Active opposition to Jesus is noticeable, but is it possible that even followers of Jesus could be passively opposing Jesus? Are we telling Jesus, “No, not yet”? Paul’s story begins by him actively opposing Jesus. However, Jesus shows up to give him a new vision, a new mission and a new calling. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul is able to move into a ministry of suffering and a life of “Yes, Jesus.”
It can be easy to be interested in Jesus privately, to hide behind the “we” of corporate worship and church experiences. But as Nicodemus’ one on one encounter with Jesus reveals, you can’t just be near Jesus, you have to believe in Jesus to be saved!
Everyone wants to be an influencer. While influence isn’t bad, it shouldn’t be the primary goal of a Christian. True influence comes as result of a much more important, and often overlooked goal: patient endurance.
What does it mean when we talk about our future home? How does the story of Christmas set us up for it? Pastor Nikomas helps us consider these questions.
Christmas, the story of Immanuel, was an invitation to a people in exile to come together as a family again. God became flesh to dwell among us in order for us to be at home with Jesus. In this season, our invitation from God is to come back home.
In this election season there is panic, fear and hopelessness. But in the church, we can’t lose sight of Jesus, whose power and reign isn’t limited by any country or government. Jesus is casting a brand new vision for the entire world, therefore we can pray, we can vote and we can work with hope.
Having money isn’t the problem. Instead, we run into trouble when we invest only into earthly accounts and not heavenly ones. Opportunities to invest into heavenly accounts are all around us, both in individual needs & a collective mission. When we make this sacrifice, true joy & desire in our Almighty is found.
Is independence really the pinnacle of life? Our culture claims so but according to scripture, the self-reliant, independent life doesn’t work. Maybe we need a crutch after all.