The news of the world gets more and more dire, but the Christian message has been called “Good News” ever since Jesus burst out of the tomb that Resurrection Sunday. Sometimes, though, in the media and even at church, even that news sounds anything but good. Maybe, at best, more like, “I guess God doesn’t hate me as much as I should probably expect.”
Guess what? God really does love you. Here at Central Baptist we are united in our vision to contemplate the glory of who God really is–which, by the way, is Love–to motivate our mission to love the world and each other in His name, through compassion and Spirit-fueled good works of blessing to those around us. It’s a process. We’re not perfect yet. But we’re committed to traveling this path together, with Jesus as both our Guide and the Way itself.
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John 10:1-16, 24-30
A gate and a shepherd?
John 10:1-6, 11-32
How do you know the Good Shepherd’s voice?
“The Passover was near.” –Apostle John
The purpose of the Light of the World—at the beginning of creation and ever since–is life. It is to reveal and heal (or recreate, or birth) children of God, through whom to shine: more and more life and light, less and less darkness and death.
Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or a resurrection person?
Haggai 1:1-11; 2:1-9; Mark 11:1-11, 15-19
The true Temple is the place where God and His people are fully present with each other together.
P.S. This is super-embarrassing but must be noted: I make a very glaring mis-explanation in this message. In it I describe there having been three temples in Jerusalem (2 rebuilds of Solomon’s). This comes from my 1) being confused by the fact that the Temple during Jesus’ day is sometimes known as “Herod’s Temple” and 2) my having a hazier recollection of “intertestamental” history than I realized and, not having realized it, not looking it up.
In fact the third literal Temple has not yet been built. This should not substantively negate the rest of this message but needs to be pointed out and corrected nevertheless.
If God were unable to be wounded by our rejection of Him, or unable to be infuriated when He sees people in His image oppressing each other and abusing creation, that’s when He would be an unjust psychopath.
2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Kings 8:20-30, 65-66
Sanctification and transformation
Come from delayed gratification…