Last night we had a category 2 typhoon tear across Okinawa with gusts over 110 miles per hour. As I stood on my balcony in the sheer force of the storm I felt both awe and fear. Today we look at what the bible teaches of the fear of God and how this is a vital part of the life Jesus gives.
2 Corinthians 5:17
We want to be like Christ, to live in the power that guided his life, and the power which raised him from the dead. This is the power of God that conquers sin even here and now! But how to we practically remain connected to this power? And what happens when we are in the new life, but the old doesn’t seem to disappear?
Jesus has shown us that ‘remaining’ in him and being ‘good soil’ means that we have a responsibility. But aren’t we saved by grace alone and not works? We look today at Paul’s famous statement to learn about the way God saves us and the part he has called us to play in responding to him.
John 15:4-6, Matthew 13:3-9
We want to know Christ, but why is it that we so often are unable to do what he did and what he has called us to do? We look at Jesus’ words in John 15 and Matthew 13 to learn what it means to ‘remain’ and be ‘good soil’ and the practical ways that Jesus did this and that we can follow him.
The resurrection of Jesus is a testimony of the power of God to destroy sin, evil, and death. This is good news for our lives not just when we die, but that here and now we can also experience the resurrection power of Jesus, freeing us from sin and enabling us to live for God! But how?