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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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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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Need More Faith?

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Do you?  Would you make that statement your own: “I need more faith.”  What if we changed it a bit?  “I need something I can believe in.” “I need something that won’t disappoint me.” “I need something in which I can place my trust, my confidence, and my faith.” Do the statements resonate more then?

Those things can be hard to find.  How many of us are rapidly losing faith in our elected officials as the government has come to a screeching halt? How many have lost faith in our judicial system over the years?  Have you ever lost faith in a business partner, colleague, or even a member of your own family? Faith can certainly be hard to come by, and we haven’t even talked about that idea of faith in religion, in church, or faith in Jesus.

So what about that kind of faith?  Even the Bible’s description of faith is a little hard to swallow: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) I’m supposed to be sure about a hope?  I’m supposed to be certain about something I can’t see?  That sounds like a daunting task, but this faith is built on a solid foundation.  Just about every time the Beautiful Savior family gathers for worship, we join together to state our faith.  We usually use Creeds – “I believe…” statements. The key truths of the Christian faith are very briefly and yet adequately summarized in those statements. The foundation of this faith is Jesus and what he has done for us. That’s the important aspect about faith: knowing the truth about the true God and the Savior he has given us. Here is part of one of those statements:

I believe in Jesus Christ, [God’s] only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Yes, it’s a lot to believe, but there is a huge comfort about this faith.  You don’t have to come up with it all on your own.  It’s a gift from God: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Sometimes you might have a problem with the strength of your faith.  Sometimes you might struggle.  We’ve lost faith in so many things, how can we keep faith in Jesus? Then, it’s important to make the request that a greatly distressed father made to Jesus with regard to his son’s great need and his own weakness of faith: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 – Read the whole story.)

The most important thing to remember about faith is that it derives all of its strength from that rock-solid foundation.  A famous preacher once said, “It is not your hold on Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not even your faith in Christ that saves you, though that be the instrument. It is Christ’s blood and merit.”

Are you looking for something you can really have faith in?  Have faith in Jesus, who loves you, who has saved you, who will never let you go.


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Friendship Effect

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Download the lesson guides from our Friendship Effect Bible Study here.

1 Concern4 Strength
2 Criticism5 Communication
3 Trust6 Character

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