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Jesus is…Our Righteousness

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JesusHave you been doing any biking, hiking, or running this summer? What happens when you do? You sweat, right? You feel dirty. You feel gross. Even to simply step outside with the humidity lately will get you to that point: sweaty, dirty, gross. The shower brings relief and coolness. Then you can put on a dry and clean shirt and you feel refreshed. At that moment it is as if there is nothing that feels better than a crisp, clean set of clothes.

Do you ever consider the spiritual clothes you wear? We have all made our spiritual clothes sweaty, dirty and gross. Our unkind words and self-centered thoughts are like mud caked on our spiritual shirts. Then, just like your mom used to say to you as a child, God would have to say to you, “You cannot step foot in this house with those clothes on! You are filthy!”

We need a crips, clean set of clothes. Jesus lived a completely righteous life. His spiritual clothes were never stained with a single sin. Jesus says to you, “Change shirts with me.” He put on your shirt stained with sin, and in exchange he gave you his crisp, clean shirt. That’s what the Bible means when it says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It was because Jesus wore our sinful clothes that he suffered and died on the cross. In exchange, he gave us his sinless clothes. Now, when God looks at us, he does not see dirty, sinful clothes. Instead, he sees the crisp, clean clothes of Jesus. The Bible puts it this way: “He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

We haven’t lived a perfect life, but Jesus has. He lets that perfect life count for us. That is what makes Jesus “The LORD Our Righteousness,” (Jeremiah 23:6). Righteousness is a clean set of spiritual clothes. Jesus is your righteousness.

The next time you finish a strenuous activity, remember with joy that Jesus put on your grimy, sinful clothes. When you open your dresser and find a neatly folded shirt, remember that Jesus put a fresh, clean shirt on you. You are clothed in his perfect righteousness, and there is nothing that feels better than a crisp, clean set of clothes!

In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.

– Jeremiah


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Jesus Is….Son of God; Son of Man

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JesusWhat titles do you have? What titles would you like to have? Doctor? Professor? Governor? Mr. President? Princess? (Seriously!) The appeal is understandable. Those titles carry honor. They carry prestige. Some we can earn. Masters, doctorates and other post-graduate programs are in high demand. Some are simply given. All provide opportunities to have a great or better life.

What about these titles: “Holy One”? “Son of God”? Jesus had the highest of all titles already at his birth. The Bible shares how an angel named Gabriel spoke to a woman named Mary: “The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Jesus is holy. He is the true Son of God. The titles “Holy One” and “Son of God” indicate that all power, wisdom and authority belonged to Jesus even at birth because as true God he possessed them from eternity. His name is above every name and over every title and authority that can be given.

Maybe you struggle with the concept of a God who is over ou universe and a man named Jesus who lived 2000 years ago supposedly has an impact on your life right now. Maybe that’s too much for you to put any stock in, but consider what it means for you if the Bible is true. Jesus, the Holy One, the Son of God, di not keep himself from seeking another title, decidedly a step down. It did not require a four-year graduate program or many evening classes, but it did require humble service, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Jesus also took the title Son of Man. He came down from heaven to earth to take up our cause and to die a humble death on the cross—a death that should have been ours, because we were born and created to be God’s own, but have instead pursued this title: sinner.

Jesus became our Savior. Even with the title Son of God he willingly took the title Son of Man, in order to die for us on the cross. Jesus loved us enough to do that for us, and now he gives you a new, prestigious title: Child of God!

“The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” – Gabriel

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Jesus


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Jesus Is…The Good Shepherd

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JesusMan Dies to Save Trapped Bunny pops up as you scroll through your news app. You tap on the video. You see what reminds you of the furry little Cadbury Crème Egg mascot trapped in a precarious position. A heroic rescue follows, but the rescuer dies.

You’re baffled, and…you’re impressed! You think, “What inspired that guy to give his own life for a bunny? Sometimes, I forget even to feed my own pet!”

Another headline: Man Dies to Save World.

That headline doespop up when you read the Bible. It may sound like it’s from a too-predictable superhero movie. It may seem too good to be true, but it is true! Jesus is that man. His agonizing, humiliating death on a Roman torture-pole was the heroic rescue of the world. He didn’t rescue it from global warming or hunger or war, but from the single problem at the root of each of those – our sins and the damnation they bring.  Despite what some speculate, Jesus didn’t come to post the 10 commandments at every town hall and enforce them. The world already stood condemned by the law because of its sin. Jesus came to rescue the world, and by the way, “world” means everyone in it, including you.

