Twice in the book of John we have recorded Christ talking about being lifted up on a cross. Both references come from the event in Numbers 21 when the people lost confidence in God, complained and complained some more griping against Moses and against God. In judgment, God sent deadly serpents through the camp and many were bitten and died. The people repented of their sin and God told Moses to have a brass serpent made and lifted up on a pole; whoever would look at this brass serpent would live.
In this sermon, Pastor Steve ties these events together as Nicodemus would have understood them and then points us all to the Cross of Christ as the place to look in faith. (This would be a good message to have a friend listen to.)
What does it really mean to have “the mind of Christ?” Paul has called us to “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.” The mind of Christ was the mind of humility, the mind of a slave. Jesus Christ was humble throughout eternity and took on human flesh to show us just what true humility is. “Let this mind be in you” is the call of this message to the church of Jesus Christ.
The unity of Christ in the church of Christ should be a given, but alas, the enemy has infiltrated the ranks. In Philippians 2:1-4 Paul calls the Philippian church to a oneness of heart and mind that is unique to the church of Jesus Christ. In the face of trials we need this call to unity even greater. Listen as Pastor Steve opens the Scriptures to call the church of Christ to greater unity in Him.
Christians struggle with assurance of their salvation but the Apostle John wants their hearts filled with assurance from God. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at this passage and seeks to clarify just how we can know that we have the assurance of eternal life from God.