Jesus is our Lord, September 27, 2015

Paul taught, for us . . . there is but one LORD, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 8:6).  And Paul taught that Jesus is Lord of all (Romans 10:12). Jesus warned, Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:33). That early Christian did not disown his Lord.

Some questions for us:
– did God authenticate Jesus as Lord? Yes (Luke 2:11, John 20:31)
– did Jesus claim to be Lord? Yes (John 13:13, Matt. 28:18)
– is it important that we believe Jesus is who He said He is? Yes (John 8:24)
– what did the first century church preach? (Acts 2:21, 36; 2 Cor. 4:5, 1 Peter 3:15, Col. 2:6, 1 Thess. 5:9, Rom .6:23)

Implication:
– salvation is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:22-31, Rom. 10:9, 12-13)

Important:
– when summing up his ministry, Paul said “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus (Acts 20:21)
– Paul said, “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living (Rom. 14:9)
– if Jesus is my Lord, then I am his bondservant (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
– a bond servant is a voluntary slave for life out of love for his master who gives up everything – it’s a position of honor
– all true believers are bond servants (Rev. 1:1)
– obedience is required of a servant (Luke 6:46, Matt. 28:19-20)

– are salvation and punishment related to obedience? (Heb. 5:9)
– what if we don’t obey? (2 Thess. 1:8-9)
– did Jesus make obedience a salvation issue? (Matt. 7:21-23)
– are there special blessings for those who obey? (john 14:21,23-24)
– are there conditions dependent upon obedience? (John 15:10, 14)

– Grace is available to surrender to His Lordship. For some it is instant revelation and others it is progressive. (Phil. 2:9)

Jesus is Our Advocate, September 20, 2015

1 John 2:1-6
An advocate is a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, or cause. It’s someone who will present someone else’s case.
John 14:1-4, 15-18, 23-27; 16:7-11
This the Holy Spirit comes along side of us, to live in side of us to do:
1. teach us
2. remind us
3. testify (John 15:26)
4. convict us
“Christ is good and holy and pure; to reject him is to convict oneself of being opposed to goodness and holiness and purity and love.” (Erdman)
In the New Testament, the word advocate no only means the “called alongside one”, but there is a purpose to his being there: to assist, to comfort, to counsel, to defend, to intercede on behalf of another
“The Holy Spirit is God’s advocate on earth with men. While Christ is mans’ advocate with the Father in heaven.
John 8:1-11
The attitude of an advocate, of mercy, grace, love, forgiveness is Jesus our Advocate

Jesus is a Friend of Sinners, September 13, 2015

Luke 19:1-10, Romans 5:6-8, Mark 2:13-17, Luke 7:34 (Jesus is a friend of sinners)
– Jesus calls the unlikely to follow Him
– Jesus calls the undesirable to follow Him
– Jesus calls the spiritually unhealthy to follow Him
  1. what does this teach me about God?
  2. what does the text teach me about sinful humanity?
  3. what does this text teach me about Jesus Christ?
  4. what does God want me to know?
  5. what does God want me to do?
  Conclusion: Jesus was a friend of sinners. He reached out to the undesirable, called the unlikely and healed the spiritually unhealthy. He cared for them, He spent time with them, and He loved them. If this is true of our Master, then it should also be true of us.

Jesus is Alive, Pastor Susan O’Reilly, September 6, 2015

-Eph. 2:1-7, Gen. 4:1-7
– What is sin? Romans 3:23
– we are all born bad
– Eph. 2:1 – sin steals and robs our true existence and meaning in life (Rom. 6:23)
– sin fascinates before it assassinates
– but God… (Eph. 2:4, John 3:16)
– what’s the answer – God!

The only way to be alive is to follow God.
Receive His love.
Can’t earn it – don’t deserve it!
Accept it!  He is obssessed with YOU!
He who knew no sin became sin – so that we would live.  We belong to Jesus!
We are totally forgiven, totally accepted and  totally loved by our heavenly father.
We must receive His love.  He is enough!
He approves me and loves me.
It’s not about our performance, our pedigree, background –
The Good News is – Jesus came to pay the price for us to go from a place of separation to a place of belonging!

– we belong to Jesus! Jesus is Alive!