It is common for us to share good news with those we love, whether it be about a marriage, the expectation of a new baby, a new job. We all burst with good news. Pastor Mark Blowers leads us through a walk of Psalm 19, showing us how nature and God’s Word express the news He has to share with us.
Our tendency is to give an unbeliever just enough of the gospel to get him or her to pray a prayer to receive Christ. Then we immediately put the gospel on the shelf, so to speak, and go on the duties of discipleship.
As a result, Christians are not instructed in the gospel. And because they do not fully understand the riches and glory of the gospel, they cannot preach it to themselves, nor live live by it in their daily lives nor share it with others.
We forget for many reasons. Whether it is simple human forgetfulness or if we become distracted or willfully forget, God knows that we have the knowledge we need but we need to remember it. And in Isaiah 40:21-24, our attention is drawn to those things that help us remember the goodness and glory of God.
Last week we took a very practical glance at what it looks like to have Christ at the center of your life. We took a bit of a survey of the book of Colossians and noted that Christ-centeredness must begin with a proper perspective. We must see Christ as all of life and in all of life…being captivated by His infinite worth and joyfully yielded to His Lordship. Christ is the whole pie! He flavors every slice of the pie that is the Christian’s life. Do you see your life this way? Do you have a Christ-centered perspective?
While a proper perspective is crucial to Christ-centeredness, Paul doesn’t stop there in His writing to the Church. For, Christ-centeredness requires effort – a grace-driven, Spirit-empowered effort. In other words, you’re not going to just cruise towards an increasingly Christ-centered life. As the Scripture says, we must “discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness” [1 Tim. 4:7-10]. Today we’ll briefly remind ourselves of three basic disciplines that should be a part of a Christian’s life. These three godly rhythms will prove indispensable to your Christ-centered pursuit!
Last week we continued our brief excursion to consider the relevance and prominence of idolatry that is present in our world…and in our lives. We saw Jesus’ warnings and instructions to beware of things that can so easily consume our thoughts and absorb our investment. He taught us what real life really is and what should consume our thoughts and absorb our investment of time and resources.
Paul straightforwardly echoed Jesus’ words to the Colossians in chapter 3:1-4. The central point of these scriptures is abundantly clear – Christ should hold the central place in our lives. Christ should be at the center of your life around which everything else orbits.
In our continuing discussion concerning idolatry, we take a look at Colossians 3:1-4 to delve upon what do we make ultimate. We are so tempted to make present things ultimate and place them at the center of our existence. But as Paul explains, when we do the real ultimate things become cloudy at best.
It’s easy for us to simply assume that idolatry was just an Old Testament issue. Moreover, it’s easy to assume that turning from idolatry to the living and transcendent God is just one time move. It’s sometimes difficult to see how the image of someone bowing before a fancy statue or dancing around a totem pole could possibly be relevant to my life and in my culture.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered why idolatry was ever alluring to the people of Israel to begin with. Perhaps you continue to wonder if idolatry really is something that we have to battle against today.
As people we attempt to capture things in pictures and words to describe them to others. Oftentimes, what we capture fails to convey the experience in real life. So it is with our God. Listen as Pastor Dustin Rogers digs through Isaiah 40 showing us a Living God that cannot be depicted by anything we can imagine.
In our own personal struggles and story, we like to have a reason or an answer for what we go through. The Bible has many stories of those who experienced trials and got those answers. But what if we don’t? Pastor Dustin leads us through Isaiah 40:12-14 referencing Job’s story as he goes to encourage us that what we really need is God and that is enough.