Redemption, Part II: The Church
Having redeemed authority and made us like Himself, Jesus restores His people to their proper position of authority by giving authority to His church.
Easter: History or Fairy Tale?
Is Easter a fairy tale or a remembrance of something that actually happened in the world in which you and I live? In Jesus’ day, there were many who thought His claims to rise from the dead were phony. But in this passage, we see God’s answer to the question.
Trust your sovereign Father
As a nation, we are clearly in an unprecedented and very fluid situation regarding COVID-19, with new measures being introduced daily. The Citylight elders have been monitoring the ongoing developments with COVID-19, consulting with medical experts from our congregation, listening to the governor’s recommendations, and engaging in prayerful discussion. In light of this, we have unanimously decided, out of love for our members and neighbors, to suspend our normal worship gathering times and locations this Sunday. Instead of gathering in person, we will hold Citylight’s first ever online service.
He Will Come to Judge
Everybody’s judging somebody, but there is a final day when even we will be judged by the one truly just judge, Jesus Christ.
The Church: an Accountable Discipleship Community
The church is an accountable community for the purpose of discipleship. Jesus calls His people to submit to the authority and oversight of a local church for His glory, our restoration, and the purity of the church. Church membership is biblical principle where the local church affirms a Christian’s salvation and cares for their soul so as to present the Christian pure before God on the last day.
Your Father Controls Everything
We can’t trust out future to our heavenly Father unless we know what he’s like. In this passage, we see that our Father controls everything for our good, and therefore we need not fear anything in the way of obeying him.
Kingdom Decision Making
We make thousands of decisions every day without even thinking about it, but there are other decisions that feel more pressing, where we know to choose poorly could have bad consequences, and to choose wisely could have really good consequences. Instead of telling us what to choice to make in every situation, Jesus gives us something ultimate to seek with every decision: God’s kingdom and righteousness.
Beatitudes Summary: The Attractively Different Community
As we wrap up the Beatitudes, we see that Jesus’ vision of the good life is a community living out His righteousness, which will make them the object both of opposition AND admiration, precisely because they are different.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
How can we have peace in our divided country, city, and lives? Jesus calls those who make peace blessed, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed Are The Pure in Heart
Jesus tells us that a pure heart is required to see God. Jesus was the only truly pure hearted man. It is by clinging to him that we have hope.
Blessed are the Merciful
The millennial and younger generation is marked by a more visible social concern and volunteerism, but it often doesn’t influence the way they choose to live. In this Beatitude, Jesus pronounces a blessing on the merciful, those who allow the miseries of others to affect them and change the way they live. He presents a vision both challenge and hopeful, especially to us living in America today.