We see characteristics of Christian faith as we look at the account of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. Faith, revelation go hand in hand with obedience which leads to far-reaching blessing.
We see that Paul tells his story to the Galatian Christians. We pull out some key ingredients of a good story and how it makes us free and impacts other people.
As Paul is starting to try and correct the Galatian Christians from accepting a Gospel which has Jesus and a load of rules and regulations, Paul appeals to the authority he has because God has called him, he knows the grace and peace of Jesus and he is clear that the simple Gospel is God’s…
Using Genesis 1, Psalm 139 and Ephesians 1 we see that people in general are valuable, that as individuals are valuable and that God decided He wanted to forgive us and adopt us into a new family. I AM WONDERFUL!!
We see that Jesus deals with every repentant person in a gentle way. We see from Hebrews 4 that He is able to understand and empathise with our temptations and our struggles to obey God, because He has walked along that path and succeeded.
In order to bear much fruit we must abide in Jesus. Part of this is letting His words richly be part of our lives. If we let this happen, we will see our prayers being increasingly effective.
The final key to ‘abiding in Jesus’ is remaining in His love. By doing this we will bear much fruit. We focus on 1 John chapters 3 and 4 and review the nature of real love and how to live it out.
The key to bearing much fruit is abiding in Jesus. One of the keys to this is learning to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. What a way to live!!
We see that Christians can bear no fruit, fruit, more fruit and much fruit. We start to see the work of God as the vine dresser. This sermon looks at the areas of discipline and pruning.
Jesus tells His disciples that they can have peace because their eternal destiny is being prepared and that they can have life now by knowing God. That’s also for you and me!