Through Jesus, believers are qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints. Through Jesus, Timothy has been qualified. That is why Paul encourages Timothy to "fan into flame" the gifts he has been given. In the book of Daniel, God qualifies Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego with faith to stand courageously against the most powerful King of that day. God has qualified each of us with the same faith.
Ian teaches from Esther 9 and 10. The big idea is "It's all about Jesus". We learn that 1) salvation requires celebrating, 2) we need to put a stake in the ground, and 3) it's all about Jesus.
Ian teaches from Esther 8 and asks the question, "What is your Haman?" But we don't have to dwell on that because of the gospel. The gospel is not advice; it's great news! Jesus is a better Esther and God is a better king.
Mark Rushworth speaks on the transfiguration.
Paul wrote to the Colossian Church to reinforce that salvation is in Jesus Christ alone. Paul reminds them about the gospel that “came to them.” Faith, Love and Hope are produced by the Word of God through the gospel… a reminder to the church today that it is only in Christ that the joy of Faith, Love and Hope are produced.
Esther 7 teaches us three things:
1 - The queen has tact
2 - The king has wrath
3 - The enemy is sacked
The story of Esther is part of a much greater story -- the story of Jesus.
The letter to the Colossians was more than just a nice idea for Paul. The letter had purpose! And the purpose of the letter was to remind the Colossians of the salvation they had received as a gift and to warn against those who were out to shipwreck that great message of Salvation. Starting with the History of Colossians, the reason why it was written and the central message of the gospel, we are starting that journey to discover how Colossians is still relevant in 2018.
Adam wraps up his short series on Grace by talking about how we have been freed from dead works to serve the living God.
We are called to repent from dead works (which can be without faith, presumptuous, not from God, not motivated by love) because Jesus has cleansed our conscience from dead works to serve the living God (with zeal and urgency, to bring God glory and to be rewarded) with living works (which involve God's power, are motivated by love, accomplish the will of God and express the variety of God).
Ian Hall preaches on Esther 6. In Esther 6, we learn 3 things:
- The king does not sleep
- The enemy is lurking
- But Christmas is coming