Sorry about the technical issues and not being able to live-stream the service this morning.
Here is a link to the sermon from this morning.
While the video is better quality to start with, the quality deteriorates later on. The reason is that the sun comes up over the tent and shines directly on the webcam that is recording. In the future, we will take steps to avoid this happening again.
Blessings to you this week…
In the course of every-day life, we sometimes lose sight of the incredible blessings God has in store for His faithful disciples. These blessings apply to all believers in all cultures around the world at all times. That includes us here and now!
These thirty blessings from the last thirty days are simply a start. There are many more as we open our eyes to the blessings God is sharing with us as we live our Christian lives. Be blessed!
- Jesus’ Disciples are Born Again
- Jesus’ Disciples are Forgiven
- Followers of Jesus are Sealed with the Holy Spirit
- Disciples of Jesus have Access to God’s Abundant Grace
- Ambassadors for Christ
- Victory over Sin
- God’s Workmanship
- Fellowship with the Trinity
- Co-laborers with God
- Jesus’ Disciples are Redeemed
- Showered with Spiritual Blessings
- The Holy Spirit resides in Jesus’ disciples
- Names written in the Book of Life
- No need to fear
- Blessing of being reconciled with God
- Jesus’ disciples are the temple of God
- We are fruit-bearing branches
- Disciples of Jesus are His saints
- Christ followers will have their needs supplied
- We are servants of God
- Jesus’ disciples are adopted by God
- Anointed by God
- Followers of Christ build up others
- Empowered to witness
- We are justified and sanctified
- A chosen generation and royalty
- A new creation
- Disciples of Jesus are heirs with Him
- Followers of Jesus anticipate eternal life
- Disciples of Jesus are complete in Christ
When something is complete, it lacks nothing. Nothing more can be added to make it more complete.
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
James 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, we ARE complete in Jesus Christ. We have been fully redeemed. We lack nothing. There is nothing more we can do to make us more redeemed. There is also an aspect of ongoing completion in our Christian lives. Jesus Christ has provided complete redemption and He is also in the process of completing our salvation over the course of our lives. Today let’s rest in and be blessed by the reality that we are complete in Jesus Christ!
Few things are certain in life. Death is one of those certainties. Every single human being conceived – no matter how rich or powerful – throughout all of world history has died or will die (until Jesus returns to earth).
John 10:27–28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Life, as we know it, is confined by time. Jesus’s disciples are promised eternal life. This means that death – although certain – is simply a transition into the timeless hereafter. For believers, we can be assured of eternal life with our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, in the new heavens and the new earth. For those who rejected the gift of salvation, there will perpetual suffering in a lake of fire. While we deserve the lake of fire, Jesus has generously invited us to share eternal life with Him in the glories of heaven.
When we are adopted into God’s family, we are not only brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, God makes us fellow heirs of God’s priceless inheritance.
Romans 8:16–17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Ephesians 1:11 In him [Jesus] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
An inheritance comes to an heir not because they deserve it but because of who they are. God’s inheritance will be shared with us, not because of what we have done or that we deserve it, but because we belong to Him. It is made available to us only because of His incredible love and He wants to share His limitless resources with His Son, Jesus, and each one of us!
When Adam was created in the image of God, He called it very good. He was perfect. Sin marred that perfect creation with the stain of sin.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 6:15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, that stain of sin is removed. While still in an imperfect state of humanity, God remakes us into a new creation. This is the first step in complete perfection that comes when we are given resurrected bodies in eternity. It is such a blessing to be able to be God’s new creation – His handiwork – in this life… representing God to others as we live for our Redeemer each day.
A number of years ago we accompanied the school children on a field trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Our scheduled tour of the Governor’s Palace was cancelled in order to accommodate a tea for the Queen of England that very day. Since we weren’t royalty, we were excluded.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
In God’s kingdom, everyone is royalty. There are no class distinctions. Our background, our ethnicity, our income level, and our social status is irrelevant in God’s kingdom. Disciples of Jesus are all equally a select nation or race and a royal priesthood. When we surrender our lives to the King of Kings, we don’t become prisoners of war, instead we become a part of His royal family. Take some time to ponder this priceless blessing throughout today!