Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 9, 2014 | Rev. Tom Mabie | Freedom in Christ | Galatians 5:13-26

Religion is a person’s attempt to get to God or have a relationship with God. Christianity is not a religion. It a relationship, in which, God takes the initiative and establishes a relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Before coming into a relationship with God we live selfish, self-centered lives with ourselves at the center of our lives and life as our own god. None of our efforts or hard work put us in right relationship with God. It’s not until the fact that God awakens us to Himself and draws us by his lovingkindness that we experience a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. However, one of the challenges we face as Christians is that once God has established a relationship with us, we typically and often revert back to doing things in our own effort and strength, trusting in ourselves rather than relying on God. This attempt to walk by our own efforts, in some ways, is the problem that the Churches in Galatia faced.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 2, 2014 | Pastor John Bayles | The Bread of Separation and Salvation | Part 2 | John 6:41-60

In this section, Jesus lays out perhaps the most difficult revelation of His ministry. Thus far he has responded to questions from the Jews in Capernaum regarding the bread, the amazing bread that Jesus had miraculously produced by prayer a few days earlier. This bread that came down from heaven, had been a life-changing experience for those who had been there that day, and was continuing to amaze those who had heard about it and were hoping for a repeat performance from this man with the divine connection.

That is all Jesus was to the masses and the Jews in the synagogue in Capernaum - a miracle man with miracle powers. But, to their amazement, Jesus emphasizes not what He can do, but where He came from and Who and What He is. He is the bread that came down from heaven, not given by the power of a man. This is the sign that Jesus used to awaken His audience and serve as a call for belief. The nature of the miracle points only to the miracle of the man Jesus, the Word, the Son of God, the bread of heaven.