Pastor BJ continues his series in 3 John. A wonderful letter from St John to a disciple, a leader, an elder (?) with some encouraging words. Words that can encourage and instruct us today.
In today’s sermon Pastor Jeff pulls together events from Genesis and Revelation with a text out of The Acts of the Apostles. What an amazing story of God creating many languages to “separate” peoples, but at the right time bringing the good news of the gospel to all these languages.
The third letter of St John is not often preached. This might be the first time it has been preached at Stonebridge Church! We are delighted that Pastor BJ Newman is preaching a 4-sermon series on this short letter. By this first sermon we know we will be helped, encouraged and we will learn about this special letter.
Are we really ready to follow Jesus? Or are we simply enthused about the wonderful things he has done for us or our family? Jesus is really asking for total commitment: to follow where he goes; to go where he sends us; to put him before our families, our clan, or clubs, etc.
We come to the second event which St Matthew records with the purpose of showing his readers that Jesus is indeed the King of the Kingdom of God, and that he has the authority to dispense his mercy, his power, his pleasure on whomever he wishes, and how he wishes. This would have been shocking to the Jewish readers as well as to those Jews who were following Jesus when this event happn
God gave to Nehemiah new eyes, a new perspective, on a call to restore the worship of God to his broken city of Jerusalem. Do we have that same perspective for our world? Listen as visiting pastor Jeff Lavalette draws on Nehemiah’s story for us.
St Matthew’s gospel tells the story of Jesus from the perspective of God’s Kingdom. Matthew wants his readers to see Jesus as the promised king, who would establish and rule of the Kingdom of God. In chapters 8-11 St Matthew demonstrates how the promised king will actually solve or correct all that is wrong with the world as it is, and return the world to how God intended it.
The Holy Spirit plays a much more open, visible role in the New Testament as opposed to the Old. The Holy Spirit is key in regeneration- bringing to life the spiritually dead part of people. He is also involved in changing a follower of Jesus to more and more exhibit traits that mirror or reflect the character of a citizen of the Kingdom of God.