As you know, we’ve titled this series “Secure”. Security is a big deal in our world. Billions and billions of dollars are spent each year with the aim of keeping our stuff, safety, and health secure for this brief period of time that we have on this earth. My friends, God is ALSO concerned that you would feel secure – in the present. But, the security He’s after isn’t related to your stuff or even your health…but for your eternal soul. He wants you to KNOW that you are HIS! He wants you to be able to lay your head on your pillow each night knowing that no matter what happens, you’re good because you’re in HIM!
1st John will help us to see that this security God intends for us to have is rooted in an Accuracy with regard to Jesus that leads to Authenticity with regard to Faith.
Welcome, Pat Abendroth, the lead teaching pastor at Omaha Bible Church as he walks us through the Rich, Young Ruler in Matthew 19:16-30 and reminds us how we are justified by faith alone in Christ Jesus alone.
The introduction to Hebrews starts with a loud statement of the passing from one covenant to another. Where God spoke through prophets, now he speaks through his Son. We can directly speak with God through Jesus. All of this is due to Jesus’ life, sacrifice and conquering of death. His entire set of attributes is proof of his deity and his ability to deliver us from our sin. He is worthy of every second of worship we offer to Him.
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
We will face trials and tribulation in this present life. But, Peter turns our attention to hope. Not just any hope, but a transforming hope, and a hope only found in Jesus Christ!
After pointing us to a future promise of enternal life and a future in heaven with God, Peter turns us back to our current but temporary reality: this life will give us trials and tests used to build, shape and fortify our faith.