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Christ is marvelously foreshadowed in every piece of the Tabernacle. Every feature was planned by God with design and purpose. Because of God’s plan that the Tabernacle would be fulfilled in Christ, both in its structure as well as in its function, it can be said that this series is more about Christ than the Tabernacle. JOIN US this Sunday, as we begin our new series, “The Presence of God”.
God never promised us that we were going to go to heaven on flowery beds of ease. Paul said to “fight the good fight of faith”. Life is a fight. And just because you’re going through some tough times today doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done anything wrong. Jesus clearly said, John 16:33, “In this life, you will have trials, frustrations, hardships, and distress. But be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” No matter what you go through in life, you’ve got to stand strong and don’t give up and don’t give in. Show the enemy that you are more determined than he is!
If you haven’t been with us the last few weeks, we are in a series called, “Chosen”. And in this series, we’re talking about our identity, answering the basics: Who are we? And why are we here? Peter said, “You are called by God Himself.” He has called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
I think we humans love to chase this ideal of perfection or completeness. I’ve heard many brides talk about their wedding day being perfect. I’ve worked with kids who are trying to complete a perfect 4.0 GPA. Maybe you’re an artist and you are trying to write the perfect words to complete a song. We could go on with this, but for some reason, we take great joy in running to or experiencing completeness or perfection. But the truth is—and we all know this in our gut—nothing is perfect (except Jesus).
The apostle Peter said, “You are a chosen people. You are royal priests.” And our focus for today, Peter continued and said, “[You are] a holy nation.” And what does holy mean? Peter was saying that as followers of Jesus, you are so different. You are different from the world. You are different from the person that you used to be. Today we learn that after you start following Jesus, you are no longer the same. Instead, you are changed by God.
Today, we begin a new series based on 1 Peter 2:9-10, and I believe it will help you discover God’s call on your life, and purpose for your life. So often we are swayed by how well or how badly things are going, and we get caught up in other people’s opinion of us. The truth is, God’s love for us is constant—even when we are at our worst, and nothing changes the fact that we are chosen by Him. For more information, visit our website at www.mtzchurch.org
Today, we look at the famous parable of “The Prodigal Son”. It is a moving story that teaches us about God’s love for us and his willingness to forgive us no matter what we have done. But there is more to the story than meets the eye . . . much more.
After the Dallas Cowboys had won the Super Bowl, Tom Landry made this observation. “The overwhelming emotion–in a few days, among the players on the Dallas Cowboys football team–was how empty that goal was. There must be something more.” There is nothing else but God that will fill the emptiness in our soul.
What is it that you are substituting for God? It will disappoint you. This Sunday, we look to the scriptures to see that God uses empty vessels to fill with His desires for you!
Today we focus on just one of the things that happens when believers die. The verse we are focusing on this morning is in 2 Corinthians 5 verse 10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”