In this message we explore the first of 6 vision cycles in Revelation. We hear Jesus' words to the church living here in this world. Then as now, it faced serious challenges: assimilation to culture, persecution, complacency. And then as now, Christians had to decide whether to go forward on Exodus or go back to Egypt. Small Group Questions are at the end of the sermon notes.
God has given you special and unique gifts and talents. More than that, He has made you part of something much greater than yourself -- what Paul calls the Body of Christ. The question is, will you serve Him with all your heart?
When it comes to marriage, we are all too used to the old normal of this broken world. Not Jesus! He points the way to a whole new way of being what God made us to be in the first place. Call it "God's New Normal."
Adultery is a story with a beginning and an ending. Jesus warns us not to let the story ever get started. To do so means that we see members of the opposite sex not as objects but as reflections of God's image in this world.
We've all heard the command: "You shall not commit adultery." But to truly understand its meaning we must know what marriage is from God's point of view. Once we grasp God's purpose in marriage, then we can discover how to bring His life and love into our world and find forgiveness for the ways we have failed.
What can the Woolly Bear teach us about how we can enter God's Kingdom? It turns out that the caterpillar's journey from inching across the pavement to flying above the trees as a Tiger Moth is a wonderful picture of the deep change that God works in us, if we will trust Him enough to let it happen.
Jesus calls to be salt and light. That means we are to preserve what is good in God's Creation and shine the light of His presence into its dark places. When we do, we fulfill our purpose as people made in His image.