Tested in the Wilderness
As the devil tempted Jesus so he tempts us to doubt God’s goodness, willingness, and ability to provide all of our needs. He also tempts us to doubt our relationship with God. Finally, he tempts us to abandon hope for God’s provision and to make providing for our needs the top priority in life. Jesus shows us that an absolute trust in God’s provision grounded in the Word of God overcomes the devil’s temptations.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16, Jesus the Great High Priest The practical benefit for us in having Jesus as our Great High Priest in Heaven is that Jesus gets it! Jesus knows our weaknesses. Jesus knows our needs. And Jesus totally gets it. Jesus says to us, come on up to the throne of grace and receive all the mercy and grace that you need. In gratitude for the mercy and grace that is ours, we hold firmly to our faith in Jesus and, like Jesus, we extend mercy and grace to others.
“Watch out for false prophets!” Jesus gives this warning to us as a command. This sentence implies two things: · False prophets exist. · False prophets are bad. Before we talk about why false prophets are bad, let’s define . . . Who are prophets? There are technical ways to define who is a prophet, but…
People Worth Touching
Jeff Hale • Emmanuel CRC • Sermon • • 19 views • 40:18
Be done! Matthew 8:5–13 When Jesus had come to Capernaum, his chosen base of operations, a Roman centurion came to Jesus asking for help. Matthew tells us the centurion came to Jesus because his servant was lying paralyzed at the centurion’s home and the servant was suffering terribly. Here we notice…
When Opposition Comes . . .
Jeff Hale • Emmanuel CRC • Sermon • • 10 views • 36:13
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (v.28). What is the rest that Jesus promises? The rest that Jesus gives is so rich we can't exhaust its meaning today. At its heart the rest Jesus gives is rest from constantly trying to be good enough.