In Matthew, we see Jesus presented as the fulfillment of God's covenant promises. The book of Matthew starts by tracing Jesus' royal heritage back to king David and then Abraham. Jesus is the long awaited descendant and blessed King that God had promised to both David and Abraham.
Christianity is not a faith that is to be lived privately or individually, rather Christians are called to live in community with each other. In this sermon we examine what the scripture teaches about biblical community and then discuss how we seek to pursue biblical community at Journey Church.
Last week we learned why we should pursue wisdom and how to get it. This week we continue in Proverbs and examine the precious fruit wisdom produces in our lives. Our understanding is limited and fallible. God's wisdom is infinite and perfect, making straight our path.
With all the difficult and unforeseen storms of this life, we all desperately need wisdom to navigate this life. Proverbs is a book written to teach the simple and youthful to be wise. Today we examine Proverbs chapter two and learn why we should pursue wisdom and how to get it.
Paul experienced joy in suffering, contentment in every situation, and peace that surpasses understanding. He rejoiced in difficult circumstances, encouraged others from a prison cell and remained humble despite being used by God in prolific ways. How was he able to do all this? We learn his secret through the book of Philippians.
Paul concludes his letter to the Philippians in the same way he started it, by thanking the Philippian Church for their partnership in the gospel. Paul commends their generosity and assures them of their sanctification and spiritual blessings. Christian generosity is a barometer of our spiritual health.
Contrary to what the world might say, joy and contentment are not necessarily determined by our circumstances. We can learn to have joy and contentment regardless of whether we live in abundance or lack. Indeed, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
It is a glorious and peaceful thing to be able to have the mind of Christ. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul teaches us how to live such that God's presence is near and brings peace to our hearts. Proper thinking leads to godly living. If we can transform our minds by the Spirit, we will live renewed in the Spirit.
Paul teaches us that it is possible to have joy even in the midst of earthly trials and suffering. But this just isn't any joy, it is joy in the Lord. This morning we explore what it means to have peace and joy in the Lord.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'home'? The apostle Paul taught that our primary citizenship was not to any country on this earth but rather was to a place altogether different. In this passage we learn how to live with our hearts set on our true home where we have our ultimate citizenship.