Giving Thanks

Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!

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In this sermon we answer three important questions concerning the deity of Christ. What does Scripture say about his deity? Why is his deity so important? And why is the deity of Christ helpful for the Christian?

The grace and goodness and mercy of God is displaying in that he has most clearly revealed himself to his creatures. He has done so through his creation and through his written Scriptures, and these forms of revelation demand a necessary response from the creature.

Thanksgiving Service - God's command to bless all peoples by bringing them to praise him will most certainly be accomplished through Christ. It is the joy of his people to now offer him acceptable thanks in anticipation of this eternal duty of praise.

Underlying the necessary righteousness for entering the kingdom of heaven is an efficient call - a new birth, which provides the life and power a sinner needs to evidence a righteousness which exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees.

The second way Jesus has come to make the glory of the Kingdom promises of the OT clear is by describing Kingdom greatness. Such greatness is attained, Jesus says, by esteeming highly the connection between God's Kingdom and God's commandments.

One of the amazing aspects of Jesus' ministry was his connection to the Old Testament Scriptures. As he teaches concerning the Gospel of the Kingdom, he makes it clear that his Kingdom is one in the same to what was foretold long ago in the ancient texts.

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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