Will power and mere eﬀort will not allow us to live God honoring lives. We needed greater power (Holy Spirit), and greater motivations.
We can’t talk about the gospel and Christ and not talk about his bride. Through the church the manifold wisdom of God will be revealed to our society.
In a world riddled with disunity, racism, class divide, and demonization… the gospel speaks with power. God is in pursuit of one new humanity where our common ground is Christ, not race, gender, background, political, or economic standing.
The Christian life isn’t static. Paul gives an example of how we are to pray for more of God’s wisdom, love, knowledge, revelation, and power.
What are the elements of this great hymn which covers our past, present, and future?
Malachi ends with a great summary of two kinds of people: those who are righteous and follow God, and those who do not. It becomes a question for Israel and for us today, how shall we live? For God, or not?
We give because God is generous to us, we give because he gave his only son to be poor, so we could be rich in him. God’s people should be a generous people.
We are called to love Lord as one loves a father. This familial love can only pour out in praise as we stand in awe (fear) of his immense power and perfection, especially when seeing his perfect love on the cross.
People often try and clean themselves from the outside in. But only in the new world God is making in Christ, can we have hope for our sins. Only in the once and for all sacriﬁce of Jesus can we ﬁnd true hope where religion and self-will can’t solve our deepest wounds.
Zephaniah 3:1-20God makes a promise that the nations will turn to the Living God, and trust him for salvation. Despite our propensity to not see God’s work among us, if we take a closer look, our God is always wanting to bring people into his family.
Knowing our judgment is justiﬁable before a holy and just God, only leads to the sweet path of seeing the mercies and grace and love of Jesus poured out on sinners like us.
Paul closes with encouragement, and a reminder.
Paul gives practical teaching on the role of prayer in evangelism and the conduct of our speech toward nonbelievers.
Biblical servitude resembles today's workforce more than the slavery of colonial times. And what the Bible has to say is important for both Christian employees as well as their Christian employers.
How do we ﬁght sin and live godly loves with others who desire the same things?
Paul begins this section with clear teaching for living with Christ and ﬁghting sin, as well as living as resurrected people.
Paul engages the implications of Jesus being Lord of all things. The material: food, drink, festivals, are all shadows of things to come. The substance is Christ.
Why look elsewhere? Christ is enough!
What causes disunity? People who don’t share a common faith in Christ. Paul wants the church to seek unity and have the wisdom to spot heretics when they come.
How did Paul’s work beneﬁt the church then, and how does it establish a framework for now?