After His encounter with Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem, Jesus warns the crowd that it is not what goes into a person that makes them unacceptable to God, but rather what comes out of a person — Jesus exposes the desperate need for a person to be transformed by the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit, to be given a new heart by God, if that person is to have peace with God.
The Lord Jesus confronts the religious leaders, those who are zealous for God but without knowledge. He tells them that their efforts are in vain. In this sermon we consider the biblical teaching on justification by faith in Christ alone.
Are you being a faithful member of the body of Christ? Examine yourself as the writer to the Hebrews instructs us on what our obligation is to one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Then he tells how we can be faithful to fulfill our God-given responsibility and motivates us to do so in light of Christ’s return.
The church in Antioch is in many ways a model church — even as the hand of the Lord was upon the people there it serves as an example for churches today if we are to please the Lord of the church — it was well founded on Christ, it was well grounded in Christ, and it was well balanced like Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:5–10
As the apostle Paul faithfully preaches the gospel he is faced with violent opposition. Yet he is ‘always of good courage’ – why? He trusts the faithfulness of our gracious God, and fixes his gaze on being with Christ. In this passage we have three exhortations for the coming year, in light of what God has promised.