Pastor Isaac continues in the series over the book of 2 John titled "Nominal Christianity." Our hope for this series is that every verse will speak into how we are to live with Christ at the center of everything we do. We are called to not just be Christians by name, but by practice, as well. This week Pastor Isaac looks at verse 4 and challenges us that we should all be passionate about others coming to know Jesus and walking with Him.
Pastor Isaac starts a new series this week titled "Nominal Christianity" as we walk through the book of 2 John. Our hope for this series is that every verse will speak into how we are to live with Christ at the center of our lives. We are called to not just be Christians by name, but by practice, as well. This first week, Pastor Isaac looks at vv 1-2 and the universal command for all Christians to love the Church and the saints within it.
Based upon the first two sermon's leading up to this point, Pastor Isaac now addresses what our part is for planning for the future and following God's direction. Now that we have talked about how God acts for the future and knows everything about it, we are able to rest knowing that He is God. Still, we have a part to play. Ultimately, we should seek His direction with personal biases aside and then to confidently do something.
From Matthew 6:31-33, Pastor Isaiah continues on the series on God's will by affirming that God is the God of our future. Similar to last week's message that taught that our futures are in God's hands, this week's sermon expounds on the amazing truth that God knows everything about the future. These realities about God have laid the foundation for the next two weeks as we will now transition into seeing how we are to do our part in preparing for the future God has for us.
From Matthew 6:25-30, Pastor Isaac begins our series on God's will by laying the foundation that it is all in God's hands. Before discussing how to make wise decisions and discerning the future, Christian should find initial comfort that God is ultimately in charge and is reliable. Not only is He reliable, but there is no decision that we could make that would limit God from still using us to progress His plan for our lives. In this sermon, we profess that we don't follow a small God who can't be trusted in, but One who knows all and is working in all for our good.
From John 20:11-18, Pastor Isaac talks about the impact that the resurrection has on a Christians life. The example found in Mary's reaction to both Christ's death and resurrection in this Passage shows the modern Christian that there is both sadness and celebration in the work of Christ. While it should bring us great reverence that Christ died on that cross because of us, it should in the same breath give us great joy that this is what He did. For in the cross and the resurrection, He extends to us the same new life with Him.
From Matthew 22:36, Sam talks about the second greatest commandment- to love others. Addressing the question that has been asked for many years, that is why did Jesus give two instead of one, Sam shows that the two are bound and can not be separated. Truly loving God leads to and is manifest loving others. Likewise, if one were to only love others, what reason would he was first loving God?
From Matthew 22:34-36, Pastor Isaac points out that our nature is in complete opposition to our purpose. Though God has called us to love Him with all that we are, our nature is to love ourselves instead. The great thing about this, though? He loves us anyway. No matter how many times we prove our selfishness and demonstrate our desire for our own glory, God forgives and loves us all the same.
As a stand alone sermon, Pastor Isaac speaks from 1 Peter 5:6-7 on the the very thing that plagues the Christian and keeps him from living out his faith in the Gospel- Pride. Though we verbally affirm the Gospel, that we are unable in our transgressions and need a Savior who is greater, we regularly struggle to live it out. Rather than placing our anxieties upon He who cares for us and is able to bear it, we pridefully go at it alone and trust ourselves more than God Himself.
From Galatians 2:9-11 and Galatians 6:1-2, Pastor Isaac continues in the series "Elements of Worship" by discussing the significance that honest and transparent discussion has within the corporate worship setting of the Church. As a member of the body of Christ, we are called to keep one another accountable. This does not mean harsh correction and break ties, but to lovingly correct, build up, and journey with one another through trials.
From Exodus 15:1-2, Pastor Isaac continues in the series "Elements of Worship" by discussing the significance that song has within the corporate worship setting of the Church. More than just being a command we receive in in Scripture over 50 times, as if that's not enough, song is a way in which God receives glory and His people can regularly be reminded of His power.
From 2 Timothy 4:1-4, Pastor Isaac starts off the series "Elements of Worship" by discussing the upmost importance of preaching within the corporate worship setting of the Church. Not only are we are called to preach the Gospel to the lost, but it is God's desire that His people be regularly fed and nurtured by these truths, as well.
From Colossians 2:6-13, Josh discusses how great it is to be made new in Christ. When one enters into a relationship with God, he not only inherits a hope for an eternal future, but is transformed at that very second as a new creation. Because of this, we are called to be set apart as different from the rest of the world, putting to death our natural tendencies, and live daily in His newness.
From John 16:7-8 and John 14:16-17, Pastor Isaac discusses the power of the Holy Spirit for all those that are a part of the universal Church and profess the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. From the very beginning of conversion and for every day that follows, the Holy Spirit illuminates Truth within the hearts of believers and is their comfort and strength through their daily lives.
From Colossians 3:1-4, Pastor Isaac discusses what it means to have a God that reigns over all things. Not only does this speak to how almighty our God is, but it also has implications on us. Namely, we are called to focus on Him who is in Heaven and interact with the world around us with Him as our focus.
From 1 Peter 2:21-25, Pastor Isaiah Jesch focuses upon the death of Jesus Christ for the sins of His people. The Creed’s phrase “He descended into Hell” is explained in light of Christ enduring the wrath of God toward the sins of His people. Since Jesus rose again from the dead, we have a God who understands and empathizes with us in all of our suffering, hardships, trials and stresses. We are invited to come to Jesus, who endured Hell for us, and find Him to be our gracious Saviour.