Jesus was not just a King. He also came as a shepherd “a leader who will shepherd My people Israel” (Mt 2:6b). Initially it seems a contradiction, a King that is also a shepherd. So, that make us wonder.. What does Jesus as a shepherd should mean to us? Matthew 2:1-6 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea […]
Genesis 12:1-3 Exodus 19:3-8 1 Samuel 8:1-7 1 Samuel 9:2 1 Samuel 10:23-24 1 Samuel 16:6-13 Isaiah 9:2-8 Luke 1:30-33 Matthew 3:16-17 Matthew 21:9 Mark 11:10 Luke 19:38 John 12:13 Revelation 22:12, 16-17, 20-21
James 3:1-12 (ESV) Taming the Tongue 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into […]
James 2:1-13 (ESV) The Sin of Partiality My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who […]
Our Lord has more new wine, always more new wine. He is always bringing to you and wanting to give to you something fresh and new and vibrant. Something which will move in you to increase your vision, to have you ‘step up the rung’ of your commitment, to stimulate your passion for loving others. Something which will increase your vision of what could and should happen in your life. Something which will make you dream of possibilities and then say – Why not? Our Lord always has more new wine for you but the question is: Can your wineskin handle it?
What is your goal as a disciple of Christ?
In the first verses of James 1, James provides a progression of ideas that is required for believers to strive towards what needs to be our goal. Trials result in perseverance, perseverance results in spiritual maturity and spiritual maturity ultimately results in receiving the crown of life. It is the crown of life – the promise of eternal life that is our goal.
Are we bringing the “first” of our life to God? Explore through the Old and New Testaments the principle of fist and the ideas of sacrifice and redeem. God redeemed us with the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. In response, are we willing to bring our first to God?
The vision of SCCC is to “be a people who passionately follow Jesus to see all made whole.” To move forward in accomplishing the vision significant planning working together is required. However . . . we will not rely on planning. We will not rely on perseverance. We will follow the example of King David in Psalm 33 and place our hope and trust in God. We will rely on the power of God’s Spirit in us to move forward.
Nicodemus was a religious leader, but he didn’t have all the answers. So he came to Jesus one night to discuss spiritual matters. In the context of that conversation, Jesus said “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15) This statement is the foundation of our salvation; our personal relationship with God. To help us understand its meaning we need to go back to the time of Moses and study the historical account of the snakes in the desert.
Last week we talked about purpose, that we are a family, but not just a family… we are a family with a purpose. God didn’t establish us here as a family just to see us hanging out together, like a family sitting together in a couch doing nothing, that is boring. To have goals in our Christian life motivate us, to have a brilliant and exciting life in Christ. So we need to have goals. We need to learn how to focus is on the direction God has been point us to go. If to develop godly goals is so important then, what are the important information we need to know, as followers of Jesus Christ, about setting goals for our life? What does the Bible has to tell us about that?