'Christ Jesus' Tagged Posts

'Christ Jesus' Tagged Posts

“PREACH THE GOSPEL!”

Over the chancel of our seminary chapel the words were inscribed in the Greek language of the New Testament – “Preach The Gospel”  (κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον).  These words from the 16th chapter of St. Mark were a reminder in every daily chapel service of what we were training to do. It is all too easy for those called to the work of preaching and teaching God’s Word to take an airborne flight into the everlasting “busyness” of “running” the church…

VICTORY!

On this final Sunday of the liturgical Church Year, our thoughts turn to Christ’s final appearing, to the arrival of the King of Kings, to the sweet comfort of which Paul wrote in Romans 8:  “So then, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”    What will happen to us in that moment when He returns?  Here is how St. Paul so elegantly puts it in 1 Corinthians 15: 51 Look, I tell you a mystery. We…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

This particular Sunday has come to be called “Saints Triumphant.”   That word “saints” is a rich Bible word which deserves a look-see. The word “saint” is sometimes wrongly used to refer to a person of the past who was so holy and perfect that he or she earned their way to heaven and then had left-over “points” or merits to share with someone else.  This false teaching is compounded when people offer up prayers to such “saints.”   There are…

“PRESS ON!”

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul soars to the very heart of God. He says:  “Whatever things were a profit for me, these things I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.  But even more than that, I consider everything to be a loss because of what is worth far more: knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have lost all things and consider them rubbish, so that I may gain Christ  and be found in him,…

DEATH & RESURRECTION IN BAPTISM

On this second Sunday of Easter (for every Sunday is a celebration of Easter), our epistle lesson from Romans 6 talks about death and resurrection in the gospel waters of Baptism.  This is what Paul says: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?  Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus…

BURIED AND RAISED WITH CHRIST

No matter how you cut it, the passages in the Bible which talk about Baptism always speak of Baptism not as something we do for God, not as some commitment or decision on our part, not as some ordinance or 11th commandment tacked on to the gospel of God’s grace, but rather as something which God does for us – washing us, clothing us, giving birth to us, adopting us, saving us.  Baptism is a means of grace, a visible…

SPIRITUAL TUCK-POINTING

A fair number of years ago we tuck-pointed our church building.  Expansion and contraction over the years amid the changing seasons had taken their toll, weakening the mortar between the bricks.  Without a total restoration of the mortar, things would have crumbled.  Bricks would have fallen out.  The building would have fallen apart. The same sort of thing can happen spiritually.  Long years of careless neglect in hearing God’s word, and sad attempts to weather the storms of life without…

THE PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING

Amid the final lines of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a beautiful promise which we hear at the close of every sermon in our circles: “The peace of God, which transcends [passes, surpasses] all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What is this “peace of God?”  To the Roman Christians Paul once wrote:  “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”   For those who trust…

“AND NIGHTLY PITCH MY MOVING TENT”

In 2 Corinthians 5:1, Paul takes the eternal view of things.  He says:  “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” The old Englishman, Isaac Watts, captured Paul’s comparison of our earthly tent and our eternal house in heaven in one of his hymns: “While time on earth is spent, absent from Him I roam, yet nightly pitch my…

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

Sometimes humor conveys heavy truths in a gentle way.  Consider this tongue-in-cheek example of a letter from a modern mission board to St. Paul: Dear Sir: We recently considered a recommendation that you serve under our mission board.  We have completed an extensive background check on your ministry.  You will find it enclosed in the spiral binding. To be frank, we wonder how you were able to pass as a bona-fide missionary.  We require 20-20 vision. We note also that…

VICTORY!

On this final Sunday of the liturgical Church Year, our thoughts turn to Christ’s final appearing, to the Day of His just judgment, to the sweet comfort of which Paul wrote in Romans 8:  “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” What will happen to us in that moment when He returns?  Here how St. Paul so elegantly puts it in 1 Corinthians 15 (KJV): 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all…

NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS!

Never Talk To Strangers!   By the 1980’s it increasingly became a refrain chanted into the ears of children.  Parents and teachers often read a book by that title to the younger kids. Nobody wants kids to grow up afraid of everyone around them, but they need to know that it’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.  Even a bad guy can smile, speak kindly, offer them candy, or ask them to help him find…
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