Monday, March 30, 2009

Reconciliation

Part 4 of Finished

Reconciliation is the act of God whereby He does away with the hostility between a sinner and Himself and establishes peace.
  1. Reconciliation was necessary because of our sin (Romans 5:8-11).
  2. Reconciliation was accomplished by the cross (Colossians 1:19-22).
  3. Reconciliation produces peace with other believers (Ephesians 2:14-18).
  4. Reconciliation is a message God wants us to share (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Links of the Week II

Here are this week's links:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Propitiation

Part 3 of Finished

In pagan religions, it was believed that man could appease an angry god by offering gifts or sacrifices. This was propitiation.

Biblical propitiation is much different. Our sin does anger God, but it is not the sinner who offers the propitiation. "God set forth [Jesus] as a propitiation by His blood" (Romans 3:25 NKJV). "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10 NKJV).

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Redemption

Part 2 of Finished

Redemption is deliverance by the payment of a price. The price paid is called a ransom. Jesus declared, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). The ransom price that is able to redeem us is the blood of Jesus. "It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19).

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Links of the Week

I thought I would start posting links to some sites that I have found helpful or interesting. So here's the first installment of "Links of the Week":

Monday, March 9, 2009

Substitution

Part 1 of Finished

Jesus declared, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). The Greek word translated "for" is anti, which means, "instead of, in place of." On the cross, Jesus died instead of us, in our place.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Sermon Series: Finished

Just before His death on the cross, Jesus cried out, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). The original Greek could also be translated, "It is fulfilled!" or "It is completed!" or "It is accomplished!" What was finished/fulfilled/completed/accomplished?

This Sunday I am beginning a four-part series called Finished. In this series I will present four accomplishments of Christ on the cross.
  1. Substitution
  2. Redemption
  3. Propitiation
  4. Reconciliation

Monday, March 2, 2009

You Can't Please Everyone

Part 3 of You Don't Have What It Takes

Are you living for the applause of people or the approval of God?

Becoming obsessed with what pleases people is the quickest way to forget what pleases God. As followers of Christ, we need to constantly remind ourselves of the following fact: "I can't please everyone, but I can always please God."

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