John wants the Church to know the GLORY of God! – that is what is MOST relevant to our lives! What John is telling the whole church is that in this fallen world knowing God personally through the 3-officed mediator Christ is the only way to have peace that matters – and it gives dignity to all our actions.
Revelation Of (Revelation 1:1-3)
The first eight verses have been seen by many great commentators as John’s introduction or prologue. These form an excellent road map for where the Book will take us. And it gives us hope for what we will find in a book many are reticent of – because it focuses us on Christ as Victor and Prophet! Behind it all we see that God reveals because He loves His people!
Vindication and Love (Psalm 7:1-17)
The coming judgment of God on sin is everywhere bursting to come and we cannot have a proper appreciation of this unless we take every thought captive to Christ and find ourselves IN Christ wholly. Only then will we long for Justice and be compelled by Christ’s Love. Only then will Vindication and Covering Grace be demanded without any hypocrisy.
Eager Easter Hope (Romans 8:15-25)
The more good we know, the greater appetite we have for consummation. The most sanctified saints are in one sense the most miserable, but will be the most richly satisfied! This is why we have to live the Christian life by thinking backwards if we are to Face the sufferings of life with Resurrection Faith that overcomes. Christian hope is seated firmly in the future resurrection out of which we now live!
Restoring or Revealing (2 Samuel 19:9-46)
There is a time gap between v.8-9 – we don’t know how long. but we are reminded that Wining the War is one thing. Winning the Peace is something else. And what we see from all David’s life, but especially here is that only king Jesus can be trusted with all our hearts!
Weeping for a Son (Matthew 23:37-39)
If you think about it, the Triumphal Entry, Palm Sunday, is a strange sort of triumph. Marching toward Death, while men and angels sing Hosanna. What a pleasing grief and mournful joy we find here. But you see our salvation rests wholly on God dying to kill our sin!
Family Lines (Genesis 4:17-26)
What the Bible really focuses on when it comes to sin is not the EVIL without but the wickedness within. You see the progress of sin is rampant when unchecked by the hand of God because “Self” is an insatiable MONSTER and what we will see in our text this morning is the battle ground of the seed of the woman and serpent unmasks the hidden evil of our hearts, it assaults our souls in every part if we read it right, but it also calls attention to God’s faithfulness in continuing the line of the seed of the woman, in getting the world too the FULLNESS of Time because, God will protect the seed of the woman till Christ wins the final victory!
Away From God’s Presence (Genesis 4:1-16)
This world is a battle ground according to God’s promise concerning the seeds – and the battle is for our hearts! Remember what Adam lost sight of first was the goodness of God – his heart went cold toward God. Now we are turned out of the garden, not to Hell, but to a kingdom of Darkness and evil days – But God is constantly pursuing His children in this darkness. That is why by faith we can stand in the day of evil fully satisfied in God!
Samuel (an overview) (2 Samuel 14:1-33)
The name Samuel means “hear God” and that is an apt title for a book that has several important highlights where God spells out what He is doing in bringing about a King after His own heart that will not be a substitute for God – but instead will overflow with God’s own love. The ultimate climax however, comes in this king of God’s being a life giving divine warrior who will provide a means to bring back the banished ones – through His own death.
Grace to Overcomers (Genesis 3:20-24)
It is not easy to deny Total Depravity and the sinful condition of this World. We are constantly surrounded by the context of pain and death. What we have in our text this morning is wonderful because it shows us how God provides powerful promises and powerfully provides Himself so that we have hope even in the context of pain and death, because we will overcome through Him who overcame.And there can be no doubt that faith will latch on to God and His Word and will become an overcomer!