What’s your job description? A pizza delivery boy humorously described his as follows: “I go to strange people’s houses and take their money.” Have you ever wondered what the job description for the human race is? God announces it—often called “the cultural mandate” shortly after creating the first people. Knowing God’s purposes for us gives us energy and vision for the way we live, work, volunteer, play, and love our neighbors.
We do it all the time—enjoy a child’s features (eyes, nose, personality) and look for ways she resembles parent. After all, you’re looking at an image—a miniature copy—of the parent. The Bible tells us the same could be said of all human beings, who are made in “the image of God.” But what does this mean? How does this change the way we view other people? View ourselves? Let’s take a look.
We’re starting a new sermon series based on Genesis 1–3. It’s called, “Beginnings.” Why? There in the first few pages of the Bible we discover the beginning of everything in nature, the beginning of the human race, the beginning of work and relationships and community and marriage, the beginning of sin and evil, the beginning of God’s rescue plan — the beginning of just about everything. Except God. Which is the point of this first message. God has no beginning. And no end. He’s an always and forever God, and he’s very big. After all, he’s the Creator of the cosmos.
Genesis 1:1–2:3 »
Rev. Chuck Garriott continues the conversation about the Christmas season.
The season of Advent brings joy and hope. But this season also reminds us of the tension that we continue to live in today. Christ has come to inaugurate his kingdom. However, we continue to wait and long for his second coming when he will consummate that kingdom, bringing the full reality. Listen in as visiting pastor, Glenn Hoburg, kicks off our series from Isaiah 9 “And his name shall be called…”
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What does it mean to know Jesus as “Mighty God,” the nickname given by the prophet Isaiah to the coming Messiah? It’s the third Sunday of Advent (“coming”), the season historically devoted to remembering the first coming of Jesus Christ in his birth (Christmas) and anticipating His second coming one day. Each of the four Sundays of Advent, we are looking at the different names given to the promised Child in Isaiah 9: “Prince of Peace,” “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father.” Each of these names reveal a different aspect of the character and the mission of the coming Messiah, whom we now identify by another name: Jesus.
It’s the first Sunday of Advent (“coming”), the season historically devoted to remembering the first coming of Jesus Christ in his birth (Christmas) and anticipating His second coming one day. Each of the four Sundays of Advent, we’ll be looking at the different names given to the promised Child in Isaiah 9: “Price of Peace,” “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father.” Each of these names reveal a different aspect of the character and the mission of the coming Messiah, whom we now identify by another name: Jesus. Today Rev. Mike Park (Grace Downtown) teaches on the wider historical and biblical context of Isaiah 9 and explains what it means to know Jesus as our “Prince of Peace.”
This is the “paradox” of the Cross of Jesus Christ: Jesus triumphs through defeat, achieves power through weakness, offers eternal life through suffering and death, wins our salvation through “losing.” When this reality told hold of our lives—when we begin to live a cross-centered life—we begin to embrace things and people that might on the surface appear weak and foolish, starting with yourself.
For those who want a changed life, what’s the greatest news in the world? “You died.” In Christ. With Christ, when He was crucified. The Cross is the end of our old identity and destiny. The Cross is the end of our old slavery.