“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” -Matthew 24:35
God’s Word does not change, but it does change hearts and lives.
“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
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” -Titus 2:11-14
Redeem the heart, change the person; Change the person, save the family; Save the family, reorder society; But only Christ can redeem the heart. -Nate Pickowicz via Twitter
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” -1 Corinthians 15:17-20
Genesis ends with Joseph’s death. Deuteronomy ends with Moses’ death. Joshua ends with Joshua’s death. Gospels end with Jesus’ resurrection. And that changes everything. —Tony Merida
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” -Philippians 4:11
If you’re discontent now, different circumstances will not solve your discontent but just give you fresh reason to not be content. It’s not your circumstances but your heart that needs to change. Not where you are, but who you are. Not your outside but your inside. -Dane Ortlund 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
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
“In the end, it’s the joy and wonder of the gospel that will change you permanently. Only that experience sufficiently reprograms the heart.” -Tim Keller via Twitter
“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]