Talk@ how the commercialization of Christmas has spilled over into the commercialization of Jesus and even Christianity. Jesus has become some sort of cosmic bellhop, ever ready to satisfy the whims and qualms of man. Even though He is the Advocate, the Arm of the Lord, Author and Finisher of our Faith, Bread of Life, Captain of Salvation, Chief Shepherd, Corner-Stone, , Creator, Dayspring, Immanuel, The Word, King of King, and Lord of Lords, He is sometimes sparingly used except in extreme emergencies… 1.Life is the energy, the force, the power of being. 2.Life is the opposite of perishing. It is deliverance from condemnation and death. It is the stopping or cessation of deterioration, decay, and corruption. 3.Life is eternal. It is forever. It is the very life of God Himself . However, eternal life does not refer just to duration. Living forever would be a curse for some persons. The idea of eternal life is also quality, a certain kind of life, a life that consistently knows love, joy, peace, power, and responsibility. 4.Life is satisfaction. 5.Life is security and enjoyment. 6.Life is found only in God. God is the source and author of life, and it is God who has appointed Jesus Christ to bring life to man. Jesus Christ gives the very life of God Himself. 7.Life has now been revealed. It has been unveiled and is clearly seen in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ shows man what life is. 8.Life only comes to a man by believing in Jesus Christ. A man outside Jesus Christ only exists. He merely has the existence of an animal. Real life is found only in God. This is to be expected and it is logically true, for God is the creator of life. As the creator of life, He alone knows what life really is and what it is supposed to be. This is the reason He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world: to show men what life is. When a person looks at Jesus Christ, he sees exactly what life is, exactly what it involves
Loved By Christ giving the example of what love is all about, the height, depth, width, and breadth of love… Love operates ahead of time Maybe quote Isaiah 61:1-3 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
Learning from Christ Talk@ Michael Jordon being the greatest but not necessarily having the greatest ability, but he learned how to work with what he had John 14:6 (NKJV) 6esus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Liberty In Christ John 8:36 (NKJV) Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. 1 Chronicles 4:9 (NKJV) Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Honor comes from our knowledge and acceptance of God’s love and instruction 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV) And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
Living with Christ Proverbs 3:5-8 (NKJV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Marks of a Good Pastor 1. Personal knowledge: no stranger to God or gospel experiences 2. Divine call: not from avarice, personal ambition, respect, honor, self-interests, or love of ease 3. Consecrated motives: God's will and glory, salvation of lost souls, and the best interests of the church and all men 4. Divine anointing: not human education, wisdom, polish, and effort only, but divine leading and help 5. Personal interest: acquaintance with his flock, private and public instruction, and helpfulness in all problems 6. Good example: lead, not drive; feed, not destroy; and live what is preached 7. Divine success: be zealous and fearless to protect, heal, preserve, increase, visit, and sacrifice for the flock
Colossians 1:19-23 (NKJV) 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Christ Brings Meaning To Life
Christ Brings Meaning to L.I.F.E.John 1:4 (KJV) In him was life; and thelife was the light of men.John 10:10 (Amp) The thief comes onlyin order to steal and kill and destroy. Icame that they may have and enjoy life,and have it in abundance (to the full, tillit overflows).1 John 5:12 (Amp) He who possesses theSon has that life; he who does notpossess the Son of God does not havethat life.
Christ Brings Meaning to L.I.F.E. Love gives meaning to Life Romans 5:6-8 (NKJV) 6For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Ephesians 3:18-19 (NKJV) 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Christ Brings Meaning to L.I.F.E. Instruction gives meaning to Life Hebrews 5:8 (NKJV) though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. Philippians 2:5-9 (NKJV) 5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
Christ Brings Meaning to L.I.F.E. Freedom brings meaning to Life Galatians 5:1 (NKJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Christ Brings Meaning to L.I.F.E. Eternal Life brings meaning to life 1 John 5:7-12 (NKJV) 7For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Living with Meaning Lead with Love; the 1st response Let Instruction have it’s way; discomfort can lead to delight Freedom is an exercised right, fight the good fight of faith and demand it Eternal Life is a reality; it is available