Encourage One Another
This Sunday I will conclude a six part sermon series on encouragement. Encouragement is the process of inspiring others to live with greater hope, confidence, and determination. We’ve looked at Hebrews 3:12-14 and learned that to maintain a church climate of encouragement we need to stay focused (vs. 12), stay in fellowship (vs. 13), and stay fresh (vs.14). We live by encouragement, and we die without it slowly, sadly, angrily.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We pray the Lord will richly bless you this holiday season. Let each of us remember to give thanks to our glorious God for the abundant ways he shows us grace.
"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations."
Who is God?
In the book Philosophy of Religion, John Hicks offers this definition of God: “The infinite eternal, uncreated personal reality who has created all that exists other than himself, and who has revealed himself to his human creatures as holy and living.” In the Westminster Shorter Catechism question #4 “What is God?” this answer is given: “God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.”
Time Is Filled With Swift Transition
Perhaps some of you remember the old hymn titled “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand.” The first line of that song says that “time is filled with swift transition.” We know that’s true don’t we? I mean, can you believe that it’s already the end of Ocotber with Winter just around the corner? The Fall has seemed to fly by, which has really amplified the feeling that the days are moving along so quickly. Indeed life is surely filled with the fast flow of time with transition and change an ever present companion in life’s journey.
An Enduring Memorial
Monuments can disappear. No matter how grand or tall, even the mightiest monument can be destroyed by war or time. Though strong, marble and steel are not invulnerable to decay or demolition. Even those that commemorate great battles or remind us of honored dead can crumble and even fade from memory. However, when Jesus Christ determined to leave a monument to his name, he gave one that would stand as long as the earth remains. That memorial is the Lord’s Supper.