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Our passage this morning is 1 John 4:7-12 and wastes no time getting to the Big Idea of the text which is:
Love One Another.
(1) God is Love (1 John 4:7-8)
(2) God manifests Love (1 John 4:9-10)
(3) God perfects love (1 John 4:11-12).
Citylight’s very own Nick Dastolfo starts right at the beginning and works our way through the text, verse by verse.
In reflection upon our last year in the Gospel of John, Pastor Matt walks us through Psalm 51 and the BIG IDEA: Come to the Lord for complete cleansing. Now, how do we do that? Psalm guides us through four:
1. Approach the Lord on the basis of His love and mercy
2. Admit your sin honestly to the Lord
3. Ask the Lord to renew and restore your heart
4. Live in the joy of your salvation
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A Commentary on the Psalms (Volume 2) by Alan Ross
Psalms 1-72: An Introduction and Commentary by Derek Kidner
ESV Study Bible
- You are a new creation
- You’re an ambassador
- You’re the righteousness of God
2 Corinthians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture, by David E. Garland
Big Idea: Jesus is our great High Priest. So what?
- So hold fast to your confession.
- So remember His sympathy.
- So draw near to the throne.
Hebrews by F.F. Bruce
Wonderful Works of God by Herman Bavinck
This week, Pastor Paul teaches us how to Hope in the Glory that Awaits You.
1. Groan longingly in suffering
2. Wait expectantly for glory
- The Message of Romans, John Stott
- Epistle to the Romans, John Murray
- “The Christian Life: Suffering Unto Glory,” Lane Tipton
- “The Glory of the Groan,” Robert Smith, Jr.
- “The Freedom of the Glory of the Children of God (8:18-21),” John Piper
- “The Redemption of Our Bodies (8:22-25),” John Piper
Near the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew 5, Jesus describes the life of the Christian, the one who lives according for the kingdom of Heaven as salt and light. But, followers of Christ are not to live their lives for their own glory, but in order that others might glorify God as a result of their lives.
The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament), by RT France
Matthew: An Expositional Commentary by RC Sproul
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The big idea is, pour it all out for Jesus. And we’re going to see how this woman, first, boldly fought for nearness to Christ, then, how she gave Jesus absolutely all she had to give, and finally, how her action points to the good news of Jesus’s death on the cross for our sins. So, pour it all out for Jesus. How do we do that? We fight for nearness, give all you have to give, and remember the gospel.
The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord
The big idea of our passage this morning is: we become what we behold. Based on Jared Mellinger’s book Think Again, Pastor Matt looks at five areas of life where the gospel frees us from beholding ourselves so that we can behold Christ and become more like Him: identity, self-esteem, doubt, goodness, and confession.
Think Again: Relief From the Burden of Introspection by Jared MellingerRead sermon transcript
The big idea of our passage: plant yourself in the Bible in 2021. As strong as our longing may be to experience the fullness of joy in 2021, we all can use a little motivation to plant ourselves in the Bible this year. Psalm 1 provides that for us. Why should we plant ourselves in the Bible in 2021? Psalm 1 provides three reasons: 1. You’ll be happier. 2. You’ll be more stable. 3. You’ll stand in the judgment.
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After beginning his ministry in Galilee, Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth and proclaims the good news of grace. In a shocking turn of events, his hometown friends run him out of town and reveal the offense of grace.
Luke 1:1-9:50, Baker Exegetical Commentary by Darrell Bock
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As we near the end of 2020, we are all in desperate need for rest. It’s only in Jesus, our gentle and lowly Savior, that we’ll find the rest we’re longing for.
Hosea 11:7-9 reveal to us that despite their sin, God is compassionate towards his people. While they are bent towards turning away from the Lord, the heart of God is bent towards compassion towards his people not wrath.
Like most New Year’s resolution, the great challenge of the Christian faith is not motivation to start, but endurance to finish. And that brings us to the big idea of our passage this morning: run with endurance in 2020. Run the race of faith with endurance this year so that you will experience the eternal joy of finishing well. As Hebrews 12:1 says: let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Our passage this morning provides us with three keys to running with endurance: (1) Listen to the witnesses, (2) Lay aside weights and sins, and (3) Look to Jesus.
Looking Back to Witnesses, Up to Jesus, and Forward to Joy
Word Biblical Commentary by Law
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We all want to live a life of permanent happiness, yet we are unsure how to get there.
We all want to live a life of permanent happiness, yet we are unsure how to get there. Psalm 1 shows us that the keys to a blessed life are 1) To be Planted in the word of God and 2) to be known by the Lord.
Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
In Hebrews 12:1-2, we are exhorted to run with endurance after Jesus, laying aside anything that would hold us back, knowing that Jesus has not only run the race before us, but finished it on our behalf.
Hebrews, William Lane
The Epistle to the Hebrews, Paul Ellingworth
The Epistle to the Hebrews, FF Bruce
“Running With the Witnesses,” John Piper
Jesus’ attractively different community seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness in all their decisions.
Marriage is one mortal life fully shared between a man and a woman in order to tell the story of Christ and the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel by Ray Ortlund Jr.
Ephesians For You by Richard Coekin
In this sermon we look at a pivotal passage in the history of redemption that signals God’s heart for the nations of the world to be blessed through his people in the Messiah.
Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God (long and scholarly treatment of mission in the Bible)
John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad (accessible and inspiring introduction to global missions)
Like Jesus’s disciples, we face storms in life. Our temptation is to interpret storms as a sign that God does not care for us. On the contrary, the gospel produces in us an awe of God that can drive out fear in the midst of storms.
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*I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Paul Tripp’s sermons and writings on this passage. Dr. Tripp has provided key interpretive and applicational insights without which this sermon would not have been possible.
The New Testament calls Christians ‘exiles,’ those who live in a kingdom not their own. Isaiah 40 is written to encourage exiles like us to depend on the Lord for strength as we await our future hope.
ESV Study Bible Notes – Isaiah – by Ray Orlund Jr.
New International Commentary of the Old Testament – Isaiah – by John Oswalt
The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary by J. Alec Motyer
Jesus tells us that the most important thing in life is to love God with all of who we are. How do we actually grow in love for God?
1 John 4:10
New American Commentary, 1 John by Daniel Akin
What is love? John Piper
Our problem isn’t that we are too busy, but that we are often busy with the wrong things. In Mark 1:35-41, we learn from Jesus about having our priorities determined by our calling.