Mercy is a compassionate response to human need. Grace and mercy are often mentioned together but they differ. Grace deals with sin and guilt. Mercy deals with the consequences of sin and guilt. As we realize the mercy that God has shown us, it stirs us to be merciful to others.
We need to have a spiritual appetite in order to grow spiritually. We talked about this last weekend. We hunger and thirst and are filled, which makes us hungrier and thirstier, which causes us to be more satisfied, which cases us to hunger and thirst….
There are a lot of ideas about what righteousness is. I believe that it is about living by trying to do the next right thing, holding in context that we are still far from perfect and that we will often not do the next right thing, and yet God sees us now in the perfection of His son. We can go to Him when we have fallen short and He loves us and empowers us and encourages us to go and live by doing the next right thing? We get a picture of this when we look at the next section of the beatitudes.
The Psalmist goes on to say that living this way results in “inheriting the land” and “living in great peace”. Inheriting the earth means that you don’t have to be afraid of anybody or anything because God is in control.
You can settle in who you are and in His love for you. You don’t have to strive, you can thrive in His rest and peace.
This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed. You can listen to the study by clicking here Hebrews 4:1-16 (NIV) 1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be […]
We talk all the time about Jesus being our model for life and ministry. And at some point, as we hold in tension the brokenness of our lives that we see in the first beatitude, we begin to realize how utterly incapable we are of ever living up to His standard. We see how full of sin we are, how despite the beauty of His way, we so often do exactly the opposite. The proper response is to mourn our own sin and the sin of the world. It is the sorrow of repentance, grief over our sin and how it affects us, others, and God. My sin, sent Jesus to the cross.
Churching Well Part 3 Last week, we said that the church is ultimately about relationships. Relationship with God, relationship with the people of God, and relationship with those who do not yet know Jesus. These relationships are developed in the context of worship, discipleship, fellowship, and mission. All of these relationships also […]
Churching Well Part 2 Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had […]
Churching Well Part 1 As we wrapped up our discussion on the Kingdom of God last week, we said that when Jesus came the first time, He inaugurated the Kingdom of God. He will consummate the Kingdom when He returns. His message was that the Kingdom of God had come, the rule […]
Kingdoming Well Part 9 When Jesus came the first time, He inaugurated the Kingdom of God. He will consummate the Kingdom when He returns. His message was that the Kingdom of God had come, the rule and reign of God was available now to all who received the message of the Kingdom, […]
Kingdoming Well Part 8 Matthew 13:10-17 (NIV)
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given […]
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12 NIV