Feelings of Superiority
The body was designed to function at peak level. When it does it is a beautiful thing. The local church is the body of Christ and designed to function at peak level. One of the ailments that prevents the body from functioning properly is when some members believe other members are unnecessary and the body can work without them. This belief is rooted in pride and conveys an individual mission, not the mission of Jesus Christ.
Feelings of Uselessness
The body of Christ is made up of many members, but it is just one body. For the body to be healthy and strong every member must do their part. One thing that harms the local body is when members feel useless to the cause. Overcoming this false belief is key to the local church fulfilling its purpose.
The Mind & Mission of God
The transparency of God can be overwhelming. He holds nothing back in telling us the clear truth. Isaiah 65 is a revelation of the mind and mission of God. What He thinks about sin, sinners, and what He plans to do about it.
A New Way of Life
Sacrifice, grace, open invitation are all the foundation of Christianity. But what happens after that? What does God call us to be after we believe and obey His perfect plan for our salvation? His grace paves the way for us to live a whole new life.
The Lord’s Invitation
In response to God’s savior and His marvelous grace God openly invites all to come. This invitation is for the thirsty, the broke, and even the misguided. This invitation is for everything you need or ever wanted. But you must come with humility and respond with hope to receive his offer.
God has made a remarkable provision for all wandering sheep to return to Him through His servant, Jesus Christ. This incredible act of grace, once understood, has major impact on a person’s life. Isaiah 54 is the exposition of the power of that grace.
The Suffering Savior
The fundamental problem that stands between God and man is the sinfulness of mankind. We have gone our own way, done our own thing, and sought to live without God. This sin causes separation and the only pathway back is for God to justly punish sin. To ensure sin can be punished and sinners be saved God provided a servant to stand in our place – Jesus Christ.
The Servant Savior
God is a saving God. He solves the problems that we cannot solve. Isaiah 42 gives us a glimpse into the servant God will provide to be the Savior we need.
Comfort My People
In the midst of suffering, turmoil, and crisis we find ourselves in desperate need for comfort. Whether our crisis is collective or individual, external or internal – our soul is in need of comfort. God offers us comfort that is based on reality and has life changing effect.
Learning to Wait
Wait upon the Lord is a familiar phrase of Scripture. Likewise, it can be a frustrating phrase to humans. We are prone to trust our plans and our power and forget to live in expectant hope of God’s plans and power. Learning to wait upon the Lord is key to relating to Him properly.