Look at the extraordinary heroism in Jesus, this world’s rescuer! It was more than heroism. Even though he is true God, Jesus displayed God’s love and God’s plan to give forgiveness and eternal life to all as he lost his own life! Jesus’ life, death, and bodily resurrection show you the very heart of God. This is a headline worth your time. It is worth reading more about. Scroll on.

Here’s a way to picture Jesus your God and Savior: Jesus is The Good Shepherd. He tells you why: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).We are the sheep. We have strayed and wandered into a precarious and deadly situation because we are sinful.  At some point our “bleating” hearts will cry out in fear, in anxiety, and in distress. We are lost sheep who need a rescue – not just by a hired hand, not just by any shepherd, but by The Good Shepherd. He is not a no-name hero who will be forgotten tomorrow. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who, being both God and man, laid down his life for you.

Your life’s headline reads: Good Shepherd Dies to Save THIS Sheep.


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Come Follow Me

Come Follow Me Study

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Come Follow MeCome Follow Me is a movie that depicts what it means to follow Jesus.  This movie is based on the Bible and recounts the experiences of one of Jesus’ most prominent followers, Peter.

Peter had doubts and fears, shame and burdens, but Jesus assured Peter of his loving forgiveness. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus through Jesus’ own power and promise – the same promise Jesus has for you.

Please join us as we examine the themes you will discover in Come Follow Me.

Details:

  • Discussion-based studies of Come Follow Me
  • Sundays, May 4th – 25th 2014, at 10:45am
  • DVD’s available as our gift to you.

These studies will focus on the following segments of the film:

May 4th – In the Upper Room (Download Study Guide)
May 11th – The Denial (Download Study Guide)
May 18th – At the Sea of Galilee (Download Study Guide)
May 25th – A New Future (Dowload Study Guide)

We hope that you will be able to join us!

Your children would be invited to join our Sunday school classrooms during this time. We also invite you to join us in worship at 9:30am on those Sundays.

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Jesus is…The Lamb of God

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JesusHave you spent much time with animals? If people were going to compare you to a type of animal what would you like them to choose? A lion…because you are brave? A bear…because you are strong? A fox…because you are quick and clever? An owl…because you are wise?

What about a lamb?

Maybe you haven’t spent much time around animals, but with what you know about sheep, would you want to be one of them? They seem so helpless, defenseless, and maybe even dumb. Yet, a lamb is exactly what someone compared Jesus to. His name was John and he was a prominent and popular figure. He saw Jesus walking toward him and he said, “Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

He wasn’t saying Jesus was helpless or defenseless, and certainly not dumb. This had a much deeper meaning. This would have immediately grabbed the attention of the Jewish people who heard it first. Every day they sacrificed lambs as part of their worship life. They knew their lives didn’t always follow God’s plan. They knew it was true: “We all like sheep have gone astray.” (Isaiah 53:6) They knew they failed to live up to God’s expectations. They knew they needed the blood of a substitute to pay for their sins.

You know those failures too. Whether we would like to admit it or not, we also are like sheep who have gone astray. Sometimes we don’t recognize the full magnitude of those failures – those sins, but sin isn’t just what we read about in the newspapers. It has weaseled its way into our own lives. Sin is when parents want the best for their children, but forget that what’s best isn’t having everything you want. Sin is when spouses want to be loving, but instead put their own needs and desires first. Sin is when teenagers struggle for independence, but go too far and become disrespectful to parents and other authority figures. Sin is nothing more and nothing less than failing to be the perfect people our perfect God expects us to be.

So Jesus became the Lamb of God. He became the perfect substitute whose blood takes away our sins. He is the perfect Lamb who never fell short of God’s expectations. He was our substitute offered on the altar of the cross. His blood fully pays for the sin of the world. And he paid for your sin too! He is the sacrifice that enables you to live life without fear of God’s punishment. Jesus is the Lamb who gave you what you could never earn—eternal life and a home with him in heaven.

This month our church enters a season known as Lent. In Lent our focus is on everything the Lamb has done for us. Come, gather with us and thank him who died for you. Join us as we say, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise” (Revelation 5:12).


