In this message we explore the significance of living in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, regardless of the circumstances we face as Christians. We delve into Philippians 1:27-30 to understand why this is crucial and discover practical ways to embody this as a Gospel-centered church.
One of the ways that we live as citizens of heaven is to make our primary goal to exalt Christ. Paul declared and demonstrated this truth by saying that if he were to live, it would be for the benefit and progress of others in their faith, and if he died, it would be far better for Him. So to live is Christ, and to die is gain, so either way, both in life or death, Christ would be exalted. Our hope and prayer is that this would be our perspective and aim as well, as we live as citizens of heaven.
The apostle Paul writes this epistle from a prison cell, yet it radiates with gratitude, affection, and hope. This Sunday, our focus will be on the opening verses, Philippians 1:1-11, where Paul expresses his heartfelt thanks and prays for the believers in Philippi. These verses provide us with a powerful model of joyful partnership in the Gospel.
As we close out our series through Habakkuk, we join with the prophet as he rests in joy and worship. Moved from complaint to trust, we will be challenged to take our fears to God, and trust in the One who is the joy of our salvation!
As we close out our series through Habakkuk, we join with the prophet as he rests in joy and worship. Moved from complaint to trust, we will be challenged to take our fears to God, and trust in the One who is the joy of our salvation!
The lack of justice, evil and agony we experience in this world is not the last word on our suffering. Habakkuk has demonstrated the value of lament for us as followers of Christ. Throughout the first two chapters we have learned that even in what seems to be a desperate situation -- God is working His plan! Now that Habakkuk has heard definitively from the Lord that suffering is inevitable, we will see the next critical step when we lament.
God’s acceptance is not God’s approval, and what God allows will be called into account. Wickedness, evil, violence, and injustice will not have the final word; the one from all eternity, the Lord in His holy temple, has both the first and the last word.
Our screens, our newspapers, our friends, family and even our own bodies scream calamity. Danger without and within has become the norm and often we lack the resources to deal with it. As Habakkuk wrestled similarly in his world, the God he questioned infused his calamity with hope. His Lord gave him the resources to stand firm in a quaking world. Let us find that same strength as we study Habakkuk 2:2-5 together.
What are we to do, as people of faith, when we face ongoing, lingering, and long-term challenges, hardship, and suffering? What are we to do when it feels like God is not providing help, deliverance, or relief? The book of Habakkuk helps us in these times by giving us guidance, understanding, and hope.