Paul makes a rich statement in Phil 4:20 calling God our Father, which was unheard of before Christ. In fact, God is only referred to as Father 15 times in the entire Old Testament: 66 books, 929 chapters – and only 15 times. In contrast, Jesus refers to God as Father 165 times in the four Gospels and Paul does it 40 times in the epistles. Christ has provided us access to the Father, so let’s understand what that means.
After a short (10 minute) word from Seth entitled The Tale of Two We’s, Matt shares his insight into God being our Father. Take a few minutes and listen to this word that will encourage you and give you fresh insight into the meaning of Psalms 68:5, a father to the fatherless and the work of the Father in your life.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. – 1 Cor 13:11
The essence of the letter to the churches in Ephesus is that we as followers of Christ, need to grow up. Maturity is being like Christ, not living like the world, but instead walking worthy of our calling. It is a challenging word, but a good one. Jesus has called us to live a life of maturity in him.
Jesus declared in John 11 that he is the resurrection, not that he will be. Often our choice is to agree with Martha and look to Heaven for his power or to agree with Paul in Ephesians chapter one and understand Jesus’ resurrection power is for today.
Jesus asks Martha in her time of need, what about now?
Second Service: (includes an emphasis on Jesus moving the stone)
The writings of Paul to the churches in Galatia reflect an understanding of the simple words of Jesus recorded in John 15; Jesus is the vine. As we remain connected to the vine the sap of Grace flows into us producing godly fruit.
It isn’t often that we see Jesus as a warrior because of the dominant image of him painted in our culture. Jesus was and is a warrior king who fought to set men free, always fulfilling his promises. This is the Jesus alluded to in Galatians chapter four.