Pastor Jeff preached on 1 Timothy 1:15 in accordance with the beginning of the Christmas season. He emphasized that the true meaning of Christmas is to be found in the Cross, and our joy needs to be found in the fact that Christ died to save sinners. All of mankind is deserving of eternal judgment, but God chose to save some, even among the worst of sinners. It was for this purpose that Christ was born – to die for His bride.
Pastor Jeff preached on a passage from Ephesians 5, addressing the attitude of thanksgiving. As Christians, we have a unique perspective on gratitude, because we know that we are undeserving of anything good, yet God has promised us every good thing in heaven for eternity. In addition to this, we are given many material blessings on earth. Everything we have, from our natural talents, to our houses, to our very salvation, is the free gift of God.
Elder David Duley gave a message from Luke 16, on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. In this account, we can see that God favors a pure heart, and not the external trappings of man. Also, only the working of the Holy Spirit can cause a sinner to believe, and so be comforted in heaven like Lazarus.
Pastor Jeff preached from Genesis 29 & 30, using the story of Rachel and Leah to give a Biblical view on contentment. We can see from this passage that discontent and envy render us unable to enjoy the blessings God has given us, and it also weakens our faith. However, though our spirit may be a complaining one at times, God is still faithful and gracious to His people.
Pastor Jeff resumed his series on the book of Genesis this week, continuing into chapter 29. This part of the book maintains the focus on the life of Jacob as he works for his wives, Leah and Rachel. Pastor Jeff pointed out that even Christians reap what they sow, as Jacob the deceiver is deceived by Laban. However, God continues to work through the consequences of our sin, and will always keep His promises, as He did with Jacob.
Pastor Jeff’s sermon this week focused on Acts 8. He studied the fact that there is no one person who has more or less need for the Gospel than other people. Everyone is equally doomed to hell apart from the Cross. As messengers of Christ, we must show no partiality towards different people groups, but share His truth with all.