Sermons on Romans
A life out of focus is a life that is without meaning and purpose. When the people in a church are not focused, the church will also be out of focus. This is the fourth message in this series on how to have a focused life; this week looks at the necessity for followers of Jesus to be joyful!
For a church to be focused outward, looking for ways to connect and engage with the community, it must become a sacrificial church. That means that the people who make up the church must become sacrificial people. Paul has something to say about sacrifice in his letter to the church in Rome.
For most of men, we try to be the best possible father that we can be. However, if we are honest with ourselves, we also know that we are often woefully inadequate to the task of being a father. Thankfully, we have the most excellent Father we can look toward as an example!
Worship has been defined any number of ways in the past. I like the definition of worship that states it is being preoccupied with God. In other words, the rest of the world just doesn’t come into the picture when we enter into worship of Almighty God. The question is, how do we get there?
Here’s a concept we need to truly understand; God desires to be our friend!
When it comes to reaching out, we have to make sure that we are paying attention to what really matters…what counts.
All of mankind faces a universal crisis, it’s called sin. It separates us from God, it makes us ignorant concerning God, and it damages the image of God within each one of us. Thankfully, there is a universal answer to this universal crisis.
Warren Wiersbe said it this way, “A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.” God will test our faith, that much seems clear from Scripture. The real question becomes why, how, and what should our answer be when we are tested?
If you are asked, “Who are you?” how do you respond? Most people start by telling someone their name, or perhaps they mention family connections. I’ve heard people give their occupations, their group affiliations, and even their political party. None of those is truly an answer to the question, Who are you?” When we strip aside all of the false answers we are left with three things to consider; who we perceive we are, who God says we are, and…
Whenever you’re on an unfamiliar journey it is nice to see a familiar landmark in order to confirm that you’re on the correct path. Even Jesus’ disciples needed this from time to time. When His disciples needed a little confirmation about who Jesus was and what His mission was to be, Jesus underwent a transfiguration in front of Peter, James, and John.