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From Garden to Glory

From Garden to Glory

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From Garden to Glory

Midweek Interactive Worship

Wednesdays, March 12th- April 9th, 2014

These services will blend meditation, worship, and study as we walk with Jesus “From Garden to Glory.”

Soup and salad suppers will be served at 5:30. The services will begin at 6:15 following the supper.

 


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Battlefields

Battlefields Series

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 Battlefields

Ever since the fall into sin, a battle has been fought between the forces of good and the forces of evil.  During the season of Lent, we follow Christ as he willingly takes up that battle as our substitute.  We will visit the various battlefields where this war has been fought – from the desert, to a watering well, to our own graves.  In each field of  battle Jesus conquers for us.

Sunday Mornings at 9:30am

March 9th – April 6th 2014


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Jesus Is…Christ

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you have a “special someone” in your life – whether it is your wife or husband, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your children – you probably want to start to think about Valentine’s Day and how you can express your love and affection. From chocolates to red paper hearts, there will be many expressions of love and affection exchanged once again this Valentine’s Day.

God has also expressed his love to you. In fact, there is no greater act of love than the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus for our salvation. All of the Bible, God’s massive greeting card to all human beings, revolves around this one supreme act of unconditional love!

That tremendous expression of love can be highlighted in a simple little word and title. Unfortunately, we often use this word in vain as we cry out in surprise or curse our bad luck, but Christ is a title of Jesus that truly expresses God’s love for us.

What does the word Christ mean?

Matthew begins his book of the Bible by recording the genealogy of Jesus: “…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:16). As Matthew sets the tone for his Gospel, he is careful to note that Jesus was revered as Christ. This title is a form of the Greek word chrio meaning “to pour or anoint.” To anoint was to pour sacred oil over someone’s head as a visible sign that God had set him aside for a special task. Jesus bore the title Christ because he was the one God anointed – set aside – to be the world’s Savior.

Another biblical writer, John, reveals Jesus as the Word made flesh and then describes Andrew’s excitement when he met Jesus: “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ)” (John 1:41). Andrew bursts forth in joyful acclamation. He used the title Messiah, which is the Hebrew equivalent of Christ, “the Anointed One.”

The Gospel writer John is keen to point out that from the time Jesus presented himself publicly the hope of the ages was intimately associated with salvation in Jesus. Yes, at the time of his baptism Jesus’ anointing as the Christ took place in an eye-opening way: “heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). Jesus was anointed by the Spirit of God and received the clear approval of his heavenly Father; a divine endorsement!

Because Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, he is the one God chose, even from ancient times, to bring salvation; redeeming us from the curse of sin!

There is no greater act of love! Jesus, the Christ, is God’s magnificent valentine to you!

 


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Jesus Is…Savior

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“Help!”

It’s a simple word, but it’s not so simple to say, is it? It’s an admission of vulnerability. And nobody wants to be considered vulnerable. To cry out “Help!” is to admit that you can’t get yourself out of whatever predicament you are in. You need someone to come and save you. You have to swallow your pride, display some humility and admit that you can’t do it. You need help.

There was a writer who lived nearly 3000 years ago. His name was Asaph. Asaph needed help. So did everyone around him. Foreign nations had invaded his homeland. They trashed the reputation of Asaph’s God and threatened Asaph’s life, and the lives of his countrymen. So Asaph and his fellow countrymen went to their God – the only God.

They knew they hadn’t done anything to earn God’s help. In fact, part of the reason they needed help was because of their disobedience against God and his will. But they still turned to God because of his reputation: he is the God of salvation. They knew God is in the business of helping. In fact, not only does he give help freely but he specializes in it. Only God could help them out of their difficulties in life. Only God could save them from their greatest difficulty—their sin. They were not disappointed. God did save them from their enemies, but more importantly, he forgave their sin. That’s his reputation. He is the Savior.

God has the same reputation today. He is your Savior. Not too long ago we celebrated Christmas, the day when God sent us his Son, Jesus. We needed God’s help desperately. We were separated from God. We had sinned. We couldn’t help ourselves to get rid of our guilt. God helped us. God sent us a Savior. He forgives all our sin. God is in the business of helping. That’s his reputation.

God is your Savior. You can call on him for help and deliverance. He promises his forgiveness and love. He will help you out of trouble. Call on your Savior for strength to carry your burdens. Look to your Lord Jesus for help. He – and only he – can help you. He – and only he – is your Savior.

 


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