Articles Tagged 'Sacrifice'

The Way of Jesus #5: Because of Love

Why would the sinless Son give himself, surrender his life and his dignity, to save those who were ungodly, helpless, sinners, and enemies of God?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that Jesus gave his life for us because of his love for us and his unwillingness to leave us in sin and how his love defined

The Way of Jesus #2: Unsettling the Religious Status Quo

We must always remember that God's love for broken people and our call to his mission must matter most.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the deadly consequences of a religion that forgets the love of God for broken people and the mission Jesus has for us to the lost world and helped define the way of Jesus through the cross to the empty tomb.

Surely!

A hardened elite soldier in Rome's army comes face-to-face with the Son of God.

Phil Ware looks at the Centurions in the New Testament and reminds us that they often believed in Jesus, and one in particular, can lead us to Jesus, the cross, and our salvation.

One-way Missionaries

They took a coffin, which they packed with their belongings, along with a one-way ticket.

Bruce Logue reminds us that people still do pick up their cross and follow Jesus and the Lord uses them to make an eternal difference!

The Divine Order of Love

Before Jesus, the word 'agape' didn't mean anything special. It was a sloppy word for 'love' pretty much like our English word 'love' as we use it today.

Phil Ware reminds us where the word 'agape' really gets its meaning, in what God did for us in Jesus and that we must love God first if we are to love others properly.

More than God's Whisper Inviting Us Out of Flatland

How could God help us understand his faithful love for us, yet demonstrate his desire for us to live in our world with his righteous character and gracious compassion?

James Nored and Phil Ware share the meaning of Jesus' incarnation in word and video using a simple but powerful allegory.

Unlikely Heroes Who Sacrifice

Their flesh yearned for a mighty conqueror who would slay their enemies. Jesus made it clear that he would not be that kind of hero!

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of that inner part of us that still bears the stamp of God's divine nature, the part that is touched by stories of self-sacrifice.

ToGather: iBELIEVE! (November 1, 2020)

Believing in God's faithfulness can be hard in difficult seasons and during those times, we need to look to Jesus for help and say, 'Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.'

Demetrius Collins & Phil Ware lead through worship in song, the Lord's Supper, a powerful message from God's word about committing to believe even when our challenges are difficult and life is hard, along with a closing blessing for worship from home with

ToGather: Beyond a Sagging Roof! (October 18, 2020)

We are broken vessels, saved by grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make a difference in our broken world with the grace that we have received.

Demetrius Collins & Phil Ware lead through worship in song, the Lord's Supper, a powerful message from God's word about not being lazy and neglectful of the opportunities God has given us to lead others to Jesus, along with a closing blessing for worship

ToGather: The Good Shepherd (October 11, 2020)

Imagine the audacity of Jesus to identify himself as the LORD, our shepherd, the one David praises in Psalm 23 as well the God of deliverance who identified himself to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3!

Demetrius Collins & Phil Ware lead through worship in song, the Lord's Supper, a powerful message from God's word about Jesus our good shepherd, along with a closing blessing for worship from home with family and friends in a meaningful way.

ToGather: The End of the Law? (October 4, 2020)

As we join together to honor Jesus as our Christ and Lord, we can lay every burden down and rejoice in the grace God has lavished upon us.

Demetrius Collins & Phil Ware lead through worship in song, the Lord's Supper, a powerful message from God's word, and a closing blessing for worship from home with family and friends in a meaningful way - we can be assured our righteous was purchased by

We All Need Jesus!

Because we could not be

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that we all needed Jesus' redemptive death on the cross so we could find new life in the grace of God.

What Is Core: Loving

Core to following Jesus is becoming like God in offering love, first.

Phil Ware continues his series on what is core and focuses on love and what it is and how Jesus and God demonstrate it.

Beyond Religious Places, Practices, and Rituals

We must always remember that God's love for broken people and our call to his mission must matter most.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the deadly consequences of a religion that forgets the love of God for broken people and mission Jesus has for us to the lost world.

Truly See the Coming King

See the King headed to a cross, the foal of a donkey, and a formerly blind man who followed along the way.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that many were blind to Jesus as the Messiah because he refused to be the kind of Messiah they expected; he was the upside down Messiah.

The Upside-Down Messiah

As much as we don't want to admit it, we often miss the way of the upside down Messiah as badly as his first disciples.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us in word and video how upside down Jesus' values are to the way we often do things in our world and in our churches.

In His Steps to Share His Light

Jesus went up on the mountain and taught his followers to live the good life, to live as Jesus did!

Phil Ware and James Nored, through word and video, remind us of our need to return to the Jesus-styled kind of life.

Because of Love

Why did Jesus have to go to the cross and die?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that Jesus gave his life for us because of his love for us and his unwillingness to leave us in sin.

Seed, Towel, Promise, and Torchlight: The Towel

The hands that would soon be nailed to a cross now reached for a towel to serve those that would abandon him while he hung on that cross, alone!

Phil Ware continues his series on Seed, Towel, Promise, and Torchlight focusing on common elements in our world, our lives, that Jesus used to join our hearts to his love.

Leave, Go, and Bless

As Abraham showed us, God's greatest promises often come packaged as our greatest sacrifices, hardest challenges, and longest journeys.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of God's incredible journey of redemption and how Abraham was the one who began this journey demonstrating great faith when he followed God for a destination he did not yet know.

Worthy!

How can I take this bread and wine as someone worthy?

Phil Ware reminds us that we share in The Supper, not because we are worthy of Jesus' sacrifice, but because we've been made worthy by his sacrifice!

You’re Not Getting Older, You’re Getting Closer!

Why feel this kind of urgency? Why not think about retirement and enjoying my... ?

At the beginning of the New Year, and the beginning of his new year of living, Phil Ware challenges us to be more like Jesus, especially in the way he loves people.

More than Just God's Whisper

How could God help us understand his faithful love for us, yet demonstrate his desire for us to live in our world with his righteous character and gracious compassion?

James Nored and Phil Ware share the meaning of Jesus' incarnation in word and video using a simple but powerful allegory.

Unlikely Heroes

Their flesh yearned for a mighty conqueror who would slay their enemies. Jesus made it clear to Peter that he was not that kind of hero!

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of that inner part of us that still bears the stamp of God's divine nature, the part that is touched by stories of self-sacrifice.

We All Need Jesus!

Because we could not be

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that we all needed Jesus' redemptive death on the cross so we could find new life in the grace of God.