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.
In this message from Ruth Pastor Steve explains why the Hebrew word hesed does not have a good English equivalent and then uses the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz to show us what God has done in His hesed toward us. As Christians, we need to have greater understanding of what God did for us and continues to do for us all stemming from His heart of love, compassion, commitment, and mercy.
“Love not the world nor the things that are in the world,” has been the text of many sermons urging Christians not to follow after whatever thing of the world that the preacher wanted to preach against. That type of emphasis from this passage has created a negative attitude of “not loving the world.” While the commandment here is clear, Pastor Steve brings out that the key point of the passage is that we don’t love the world because we have enjoyed the love of the Father.
“The love of the Father” is the fulness of God in our lives loving us in spite of our sin and caring for us now and forever with His eternal love for us. When we enjoy the love of the Father we will love Him more than we love this world. This is the positive side to loving not the world; enjoy the Father
In this message from 1 John 2 Pastor Steve looks at John’s teachings to Christian “children, young men, and fathers.” As Christians, we find the security of children from our heavenly Father, we find the young men and women of the faith finding strength from their heavenly Father and from the Word of God which abides in their hearts. With that strength these young people Christians will overcome the attacks of the enemy. Fathers and mothers, those mature in their faith, show the strength of their maturity with their stable strength in their faith in God, their eternal Father.
God wants us to mature in our faith. When we do not mature there should be concern. The church body should work for the maturing of all brothers and sisters in the faith.
From 1 John 2:3-11, Pastor Steve presents the claims of God upon those who know Him. John makes it very clear who is and who isn’t in Christ. Many people, from the Gnostics of the first century to people today claim to know God but are not living the commandments of love given clearly by God and lived by those who have Christ within. In this message, you will come away with a clarity about who is and who isn’t in Christ. This is not a message of judgment but one that seeks to understand the teaching of the Apostle John.
The aged Apostle, John, calls us away from sin to our Advocate who is our propitiation. (There’s a word you don’t use much.) In this message, Pastor Steve looks at John’s admonition, our Advocate, and our atonement. We cannot not sin but we can determine to live against it. But when we sin, Jesus is our advocate before the judgement bar of the Holy God. How thankful we are that Jesus advocates for us and by His sacrifice removed the offense between us and God. Then God, in His mercy, accepts the work of Christ on our behalf.
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In this message, Pastor Steve takes us through 1 John 1 establishing our salvation in the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit. When we understand that our salvation is complete in God we also understand that we are forgiven in this life and the next. The result our being forgiven then is our ability and necessity to forgive others.