Dear Beloved of God,
Eager to see and trust God’s hand in all things with you,
Advent: “When the Fullness of Time Had Come”
As evangelical Christians we believe the Bible is the very word of God. And yet many Christians today – evangelical and otherwise – fail to appreciate this life-transforming gift given to us by our gracious God, to appreciate that we live “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus prayed that the Father would “sanctify us in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17.17). Jesus also taught his followers that all the Scriptures ultimately point to him (Luke 24.27, 44).
My aim, then, for this summer series – Your Word is Truth: Reflections on Psalm 119 – is to display the glorious privilege and necessity of loving and cherishing this Spirit-inspired treasure entrusted to us (2 Peter 1.21), that we may be “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3.16) and that God would revive us by his word (Psalm 119.107).
Dear Saints in Christ Jesus, Have you ever heard of anyone who was encouraged too much? Probably not. My desire in this new year sermon series – Rejoice in the Lord Always – is to explore the depths of the gospel together, such that God is glorified and you are freshly encouraged! In this encouraging letter to his friends, the imprisoned apostle Paul writes with overflowing joy. How can this be? His (and our) circumstances seem to give him (and us) more reason to grumble than to rejoice. What was Paul’s (and is our) secret to rejoicing in the Lord always? One commentator summarizes it this way for us:
Devotional Readings for Holy Week
Love to the Uttermost by John Piper
“This Holy Week fix your gaze steadily on Christ as he loves you to the uttermost” (p. i).
Believe it or not the Advent season is upon us. And though this time of year can be filled with stress, it is good that we slow down together and fix our thoughts on Jesus. I am excited and look forward to our new teaching series, entitled “Far as the Curse is Found”. This title is taken from the great Christmas hymn, “Joy to the World,” a hymn that reflects on the far-reaching implications of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
As we enter this holy season together, let us pray that “every heart will prepare Him room” as we delight in God’s good news of great joy in Jesus Christ!
Eager to welcome Jesus with you,
As a supplement to our Advent sermon series – “Far As the Curse Is Found” – and in order to help you grow in Christ this holy season we are again making available to you a resource of Advent devotional readings – The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper.