the world as it truly is, and can then positively impact every other area of our life.
We are barraged with national and international news, and we reflect on how the Body of Christ can have an impact. But, as we continue our summer series, we consider the expectations of how the Church is to make an impact on local communities. If we reflect the life of Christ to our neighbors, we can change our local community, which can in turn affect our nation.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
As we continue the series "God, Life and Our Expectations", we explore the subject of suffering and it's impact on us. Suffering has always been a part of life since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. Jesus experienced God's grace in the midst of his suffering, and thus proved that we too can experience resurrection life. His grace is sufficient for us, and His power is manifested in our weakness.