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.”
We talk about why Jesus came but very few people ever thought about how Jesus came to us. How did he come? We know why he came. Today, I want to show you how he came. You might argue, “Well, he came preaching or teaching or healing.” If you did, you would be right. I want to show you another how that will help even bring context to the why that Jesus came. Luke 7:34 tells us one of the ways that he came. “The son of man came eating and drinking.”
Is there someone you wish to be saved— someone you love more than life itself? Maybe you have poured out your heart to this individual. You have prayed that he would decide to be baptized or be restored. You have shed tears. Years may have gone by, and he apparently remains unmoved by the story of the cross. By now, perhaps your hope has faded. Look at the thief, and let your hope be renewed!
There’s so much pain and hurt in the world, sometimes it’s hard to see anything else. But what if, when we looked around, all we saw was love? The greatest sacrifice in history shows us how to make it happen. Let’s learn to Love Like Jesus. In this three-part series, we’ll look at three main ways that Jesus loved the Church: by washing feet, forgiving sinners, and breaking bread.