On this first Sunday of Advent, Brother Danny explains the hope that we have as God’s children. We have hope that God hears us when we cry out for help. We have hope that God’s anger does not last forever. And most importantly, we have hope that God has provided a means by which we can be renewed – a promised deliverer, Jesus the Son of Man.
As we look at the first 8 verses of Hebrews this morning, the author reminds us that, in order to live out the life that God has planned for each one of His children, we need to put off the weights of fear, anxiety, and hesitation, and we need to shed the sins that tie themselves around our feet. Then we need to prepare to have endurance while we run, so we should look at the life of Jesus, who gave all he had for the joy of doing the will of the Father.
In our message today, Brother Danny reminds us that not everyone who claims to be of Christ, actually is. This means that we need to be reliant on the Holy Spirit to lead us to the truth about Christ, we must hold tightly to the truth of the Gospel of Christ, and We need to heed the call, repeated often in scripture, to remain true to Christ.
This morning, Brother Danny shared John’s stern warning to the church to not be infatuated with the things of the world. When we turn our passions to the fleeting things of the world that promise us what only God can grant, we will be more than disappointed, as all of those things are futile and fleeting.
In a very timely message following hurricane Zeta’s landfal on the Gulf Coast, Brother Danny shares with us from the book of 1 John, chapter 2. In this message we are reminded, as God’s children, that we can and should know that we are forgiven, that our relationship with God can grow deeper than we ever thought possible, and that no matter the storms of life that come against us, we have the strength to stand firm. Most importanly, the Christian should rest in the knowledge that we are the Lord’s!
As Brother Danny takes us through this portion of chapter 2, we are reminded of the statement Jesus made to his disciples: “if you love me, you will keep my commandments.” In this passage, John makes it quite clear that those who know and love God will be obedient (not perfectly, but on a growing curve) and will demon strate that obedience through our love for others.
As Brother Danny takes us through the passage this week, we see John’s desire that his dear children, the intended audience of his letter, not conitinue to live lives of sin. However, when the believer does sin, they should not despair, but remember that they have an advocate in Jesus, who is faithful to forgive those sins.
Brother Danny shares 1 John 1, verses 5 through 10 this morning. In this passage John deals with the truth that Christians have to choose whether to live in darkness, or live in the light. The first principle in our text is that God is pure light, there is no darkness in Him, at all. The second principle is that mankind has a problem (sin) that must be overcome, and that can only come by the third principle. God’s forgiveness enables us ot walk in the light.
Brother Danny takes us into the book of 1st John this morning, with a look at John’s introduction in verses one through four. In these passages, John prepares his readers to defend against the coming gnostic heresy which eats away at the core of Christianity. In our time, this warning is just as important, as there is much confusion about Jesus Christ. As in John’s day, we have to remember that true fellowship within the body is impossible apart from the source of that fellowship, whcih is Jesus. That fellowship can become a fountain of real joy in our lives.
As Brother Danny concludes our study off the Book of Habakkuk with chapter 3, verse 19, he shows us three principles from this one passage, two which are explicit in the text and one that is inferred by the text. The first principle is that God grants His children a source of strength for their journey. The second explicit principle of the text is that God grants His children stability for their path. And finally, As Habakkuk noted the musical conditions for this work to be sung in corporate worship, God grants His children a call to guide others as we travel along the path.