“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” -Hebrews 12:14
“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.” -Paul David Tripp
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” -Deuteronomy 33:26-27
The changes in your life won’t rattle you if you’re resting in the One who is eternally constant. -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:28-30
Our times and purposes on this earth are temporary. Times change. God’s plans for each are different and we do not dictate the terms of our service.
John the Baptist understood the sovereignty of God, he knew who he was and what his place was, and he had a right view of his service. His response to this transition in his ministry is an example for us.
“Whatever it is that glorifies my Master, that’s what I want.”
-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
“Bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” -Luke 3:8
The outward acts won’t save you. Some just go through the motions and rituals with no inward change. If you’ve genuinely repented and Christ lives in your heart, you will bring forth fruits to show you’ve been changed. Your attitude will change. Your behavior will change. You will love the things God loves and hate the things He hates.
[Listen to Sunday Morning’s Sermon]
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. -2 Corinthians 3:18
You behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ whenever you are in His Word. The mirror of God’s Word shows our ugly sinfulness, but also shows the beauty of Christ’s holiness. It changes (Greek: “metamorpheo”) you into His image.
You become more and more like the people you’re around. The more you are beholding His glory, the more you’ll become like Him.
Audio of Morning Sermon