Perhaps the greatest privilege that God’s people have enjoyed since the coming of Jesus is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit indwells every believer and has been given to satisfy the thirst of our souls through Spirit-empowered worship and fellowship. As the Spirit fills God’s people, a credible gospel community is formed.
The Christian is exhorted to put on the armor of God and thereby to withstand the attacks of the enemy. To this is added the need for prayer. In prayer we express our dependence on God. By devoting ourselves to prayer, we are able to see God accomplish his work through us, which both encourages us […]
God desires for his people to be spiritually mature so that they do not give in to deceit and the schemes of the devil. But the only way to become spiritually mature is through the proclamation of the gospel and its application to our everyday lives. God has designed for us to grow spiritually as […]
Once we become aware of the privileges of belonging to Christ, we are encouraged to live in light of that privilege. This requires us to live a selfless life, surrendering ourselves entirely to the Lord and seeking to live in unity with other believers. In this way we will exemplify the distinctive unity of the […]
It is God’s intention to abundantly bless his people so that they become the envy of the world. Unfortunately, we can only think of blessing in health and wealth terms. The problem with such thinking is that it misses out on the universal scope of God’s intentions to bless his people and leaves us more […]
Jesus taught his disciples about the new community that they would become after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Jesus has high hopes for this new community, so now he prays for this church. He prays for the church because it is there that God’s glory will be seen and God himself will be […]
The church is like a vineyard to which God tends and from which he expects fruit that glorifies him and that is noticed by the world. This vineyard will prosper because of God’s diligent care, and because of the life-giving vine that never fails to supply the nutrients needed for a bountiful harvest.
From the beginning of human history, humans have needed community. While Jesus was on earth, he used the picture of human family relationships to describe what life should be like among God’s people. The New Testament writers continued to use this analogy for church community life. What is similar between biological families and God’s spiritual family, and […]
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