God’s purpose of creating man was to have communion with his people. Satan came along and through sin separated mankind from God and communion with God ceased. But God still had his intended purpose and sent Christ to pay for our sin so that we could again commune with him. In this message, Pastor Steve brings our minds and hearts back to God’s intended design and invites us to daily communion with God. (The message is only 35 minutes long, the recording wasn’t stopped until much later.)
Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment of the law was. The lawyer of the Pharisees who asked it knew that there were over 600 commands either to keep or to avoid and he wanted to trip up the Lord Jesus by this tricky question. The Lord pushed through any fog of confusion telling the lawyer that the greatest command was to love the Lord with all of his heart and to love neighbors as self.
In this message, Pastor Steve addresses Christians in general and Grace for Life specifically. He looks at God’s nature as a nature of love, God’s actions of love, and how we are to show love through our actions of giving to one another.
We are called to identify with Christ in our actions. We are called to partake of the Lord’s Table when we are identified with Christ. In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul addresses the issue of those who would partake of the demons table and then come to the Lord’s Table. The absurdity of this is obvious. Yet in this world people do try to sit at both tables. In this message, Pastor Steve opens up 1 Corinthians 10 to seek clarity from the Scriptures.
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.