As we’ve worked through the letter of 1st John, we’ve seen the Apostle weave a web of security for the people of God…a web of security that shields us from the fears and insecurities that seek to hunt us down and rob us of the joy of knowing where we stand with Him. What a blessing it is that God desires for us to know and experience assurance and security in Him!
In 1st John 5:1-5, John brings the main points of this web of security together as he moves toward his powerful conclusion. I look forward to studying this with you as we gather for worship.
It’s time we had a talk about masks. Through the first 18 months of this COVID crisis, I have been so thankful to God and proud of this church family for how we have navigated the difficult waters. It has been challenging to be sure and yet the collective efforts toward brotherly love and unity in our continued worship of God have been remarkable to witness and experience. However, the recent edicts from our local governing authorities have posed new challenges to us and have raised new tensions in our midst. As Elders, we want to be honest about these and address them biblically, directly, and transparently. So, as we open God’s Word we will seek God’s eternal wisdom that imports so readily to our present day. Though the mask mandate will sit in the background as a pressing issue, the sermon will not fundamentally be about masks but about God, His Word, His Body, and our collective worship of Him! “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2–3)
As we continue our series in 1 John, we come to the familiar and yet remarkable text of chapter 4 verses 7-12. Here we find John once again returning to what is, perhaps, his favorite theme. The theme of love. As he grounds and motivates God’s people to love one another, John shows us the Source of love and then sets it in a Showcase. He then concludes with a statement that is both awe-inspiring and persuasive to our hearts. These are challenging days my friends. We need love…we must love one another. We must ever return to the source of love and gaze at Him.
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.