Sin is often tolerated and sometimes even accepted. Not just in the world, but also by many Christians. If we understood the price that was paid for our sin, how much our sine really cost, we would have a much more visceral, and truthfully realistic, reaction to sin. We also live in a society where love is ridiculously over used and undervalued. We love pizza and we love the Cowboys. We live in a society where to love someone you must agree with them. And if you don’t agree with them, then you must hate them. But today, I want to share with you what real love is. Real love is sacrificial. The only reason we can and do love is because he first loved us, and today, we celebrate the greatest act of love that was ever committed. Jesus paid a horrific price for sin because of His love for us.
As we approach Easter let's examine the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas arrives with a small army because Jesus seems to be a threat. However, prophecy was being fulfilled, and so Jesus allowed Himself to be apprehended, and the rest . . . as they say . . . is history!
You’ll notice that God has been giving Joseph and I similar things to minister on over the last couple weeks. That is the idea that we are to love and have compassion on the lost and to see the value in the harvest. So, what does having compassion for the lost look like and how do we put in that into action? One of the ways is sharing the gospel. Not only corporately, but as individuals. But, to share the gospel, we have to know what it is. That is what we will look at today.
There are a couple of prevailing ideas going on in this world that are setting people up for failure. The first is nothing is my fault, and the second is the idea of entitlement. But the scripture teaches that we are to take responsibility for our own actions. Today we look at the practical application of being personally responsible.
There are a couple of prevailing ideas going on in this world that are setting people up for failure. The first is nothing is my fault, and the second is the idea of entitlement. But the scripture teaches that we are to take responsibility for our own actions. Today we look at the theology behind personal responsibility.
Building on the previous encouragements to endure and continue "in faith" the writer tells us how much better our experience is under the new covenant. It was terrifying for the Israelites to approach God but for us it's an invitation to a future "festival" gathering with those who have gone ahead of us. Meanwhile we have entered into an unshakable kingdom.