Sermons by Jeff Butler (Page 22)
God gives Israel commandments for living with him and each other; commandments liberate us and draw us closer to God. God tells Israel how he wants to dwell among them, in a tabernacle; but in the NT, our bodies become the temples of the Holy Spirit.
The story of redemption and deliverance of the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians lays the foundation for an even greater story yet to come: the sacrifice of God’s son on a cross.
Joseph was sold into slavery, was falsely convicted, and sent to prison before he saved Egypt from the famine. Life won’t always turn out according to our plans, but God is always in control and is faithful.
God called Abraham to build a nation. The one quality God required was faith. Through faith, Abraham obeyed God when he didn’t know where he was going and trusted God when it did not make sense.
In Genesis, God spoke and brought everything into existence. From the beginning, his people rebelled and sinned, but the good news is that God forgives, restores, and empowers us.
The Bible is the word of God and is our only source of adequate and accurate information about God. Luke 24 illustrates the Upper Story (where God is) and the Lower Story (where we are).
It’s resurrection Sunday! So what? While 78 percent of Americans believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, we know that not everyone who believes this fact devotes their lives to Jesus. There’s a “what” and then there’s a “so what”. The what is believing the fact; the “so what” is what we choose to do with this information to impact our lives. There’s a Friday story of Jesus’ betrayal, rejection, shame, death, and defeat. Then, there’s the Sunday story…
God wants to send you out to share his love with other people and not just keep it to yourself.
When we bless others, we serve others. God has shaped us to serve him and each other. We all have a special way of serving God.
We are running a marathon to maturity in becoming more like Christ. To do this, we must simplify our lives, be patient as God works on us, run with others, and take every step with purpose.