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?
Paul provides a brief picture of what biblical faith looks like, and how we can remain stable, steadfast, and rooted in a gospel-ﬁlled-hope.
Paul wants us to see the Lordship of Christ in all things, and what it means for the church, and how we interact with culture.
In this section, Paul prays a speciﬁc prayer for the people of God to walk in power and knowledge and joy. Why is this prayer signiﬁcant? And how can we follow Paul’s model of praying here?
Christ's life does not end with the cross, but continues on in the resurrection, where is godhood is confirmed in the conquering of death. What does this mean for us?
The incarnational disciple is learning to be aware of God, and making God known in our world in the everyday stuﬀ of life. We are living in the tension of the spiritual and material world.
The disciple of Jesus is to exemplify the call to love neighbor, act justly, and show mercy to those around them. How do we cultivate a life of compassion?
In Jesus, we see the true virtuous and holy life lived in real time. How can we develop a virtuous and holy life like Jesus?