The Apostle John gives us many evidences of Christ in us. In this passage Pastor Steve brings out some more evidences of who lives within. When we live within we cannot bring out the evidences of God. But when God, in his Holy Spirit, lives within, there are definite changes that take place from the inside out of our lives.
In this passage, John makes it very clear that people who are loving are of God and people who are not loving are of Satan. He uses Cain as an example of someone filled with hatred that led to murder and then states that no murderer has eternal life. In this message, Pastor Steve looks carefully at the two sides of this passage and reminds us that the Lord Jesus delights in saving murderous people who will be saved. But, those who reject God’s grace and live in hatred are not nor can they be children of God.
In this passage John makes some very strong statements about who is and who is not following Jesus Christ. The basis of John’s qualifying statements lies in someone’s heart attitude toward their own sin. In this message, Pastor Steve takes a look at John’s instructions regarding those who practice or continue in sin while claiming to be a Christian.
The Apostle John calls all children of God to live pure lives. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at this passage as a call to purity to all who have received eternal life by grace. John says that Jesus is coming back and that we will be like Him when we see Him. He then calls us to live in purity as we await the Savior’s return. In a time when churches are drifting away from greater purity of life, this passage calls us to an increase in pure living each day until we meet Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. In this passage the Apostle John emphasizes the truth of Christ and God over the lies of the antichrists of this world. The truth of Jesus Christ and the anointing of the Word and the Spirit lead to God’s promise of eternal life.
On Mother’s Day, Pastor Steve brought this message to encourage women to be the women that God, in His image, created them to be. The woman in Proverbs 31 is far from under-rated, under-paid, and under-respected. She is well spoken, well gifted, and well compensated. Furthermore, she is well known for the exercise of all of her gifts both in the home and in the market. She loves her family well and is held in high esteem by all. In the face of hyped up feminism, a woman who fulfills her God-given purposes stands in stark contrast and is greatly fulfilled and respected by all.
Still in the Book of Ruth, Pastor Steve builds on the message of God’s hesed toward us showing that God established our salvation long before time began. God, in hesed toward us, defined two offices of the go’el, the kinsmen redeemer in the Law of Moses. In office, the go’el was to redeem his brother’s property; in another office, the go’el was to redeem his brother’s life. This study shows the complexity of our salvation and the wisdom of God who designed it so that our enemy, Satan, would be defeated while our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, becomes King and restores both land and life to His eternal children.