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Change: Impacting the World Luke 2:1-7, 22-38 God impacted the world in an incalculable way when the Eternal Son of God entered into the world as a small baby. Both human and divine natures were perfectly woven together in a mystery far beyond our understanding. Jesus and those who put their trust and hope in Him have been impacting the world ever…
Change: Shaking Up the Status Quo Matthew 2:1-12 and Luke 2:8-21 God declares in Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” One of the things this verse tells us is that our view of life is limited and that we should not be content…
Change: Hardship and Blessing Matthew 1:18-25 & 2:13-23 We all experience how life brings constant change. Some is blessing and some is hardship. We see this especially in the narrative of the birth of the Son of God. We learn much through this story about how God works and how it should mold our expectations. God Weaves All of History for His…
Change: Waiting on God
In the first chapter of the Gospel According to Luke, the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus are foretold and tied into the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. God’s people had waited many years. What can Parkway learn in a transitional period of waiting?
Romans is the Apostle Paul’s most systematic letter, covering the main themes of theology he thought necessary to pass on. Paul describes turning away from God in several ways, perhaps the most surprising is it being a lack of thankfulness to God.
1 Peter 4:7-11
As people who have responded to God’s grace, we are the church of Christ. While there are many characteristics of the church that we could explore, as part of my final words before retirement, I have chosen to focus on five. All of them would fit under the umbrella of love. We have already looked at our call to forgive and to encourage. Today we focus on our responsibility to serve one another.
I believe that Parkway is an encouraging church. I want to be like the Apostle Paul and say, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) In the early church we encounter a man by the name of Joseph, who was so gifted by God that he was surnamed, Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.” We can learn much from him.
Colossians 3:12-17 & Matthew 6:9-15
I think our culture is becoming more unforgiving. Public shaming and severe consequences are the result of many things that need correction and changed lives. But there also needs to be forgiveness when one sincerely asks. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament are very clear about the beauty and power of God’s forgiveness and the necessity of us forgiving others. (Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 6:37, 17:1-5, 23:34; Ephesians 4:30-32; Hebrews 12:11-15)
Being the Church
Romans 12:1-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Being the church (God’s called out people) is always important for us to understand and live out. During the coming time of transition, it will be even more essential as you discern together Parkway’s future. In the next five weeks we will explore these important marks of the church: forgiving, encouraging, serving, giving and thanking.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus!
In order to embrace the “whole counsel of God”, we must also consider what God’s end game is and how it will come about. The end times include the tribulation, rapture, millennial reign of Christ, return of Christ, final judgment, receiving resurrection bodies, and the creation of the new heavens and new earth. Differing views on how this plays out arise because scripture offers bits and pieces here and there. Scripture delivers this with literal events and conditions and also a fair amount of imagery that may or may not be taken at face value. To find proper perspective and truth, we affirm that: