This 2019 Father's Day message looks at the meaning of the Hebrew word kinah - which describes the jealousy or zeal of the Lord. In Proverbs 6:30-35 we see that husbands are also those who should be kinah. The call for fathers to have this character of God has very significant applications.
Recognising that many prayers in the New Testament are in the plural and focus on community, not just individuals, this messages gathers many New Testament Scriptures to teach from Scripture how a church in fellowship together is to be a prayerful church.
When we are connected to Jesus we can confidently approach the Holiness of God. This confidence should give us cause to consider how to spur on one another and build an environment of encouragement as we commit to our church fellowship.
Despite their sin, moral deficiency and division Paul is able to describe the church is Corinth as a group of people in fellowship together for which thankfulness can be offered. Such an outcome is possible because, in Christ, we are enriched and kept blameless as we live in fellowship with Jesus.
The author of Hebrews commands the congregation to remember, imitate, have confidence in and submit to godly leaders. The godly leaders who should be imitated are those who have a consistency in their relationship with Jesus, are biblically wise, and who equip the church to be distinct.
In Corinth the Lord’s Supper had become a place where privilege and class diversity was causing division. Through Paul’s rebuke we are called to examine whether our participation in the Lord’s Supper is unworthy.
In fellowship together we are called to be distinct focussed disciples. Focussed disciples are salt and light – undiluted and not hidden. This focus may lead to persecution, or to people glorifying the Father. No matter the outcome we remain focussed.
In fellowship together we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our resources so that we can support each other. Jesus helps us fulfil this responsibility by enabling us to have the grace to be generous givers.
Jesus has called all of us, not just a special few, to be living stones in His spiritual house. The called ones stand on Jesus the cornerstone who makes us a chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation.
After the resurrection a group of disciples ended up fishing. When Jesus turns up 153 fish are caught. Through these verses we are reminded that we need to obey Jesus, even when obedience seems strange, because Jesus will give the resources.
The resurrection of Jesus means that Jesus has the capacity to keep on appearing in our lives and to give us the very thing that we need the most. In what capacity do you need Jesus to appear to you today?
This 3-part Good Friday message focuses on:- 1) The human Jesus, therefore He is the only Saviour; 2) The dead Jesus who is not broken, therefore He can help those who are broken; 3) The buried Jesus who brings disciples out of darkness into the light.
While the crucifixion is a brutal affair it must be recognised that, for the Roman soldiers, this event is business as usual. However, as those who are reading about these events, we cannot treat the crucifixion in a business-as-usual fashion.
Pilate declares Jesus innocent so Jesus should be set free. But Pilate also needs to compromise so he makes a “non-decision”. Pilate’s decision seems better than the decisive decision of the chief priests to call Caesar their king however a non-decision about Jesus is still a decision against Him.
When Pilate is asked to judge the guilt of Jesus Pilate finds himself asking a very significant question: What Is Truth? The truth is that Jesus is declared innocent by Pilate, but He is still put to death because Jesus is also an inconvenience.