The primary way that pastors lead, equip, and serve the church is through their preaching and teaching. As pastors, our first desire is to be personally affected by the Word of God and to apply it to our own lives. We take very seriously our calling to “rightly divide” the Word of God and preach it in a way that is engaging, understandable, and practical for the benefit of the Church.
The call of God to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ is a costly call. It is a call that stirs the hearts of men to either fall at the feet of Jesus or vigorously oppose Him. The call to gospel ministry therefore will often entails enduring hardships, affliction, opposition, persecution and sometimes physical death. The ministry of the gospel also includes the caring for and nurturing of the sheep, warning and protecting from wolves that may creep in. God’s call to gospel ministry is costly, and it is a call that is extended, not only to the specialists, but to each and every person who is called by His name.
The book of Joshua conveys a narrative of God’s faithfulness toward His people as He fulfills His promises and in so doing, reveals His glory, might and power. In the scope of redemptive history, the book of Joshua gives a glimpse of His final judgment as He destroys the inhabitants of the land. Although long-suffering in nature, the “iniquity of the Amorites” was complete (Genesis 15:16) and God poured upon them just judgment for their sin. Concurrently, God lavished His grace on Israel, the people whom He had, apart from their merit, set apart to be His own.
As we prepare to observe Jesus’ resurrection, let it be our hearts desire, as God’s people to observe it with great joy, and praise and much thanksgiving, and that in preparing our hearts we would rest in hope of the coming resurrection of the saints as set forth in Christ Jesus, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20). Let us fix our sights on Christ and may He be our hope and our rest.
Andreas Köstenberger recently wrote, “A day as significant as Christmas warrants an Advent of four weeks of preparation and enjoyment. We will marvel for eternity over the coming of God himself to save his people from their sins, and Advent’s four weeks of awe are a good place to start.” Join us as we explore the aspects of our Lord’s incarnation and stand in awe of its wonder.
The Church of Jesus Christ is unique from every other entity on the face of this earth. Unlike the organizations and social structures of humanity, the church is the living organism of God, the means He has chosen in this world to manifest and declare His glory through the gospel. The church is made up of men and women from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, called out from the world by God’s sovereign election to be His own and to bear witness to the testimony of His glory and grace.
Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her, setting the example for His followers to follow. This sacrificial love and ministry is best manifested and best carried out in the local setting of the saints gathering. To love the church is to love brothers and sisters in Christ, with whom we worship and serve and with whom we share our lives.
This short series explores the Scripture’s teachings and its application to real life for those who claim to love the church.
In His kindness, the Lord has given access to His communion with His Father just hours before His arrest and crucifixion. In so doing, we learn the things that are of great importance to Him. These matters include His desire that the Father and the Son be glorified, His disciples to be sanctified and His church to live in unity.
There is much that can be learned about a person when observing them in prayer. This short series observes Jesus, apart from the crowds, His disciples and the busyness of life. Here we observe Jesus alone with His Father, preparing for the storm of sins onslaught and the full weight of God’s wrath.
Calvary is often blessed to have men of God passing through Hot Springs who are willing to share with us from the Word of God. These are a few who joined us.
Martin Luther wrote, “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.” The desired end for this study is that the gospel, God’s revealed righteousness will grow in its preciousness to His people and that it will be nourishment for their souls.
In this brief study of Colossians we discover that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ, therefore as the Christian matures in spiritual understanding and knowledge he not only enjoys the confident expectation of what is yet to come, he also enjoys experientially all the riches of full assurance of what is true in the present, that in Christ he has been made complete.