We are justified by faith in Christ and nothing else. The law points us to Christ. Where have you fallen short of the standards God sets for you and that you set for yourself? Lean into his promise of grace this week.
We are justified by faith in Christ and nothing else. Are the challenges and decisions in your daily life clarified and guided by the faith you have in Christ, or do you pray occasionally but most of the time go it alone?
Paul’s letter to the Galatian church is perhaps one of the most important letters for the church. This five-week series will look at its importance and theological relevance for our faith and life today. Specifically, we will look at the sweeping vision of grace that Paul lays out in this letter.
The message of the gospel is of the utmost importance. Paul’s passion reveals that the gospel is what he cares about most. If someone were to gauge what you care about most based on how much passion you have for it, what would they come up with?
This past week on my Blog, ThoughtsFromPastorSteve.com, I've been looking at some insight from a book titled The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory, by Roberta Gilbert. It showed some serious problems in society, what Gilbert referred to as Social Regression, followed by some ways that we can use Family Systems Theory to turn things around.
This week, I start with her book, but then look to Scriptures to find a pattern that we can follow that get us back to the abundant life God has in mind for us.
We are finishing up our Hot Topics series today, for the last six week we looking at six tough topics that people inside and outside the church often think about (even if we don't ask about them out loud!).
Today we look at the topic of suffering. If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? God is working his long game of redemption. Our hope is in trusting the character of the God who made us and loves us.
I hope that we'll see that God is present with us, just as he has been present with creation all along. God feels our grief and carries our burdens; we can find comfort in a trusting relationship with the one who went to the cross for us and will ultimately wipe every tear from our eyes.
Sermons from Waverly First Baptist Church, Waverly, NY. This week we continue our series on Hot Topics, those tough topics that people inside and outside the church often think about (even if we don't talk about them out loud). This week we try to answer the question, "Is Jesus really the only way to heaven?"
How can Christianity claim there is only one way to God? God has opened a doorway to fellowship with him—and it is open to everyone and all creation.
Through our radical love, service, and kindness, we can live out the good news of Jesus and show others the door God has opened.
What is the relationship between faith and science? Faith and science are not opposing disciplines. Throughout history, Christians have often been the greatest proponents of scientific discovery, using their intellect to worship God.
We should love God with all our minds, allowing faith and science to be in mutually beneficial conversation together.
This week we continue our series titled Hot Topics, where we're looking at some of those topics that people inside and outside the church often think about (even if we don’t ask about them out loud!).
This week's topic is abortion. What does God think about abortion? In the eyes of God the Creator, all creation—and all human life—is valuable. But we'll also see that being pro-life is about more than abortion. As believers, we should live in a way that honors the dignity of all humans, regardless of political policy or societal norms.
Today we start a new sermon series titled Hot Topics. This series examines six tough topics that people inside and outside the church often think about (even if we don’t ask about them out loud!): If Christians really love Jesus, why is there so much hurt in the church? How can we trust the Bible? What’s the relationship between faith and science? Is abortion wrong? Is Jesus really the only way? Why is there suffering and evil in the world? These are hard questions without easy answers, but Scripture helps us navigate them with wisdom, grace, and intelligence.
Today we look at the problem of hypocrisy. If Christians really love Jesus, why is there so much hurt in the church? Jesus confronted the hypocrisy of religious people and desires that his disciples walk in love. It's only when we stop pretending the church is perfect can we invite Jesus to conform us more and more to his image.