"death" Tagged Sermons
We come to the end of Jacob’s life. He is an old man, on his death bed, and all his sons gather around him. In this moment Jacob will prophetically bless each of his sons and as he does he pushes our minds forward to the nation that will be formed from his family. As we listen to these blessings, God will challenge us with the reality that our lives need to be formed by the story he is telling…
Our history is marked with hostility. From brokenness in simple relationships to hostility on a global scale. Some may ask where God is in the midst of this hostility; has He abandoned us? Where is God when we are crying out for peace? The story of Good Friday reveals something stunning about God and our quest for peace on earth.
Many in the Christian church have theories about what the church should do with the increasingly hostile or ignorant response of our society to Christianity. But here in Revelation 10-11 God uncovers how His true church does respond when confronted with a hostile context. This reality should redirect our thinking from the speculative theories and towards the eternal call that God has one His church.
The road towards the end of our lives is paved with increasingly uncertain and frustrating moments. Solomon takes us on that journey as we discover what that journey will mean for us and how we should live in response.
In most of our life we don’t tend to think about death. But every now and then we get a chilling reminder that death is not an abstract concept for us humans… it is a very real reality and our very certain destiny. Now while a sermon of death doesn’t seem that edifying, the fact Ecclesiastes speaks so candidly about it gives us something that perhaps nothing else in life does… it vindicates the pain and fear we feel around death. …
Right throughout this letter we have seen that John has been prosecuting a case against the false teachers who were trying to win the hearts and minds of the people away from Jesus. Well as we come to the final chapter of the letter John is mounting his closing argument and he calls three witnesses for us to hear… witnesses who will radically confirm the most wonderful truth ever known.
On Good Friday it is pretty common knowledge that Jesus died on the cross, but I wonder how often we remember the manner in which He was punished. Because Jesus did not just embrace death on Good Friday, but the culmination of everything that is wrong with human hearts. This Good Friday Pastor Joe examines the mockery and shame that Jesus encountered and reveals how it impacts on our understanding of what Jesus did for us.