160124 1 Corinthians 12:12-21; 26-27

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-21; 26-27
Theme: ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE A MEMBER OF CHRIST'S TEAM?

I want you to think of your favorite athlete. How successful do you think that athlete would be, if they didn't have any teammates? If your favorite athlete plays golf or is a boxer, maybe then they don't rely on teammates to win. But, how many games would Lebron James win if it was just him playing against the 5 players from the other team night after night? How successful would Aaron Rogers be if he didn't have someone to throw to or teammates that play defense to stop the other team from scoring? Could Ryan Bruan play every position, each inning, by himself and still hope to win? Of course, the answer to all these questions is that having teammates is important to have success. This is true in the Ministry of the Lord's Church as well. So my question for you today is this: "Are you excited to be a member of Christ's team?" God's Word before us from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 answers this question in two ways. First, we will see that it is the Holy Spirit who makes you part of Christ's team; and, as part of Christ's team, you have an important position on this team.

Read more: 160124 1 Corinthians 12:12-21; 26-27

160117 John 2:1-11

Text: John 2:1-11
Theme: No Matter What You Do, Make Sure To Invite Jesus

More than a few years ago when Johnny Carson (and not Jimmy Fallon) was the host of The Tonight Show, he interviewed an eight year old boy. The young man was invited to appear on the show because he had rescued two friends in a coal mine outside of his hometown in West Virginia.

After Johnny asked the boy a few questions, it became apparent to him and to the audience that the young man was a Christian. So Johnny asked him if he attended Sunday School. When the boy said that he did Johnny inquired, "So what are you learning about in Sunday School?" "Last week," the boy replied, "our lesson was about when Jesus went to a wedding and turned water into wine."

The audience roared, but Johnny tried to keep a straight face. And then the host asked, "And what was the point of that story?" The boy shifted around in his chair uneasily as he struggled to come up with an answer. But then in a moment of discovery his face relaxed and he replied with confidence, "If you are going to have a wedding, make sure you invite Jesus!"

I didn't see that particular episode of The Tonight Show. I actually found the story on the internet, so I can't verify if it is true. But there is a great deal of truth in the words of that young boy. And what he said isn't limited to weddings either. If you are about to take a test, if you are about to take a new job, if you are planning to move across the country or meet your future in-laws, if you are confronted by a great challenge or presented with a great opportunity, it remains good advice for Christians in any and every situation...

NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, MAKE SURE TO INVITE JESUS

I. He has compassion on people in need
II. He has the power to meet every need

Read more: 160117 John 2:1-11

160110 Psalm 2:1-6

Text: Psalm 2:1 – 6

Theme: What Does the Baptism of Jesus Mean for Me?

"Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. 'Let us break their chains,' they say, 'and throw off their fetters.' The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 'I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.'"

I once had a conversation with someone about why they stopped coming to worship. This person's first answer was, "When I went to Church, I didn't hear things that applied to me and my life. All the preachers did was talk about Jesus, and what he has done for us. I want to hear more of what I can do, how I can live my life for Jesus." In a way, this individual does have a point. Preachers and teachers of God's Word do need to use the time and the energy it takes to apply God's Word to the day-to-day lives of people. But, there are far too many Churches today that are ignoring what the Bible tells us about Jesus and focusing only on what we should be doing for Jesus. We have to be careful that we don't fall into the trap of "putting the cart before the horse." Before we are able to talk about living our lives for our Savior, we need to read and study what Jesus our Savior has done for us.

Read more: 160110 Psalm 2:1-6

160103 Ephesians 3:2-12

Text: Ephesians 3:2–12

Theme: Rejoice That The Christ-Child Brings You Together!

If you have spent any time on social media during the past week, you most likely saw picture after picture of folks getting together with family and friends. That certainly is one of the blessings of this time of year. But you and I know that it is not the greatest blessing. Today, as we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord, we are reminded from God's Word that the greatest blessing we enjoy is the gift of the Christ-Child. It is our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, who came as the Savior of ALL mankind. It is Jesus who came as your Savior and mine. With our celebration of our Savior's birth still fresh in our memories, REJOICE THAT THE CHRIST-CHILD BRINGS YOU TOGETHER! From our Second Lesson for today, we are reminded that, by the power of the Gospel, you and I are brought together in close relationship with Christ and that through Jesus you and I and all believers are brought together in a close relationship with one another as members of God's family. Listen again as I read one verse taken from Ephesians chapter 3 that we heard read earlier. It is in verse 6 that we read this:

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Read more: 160103 Ephesians 3:2-12

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