Paul provides a glimpse into God’s picture of our development from infants to maturing adults. While Paul sees development as the goal, he doesn’t describe it ever as completed; rather, he encourages continued feeding at God’s table of grace. ~Pastor Nate Elias
Our culture today is built around appearances. In many ways our church is built around appearances. Paul develops a different focus when describing the family and the church. ~Pastor Nate Elias
How do you see God? Is He one to imitate or is He too intimidating for you? Paul challenges us to love as “loved children of God.” ~Pastor Nate Elias
We welcome Pastor Harold Altamirano from the Life Fellowship SDA Church in Coral Springs, FL. Pastor Altamirano will be here over the next few nights to share “We All Have Problems HOPE.” We are blessed to have him here to share the Good News!
Paul quotes from David, “In your anger do not sin.” As a Christian, it is often easier to say “Don’t get angry,” than to say “In your anger do not sin.” Paul’s challenge to the church is to honestly learn to deal with the anger that develops between Christians. The result of honesty is the ability to forgive.
~Pastor Nate Elias
Our culture and society tell us that true living, true success, true compassion, truth itself is found after we move past Jesus. While those claiming to follow Jesus haven’t always lived up to the truth, Jesus; culture and society have not and will not find solutions to our world’s problems except in the truth, Jesus Christ. ~Pastor Nate Elias
In what may seem an impossible prayer request, Christ prayed that the church would be so united that the church would be one. Paul challenged the church to “make every effort to keep the unity of Spirit” in one body, the church; whose head is Christ. ~Pastor Nate Elias
Klyne Snodgrass, referring to Paul’s doxology says, “God does not fit the limitations of our expectations.” Too often we do not expect from God the power He offers through the Spirit, because we struggle to accept the love that is the root of any power God provides. ~Pastor Nate Elias
As a Gentile believer in Jesus Christ, salvation seemed to be determined not by God but by the Jews. Paul declares himself as the messenger of the revelation that God gives grace as a gift to everyone, Jew and Gentile. ~Pastor Nate Elias
Paul reminds the Jews and the Gentiles that they both begin “in the flesh” and that it is only through Christ “in the flesh” that they can claim peace in the Kingdom of God. We also have to realize that “in the flesh” is our opposition to God and his kingdom. ~Pastor Nate Elias