Jesus says he’s the good shepherd who isn’t like the others. Jesus says he loves and cares for his sheep like no one can. And the beauty of Jesus is that by grace he’s still going after his sheep and bringing them into the fold.
Jesus suggests in his day there were many false Messiah’s and liars pretending to be the way, truth, and the life. But only Jesus can invite us into his family, Kingdom, and blessings now and forevermore. What are the false doors we constantly run through?
How does the person and work of Jesus make him the light of the world? How are we to live as lights in a dark world?
Jesus makes a bold claim that he’s the bread of life. A resource in ancient culture that wouldn’t be taken for granted. The source of life and satisfaction. Jesus is saying the same: I am your source of life and satisfaction
Jonah wanted God’s justice to come to Nineveh and the people of Assyria, but not his love and grace. We need both. But God shows again his unrelenting compassion and deals with Jonah’s anger. What can we learn from this exchange between God and Jonah?
We all have to come to end of ourselves to see our need for God. Jonah is trying to run away from God and going deeper into himself and away from God’s grace. His prayer reveals an encounter with God and his grace. The end of himself.
Jonah runs and God will not let him go. A great storm comes upon the ship and the pagan sailors need Jonah’s help. The response of the sailors contrasted with Jonah’s sleepiness is an eye opening revelation of who Jonah really is. Where Jonah ﬁnds his true identity and hope.
Why would God send Jonah to an enemy of God’s people? Another thing that makes this book interesting is the fact Jonah resists the call. He’s a prophet of God given the words of God for Assyria, and Jonah runs. What does the ﬂight of Jonah reveal about him, us, and God?
Everyone is a worshipper. The question is what and whom do we worship? Our identity and calling as worshippers and disciples do not happen in isolation. They happen in a family we call the Church.
As couples submit to Christ and one another, we get a glimpse into our union with Christ. And we also get a practical way to love our wives: as Christ laid his life down for the church, we are to lay down our live for our spouse. How can marriages be driven and centered on Christ?
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.
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.