We pluck [verses] out of context and expect them to work like magic tricks, and unless we understand the context, we should not expect that it’s gonna work like magic on us.
I Can Do All Things
The context of this scripture [is] a context of basically provisional suffering, provisional struggling. Paul’s talking specifically about provision. He’s talking about his needs being met, and he says there were times in his life when he was in great want, and there’s times in his life when he was in great plenty, and the equalizer in that situation is the strength and the grace of the Lord.
The Bible is a historical document given to us by God to tell us who God is, how He interacts with human beings, and from Genesis to Revelation, God has given us His unadulterated message … so that we might know Him, and live for Him, and understand our purpose, our reason, our interaction with Him, who He is, who we are, our identity, when He’s coming back, and how we’re going to spend our eternity.
The greatest danger of our day is not even the rejection of scripture, but the twisting and maligning and manipulation of scripture to make it say something it doesn’t or make it not say something that it does.
Pastor Patrick Steele talks about the christian growth process and it’s link to the trials of this life.
After all of the blessings, and all of the good things he’s done for me… I still find myself back in the place where I’ll be asking if God is really good in this situation or not. Why? Because I’ve been stretched beyond where I was before. I’ve been stretched to the edge of my faith. I’ve been stretched to the end of my capacity to endure it on my own, to the point where I have to come to a place, at the very end where I’m just about to snap, where I learn to trust in God, and not in myself. Patrick Steele
Pastor Sean Todd talks about the cycle we go through as believers; from sinner to enthusiastic convert, to separatist, to activist, and hopefully back to enthusiastic evangelical.
The primary mission of the church today is not only to save the lost, but it’s to seek them out. Sean Todd
The reason you and I can still exist in this relationship, this long distance relationship with Jesus Christ, through time and space, and even through difficult times in our life, is because of the experiential reality that the third person of the Holy Trinity has filled our hearts to overflow, and His presence there inhabiting us on the inside communicates to us indiscriminately, irresistibly, the love of God Himself. That’s Good News!
Dylan Marshall talks about being world changers through the power of Jesus Christ within us.
I love just as much as the next person to be here on a Sunday morning, to be up here speaking, to be up here worshiping. I love that, but if that’s where it stops, then we’ve got this all wrong.