How is love for God maintained in the world? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 gives an overview of the message of the Bible. God has entered into a saving covenant relationship with his people through Christ, and the duties of those in covenant with God center on loving Him. How are the message of the gospel and the duty to love God perpetuated? In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Moses teaches that it is primarily in the family that this is accomplished. Love for God is maintained insofar as Christians have godly homes.
Does your godliness in suffering include submission to elders in the church? One thing that is clear in 1 Peter is that Christians need to suffer in a godly way. This includes within the church, particularly in the way elders serve and the way members relate to elders. In 1 Peter 5:1-5 Peter gives a charge to elders and members explaining what the duties of each are.
There is no way to overstate the importance of Deuteronomy 6:1-5. Verse 4 is the great summary of redemption on which verse 5 develops the most succinct statement of the entire duty God requires of man, but what do these verses mean? Here Pastor Grasso shows that God is calling his people to exclusive fidelity to him because of salvation and that love for God is to pervade every area of life.
This past election season was the most contentious in recent history. The country seems to be divided over different ideologies and goals for the country. How should Christians think about such things? Does the Bible address things like Socialism? How should Christians respond to difficult elections? All of these questions are addressed in this sermon on Psalm 146 where the Psalmist reminds us that we do not put our hope in princes.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 King Solomon answers a question that many of us ask, what should we do to obtain wisdom, how do we choose when the answer is unclear? God knows every step we will take, we need to trust him with all of our heart. Listen in as we explore how to trust in God instead of ourselves, and what advantage(s) does a God-dependent life bring?
In Psalms 8, the psalmist reminds us of the excellence and greatness of God, and that we are created in His image. He sovereignly ordains everything, all that we understand, and all that we do not. Our anxieties are a product of sin. When we face difficult times, the psalmist reminds us that man has been crowned in glory and honor by God, to be strong in the face of uncertainty because He will never leave or forsake us.
In 1 Peter 4:12-19 Peter tells Christians not to be surprised by suffering. It is normal for Christians; however, he also explains why a Christian should rejoice in suffering: in suffering you are brought closer to Christ; you have the blessing of the Spirit, and you will be vindicated by God on the last day. This vindication assumes faithfulness to Christ. Judgment will begin with the household of God.
In Deuteronomy 5:1-21 Moses records the famous Ten Commandments summed up by Christ as loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. These commands form the basis for all godly living, but they are not just commands. They are rooted in the gospel in that the gospel provides the motivation and ability to keep them.
In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter says that the end of all things is near. How then should you live? Peter gives the implications of this reality by explaining the way Christians should treat one another in light of this truth, namely, in prayer, love, showing hospitality, and exercising their gifts for the good of others all to the glory of God.
Understanding the law can be difficult, but it remains an important part of the Christian’s life. In this passage in Deuteronomy 4:41-49, cities of refuge are established east of the Jordan and the law is introduced. This transitional passage, wrapping up the historical review section and preparing for the giving of the law, teaches important aspects about the law of God for the Christian.