This morning, Brother Danny shared with us one of the most basic aspects of God’s nature; God is love. Everything that he does is motivated by and filled with the Love that he has for his people. That love is 100% at God’s initiative, and not due to any lovliness on our part. More than that, God’s love came at a heavy price, in that it cost the life of His son, Jesus.
This morning, Brother Danny shares with us how to keep from being gullible. To make sure we are following only those teachings that agree with the teachings of Jesus, we need to pay close attention to the words of those teachers. If they contradict God’s Word in regard to who Jesus is, If their worldview matches the world more than the Word, and if their teaching does not align with God’s word, they do not deserve the attention of God’s children.
This morning, Brother Danny shared with us the importance of knowing the foundation of our faith, that is, Jesus Christ. We can that we are His through obedience to His command, through His faithfulness to us, and most importantly through the work of the Spirit in our lives.
This week, Brother Danny answers the ubiquitous question, “What is love?” In John’s letter, the answwer to that is clear. Love is laying down your life for the sake of someone else. To put it another way, love is seeking the absolute best for someone, no matter the personal cost. Jesus showed this for the church in the way he lived his life, and in that he died for the atonement of our sins. We, the church, need to keep our eyes open to the needs of people around us, and to sacrificially meet those needs, just like Jesus did.
This week, Brother Danny reminds us that there is no room for hatred in the life of the Christian. Hatred is a mark of evil, and it is not an acceptable reaction for a child of God. When hatred raises its head, we must turn from it. Love, on the other hand, is at the heart of the Gospel message. Loving God’s family, loving other people, is one way that we can have assurance of our own eternal life. Let us eagerly embrace the call to love one another.
In our message, Brother Danny shares with us what it means to live a life of righteousness. Living in righteousness requires us to understand the very serious nature of sin. If we treat sin in a casual manner, we will never react to it as seriously as we should. That reaction should be a rejection of sin’s hold on our lives. Though the Christian had eternal security, that cannot cause us to become comfortable with sin. Finally, the only way we can live a righteous life, is to fully surrender to God’s power in our lives. No amount of willpower will be suficient to bring us where we need to be. Only God can deliver us into that life of righteousness.
In this morning’s sermon, Brother Danny helps us to consider how critical it is to our Christian walk to remember who we are, in Christ. We also need to keep in mind that we should be in the process of growing in Christlikeness. While those things should be everpresent in the mind of the child of God, it is often very easy to get discouraged. And so, we need to keep in mind that our metamorphasis into the new creation is only possible by God’s grace, and not through our own work. Ultimately, this is a message of great hope.
In today’s message, we look at Hebrews chapter 12, and how God’s discipline should be a source of security and joy in the life of a Christian. While it is hard to feel joyful while we are in the midst of a period of discipline, once we come through on the other side, it is easy to see how God has used it to correct and reprove his children, and to bring us into line with His desire for our lives.
We have celebrated the first coming of our Savior this week, but our preparation and celebration for the second coming of Christ continues. This morning, Brother Danny reminds us that the phrase “Praise the Lord” in scripture is a plural imperative phrase. In other words it is a command to all creation to praise God. As we look at Psalm 148, remember to Praise the Lord!
As we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, Brother Danny reminds us of God’s steadfast love towards his children. This love is what brings us hope as we await the return of our Savior. This love is what gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding. Thils love brings us joy in the darkest of times. And this love is made manifest in Jesus Christ alone!