Sermons on Doctrine
What do you trust; who do you trust? These are questions that deserve a considered answer. Christians can be guilty of trusting the wrong things. We can begin to trust methods and events and programs more than we trust Jesus. When that happens we need to address the failure quickly. We take our example from Israel, as they prepare to attack Ai for a second time…
We can all relate to this, it’s called failure. It can seem so final, so devastating to who we are. I’m sure that Joshua felt this way after the men of Israel were defeated at Ai. How was he supposed to lead them back into battle? How was he ever going to be used by God again? Certainly, his failure meant that he was done, right?
This particular passage in Joshua is one that contains some difficult concepts. How serious is sin to an absolutely holy and righteous God? What do we do when we face circumstances where God’s actions are…hard to understand? It all comes down to faith…
A battle is coming for the nation of Israel. While they have crossed the Jordan River without opposition, the lack of opposition is about to end. However, before they draw a single sword the Lord has some important business to finish with His people. They need to renew their faith.
Many people when starting a race tend to begin a little quick. They start so fast that they end up burning out before they make it to the finish line. Or, even worse, they step wrong and injure themselves. So, before we take that first step into enemy territory, we need to make sure we focus on the right things.
We are, of course, going through interesting times, difficult times, and even sad times. However, I also believe that God is still in control, and that this time can be useful to us in order to evaluate and re-engage. When this is all over, it won’t go back to the same old “normal.” So, we should use this time to make a new beginning…
There is one obstacle that we, humans, are incapable of overcoming. That obstacle is sin. No matter what method we choose to try, we cannot overcome sin apart from Jesus. We take a look at Jesus on this Easter Sunday, and how He overcame sin on our behalf!
During times of chaos and tumult one natural response can be despair. However, for someone who desires to be a disciple of Jesus, despair isn’t the answer. We can learn from Jesus about how to respond in order to overcome despair.
The final message in our series, Renewal, this message focuses on the proof of our renewal; our actions.
Not only must we work to have our minds and spirits renewed and our hearts cleansed, we must also decide to change our attitude. Are you prepared to change your attitude in order to change your behavior?