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The prospect of our future glory leaves us with present reasons to have courage in the face of our sufferings.

Paul contends for the fact that our present suffering is not worthy to even be compared to the glory that will be revealed. If this is true, our perspective on the trials of this life should filter through the lens of God's good purposes for future glory.

This text is most often thought of as Jesus' instruction on divorce and remarriage, for good reason. But it is far more than this; in this example he illustrates the fact that Kingdom righteousness has to do not only with personal purity, but also with the purity of those whom our actions affect.

This is a survey of what Scripture teaches us concerning what spiritual warfare is. We overview the fact that every Christian is engaged in battle, who it is that we fight against, and the ground upon which this battle rages.

Jesus indicates that those who are a part of his Kingdom will be characterized by fighting against the desires of the flesh. So how can we find success in engaging in this battle which the Christian's new heart longs to do?

Not only is true righteousness concerned with defining pure desires the way God defines them, but it is also concerned with the positive quality of aggressively and radically fighting against all which would intend to pollute them.

Loving

Love for others is to be a hallmark trait of Christians, and we believe that our love for others begins with our love for God himself. This is why our commitment is to prioritize knowing God in his Word so that we might fear him, love him, obey him, and love those around us as we ought.

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, his said this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37–40 ESV)
 

Proclaiming

The Apostle Paul specified the theme of his message in Colossians 1:28 - “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

And it is our solemn hope that we would do everything possible to make Jesus Christ known in what we teach - to children, to our community and to our congregation from the pulpit. He is the Lord of all, and must be proclaimed with priority and power. His perfection and deity, and his work on the cross and his resurrection form the realities that we seek to make known - both in our teaching and in our living.

Whether in the pulpit via expository preaching, or in a children's class with a familiar story, we seek to faithfully herald the truth of God alone.

Serving

The ultimate act of service was done for us when Jesus died in our place on the cross. And we draw strength from his grace towards us that we might demonstrate grace in service to others. This reality is perhaps nowhere better described than in 1 John 4:11 - 

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

May our knowledge of God and our desire to exalt Christ lead us to serve others through the power of the Spirit.

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