Contributed on Aug 21, 2007
In the world, greatness is determined by how many people serve you; but, in God’s kingdom, greatness is determined by how many people you serve.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). That was His personal mission statement. If I’m to be a follower of Christ, what marked His life should mark mine. My personal mission statement ought to be “serving ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2007
My weaknesses cause me to rely on God, who supplies me with sufficient strength.
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” The Big Idea: My weaknesses cause me to RELY on God, who supplies me with sufficient STRENGTH. Three questions: (1) What kind of “weakness” is Paul talking about? (2) What is the source of our weaknesses? (3) What is the purpose of our ...read more
Contributed on Sep 4, 2007
Since everyone is a slave—either to sin or to God—it’s best to choose the slavery that gives the best results.
The Issue: “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (v. 15; see v. 14). If God loves us whether we sin or not, then why not continue to sin just as much as we please? God saves people not by law (through works) but by grace (through faith). To ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2007
Following Jesus can be difficult, but all who choose this path will be greatly rewarded in the end.
Many people’s attitude about following Christ is “What can I get?” not “What can I give?” They view Christianity as only a free ticket to heaven. But what did Jesus teach about discipleship? Read Matthew 8:34-38. “If anyone would come after me” means “If anyone wants to be my disciple (in ...read more