This passage has much to say about our modern dilemma. What does it look like for the church to respond with faith and love during challenging seasons? How do we leverage Gospel truth to strengthen our love for one another and simultaneously root ourselves in the holiness of Jesus? This and more in under 15 minutes.
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This message is primarily intended for those who embrace the gospel, for true followers of Jesus, for those who say, “I want my life to be shaped by the good news of Jesus.” It is for those who realize that the gospel is not just for them personally, but good news to be shared. It is for those who are increasingly recognizing that part of your purpose in life is to bring the good news into the lives of others.
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The early church was praised as they received Paul's message, accepted it as the word of God, and shared it throughout their lives. Do our lives have similar practices and how do we work together to cultivate them more?
Paul understands the gospel well, and presumably he understands what it means to live out the gospel. So if Paul has some mastery over what it means to be called into God’s kingdom and glory, then his example is significant and worthy of our attention.
“Pippin glanced in some wonder at the face now close beside his own,
for the sound of that laugh had been gay and merry.
Yet in the wizard’s face he saw at first only lines of care and sorrow;
though as he looked more intently he perceived that under all,
there was a great joy: a fountain of mirth enough
to set a kingdom laughing, were it to gush forth.”
Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." Jesus, from John 14:26
The Bible Project - Advent, Peace - https://youtu.be/oLYORLZOaZE
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Pastor Todd talks about the thrill of hope, the death of hope and the rehab of hope. The gospel is the fuel that allows us to navigate through suffering with authentic hope.
The Bible Project Advent video on Hope - https://youtu.be/4WYNBjJSYvE
Todd's blog post on Gospel Realities that can Rehab Your Hope - https://www.facebook.com/notes/east-north-church/12-gospel-realities-to-rehab-hope/2842808569278927/
Pastor Ethan and pastor Todd talk through Sunday's message by JayWill on Job's suffering and Jesus' suffering. Referenced in this podcast is Tim Keller's Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. Enjoy figuring out who's actually talking!
We were made to serve a King - it is part of how God created us. Either we are ruled by the King of destructive sin or we are ruled by a benevolent Savior-King. We will not find the freedom we are looking for unless we submit ourselves to Jesus and his supreme authority.
We would do well to read Judges and recover the power of the stories going on in this book. We will not so much find stories about the hope of humanity, but about the desperate corruption that leaders are accountable for and the surprisingly gracious work of God in spite of bad leaders. Its theme is basically this - God’s people self-destruct when they ignore God’s word and get their values from the surrounding culture. Yet, God delivers his people from hopeless situations in surprising ways. God is in the business of rescuing people from the mess they create.
Check out this Bible Project Video summarizing the book of Judges - https://thebibleproject.com/explore/judges