In 1 Thessalonians, St Paul defends his ministry to the Thessalonians. Can we defend our service or ministry in the same way?
Jim Scullion continues his series in 1 Thessalonians on just what is true “Gospel Church”.
Most people have had many ideas of what Jesus was, how he might have looked, what he might have represented when he was here on earth. In today’s Sermon text, St John provides us his description of Jesus, and Pastor Jeff walks us through those verses.
In St John’s gospel, chapter 15, Jesus uses the picture of a grape vine to explain some aspects of the relationship which believers have with God. Grape vines were probably more common in those days, or at least to a higher percentage of the population than they are today, but Pastor Mike is speaking from personal experience as he takes us through this text.
We can gain perspective on what a ‘true church’ is by looking at how St Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica. This church was really, really young, yet St Paul suggests that they are a true church.
Jeff Lavalette John 3:22-30
St John abruptly ends the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in Chapter 3 of his gospel, but he tends to do that (abrupt transitions) for a reason. But the next event might seem equally “random”, and when attention turns to Jesus voice? Well, what are we to make of that?
The sermon title is a good question, don’t you think? People make all kinds of claims about what they have done, how wonderful they are, and to what group they belong. So how do we know who real Christian is? How do we know we are true Christians if we claim we are? Is it possible do be self-deluded? Jim Scullion suggests the answer can be found in St Paul’s letter to the Philippines chapter 3.
Why does St Paul have some confidence about “God working all things for good…” in Romans 8:28? James Stafford gives us some reasons in today’s sermon.