03/19/2017 • Pastor Keith
Today, weâ€™re kicking off a series through one of my favorite letters in the Bible. 1 John was written to Christians who were confused about what it meant to be a Christian. Itâ€™s often been assumed that John was writing this letter to directly combat a first-century distortion of Christianity called Gnosticim. Though I canâ€™t fully explain this belief system in 2 minutes, they took a dualistic approach to life. Everything on the world is evil, but there is a spirit world in which everything is good. So, our body is always going to be evil, because itâ€™s natural. Our only hope for deliverance from this oppressive was through knowledge.
03/26/2017 • Pastor Keith
Today, I want to talk to people who trust Jesus, but canâ€™t trust God the Father. I have a feeling that many of us view our heavenly Father like we view an abusive father. We have to walk on eggshells, afraid of incurring His wrath. Maybe you feel as if He is distant, uninvolved with your life. Or maybe you feel a heavy weight of trying to please Him, of somehow trying to earn his favor. Whatever the case, I want to introduce you to a God described this way in 1 John 4:8: God is love.
04/02/2017 • Pastor Keith
Over the last couple of weeks, weâ€™ve been working our way through 1 John. Weâ€™ve learned that we can KNOW we are forgiven. We can KNOW God is for us. Today, there is something else we need to know. We need to KNOW we have an enemy gunning for us. An enemy that is all about breaking up our relationship with God.
04/09/2017 • Pastor Keith
As you read through Scripture, sin has always been a problem. No shock there. Youâ€™ve struggled with sin, Iâ€™ve struggled with sin. So did our parents, grandparents, great-great-grandparents on down the line. If, in BC days (before Christ or for the purposes of my illustration, before the cross), we would have been fortunate enough to have been Godâ€™s chosen people, the Jews, we would have been familiar with the process for dealing with sin. It involved blood. There had to be a sacrifice made for the sins of the people. And for 365 days, their sins were taken away. But, it had to happen again the next Day of Atonement. The cross symbolizes a significant change. And it had everything to do with WHO was raised to hang on the cross.