Biblical Messages

Who are you looking for?

For this first Sunday in Lent, we skip over to John 18.1-14 to the last encounter Jesus had before he was led away to be crucified.  “Who are you looking for?” he asked the Roman soldiers.  It’s a good question for us to ask, too.  Learn why in this message, where you can listen or watch via the links below.

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Biblical Messages

God’s Masterpiece

Due to technical difficulties, today’s message did not record.  Also due to technical difficulties, the video I showed at the end of the message did not have any audio.  Here’s a link to the video we saw but did not hear!

But here’s the big idea.  Created in God’s image as the pinnacle of God’s creation, that image was stained by sin, and only Jesus can restore it.  By faith in him, and by faith alone, we find that image fully restored and can see ourselves as God’s masterpiece, his workmanship.

If you’ve got self-esteem issues, or are wondering how you “identify”, look to the cross.  Look to Jesus, in whom we are affirmed in Christ as the magnum opus of God’s handiwork.

This message was based on Ephesians 2.1-10.  We’ll get the technology doing its thing again this week.

 

Encouragement From The Word

Respect

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but until this week, I had never heard of this supposed trend among certain men to walk up to female reporters (and perhaps others) and offer an exclamation whose acronym is FHRITP. The fact that Shauna Hunt of CityNews in Toronto was willing to call some men out on this abhorrent activity has brought it to light, thanks to the viral nature of social media.

Critics are right to complain that this is unacceptable behaviour. Where does it come from? What would prompt men to disrespect women in this way – or in any other way?

Schools can do all the teaching they want to on values and the like, but if boys (and girls) are not taught at home about the innate value of human persons, it’s not likely to stick. Parents, and especially Christian parents, have a responsibility to teach their children – particularly by modelling it – that everyone deserves respect.

Do you treat your spouse respectfully? Your parents? Your kids? Your friends?

Do you have the guts to call out a friend who treats another person disrespectfully?

After all, as followers of Jesus, we have the greatest reason of all to respect others: all human beings, according to Scripture, are made in God’s image. And that in itself should be enough to enable us to respect others.

What about those who are not followers of Jesus?

Well, there’s one more reason to share the good news of Christ with them!

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1.27, NLT).