This morning’s lesson comes from Luke 9, and reminds us to consider the living the life of a Christian may not always be easy, but it will be worth it.
In tonight’s lesson, we take a step back and let God’s remind us who our Savior is and what he has done for us.
God created human beings special. We are created in His image and God has desired to have communion with us since creation. When we gave up that communion, God put into motion his plan to redeem us, ultimately finding its fulfillment in Christ Jesus.
I am certainly not the first, neither will I be the last person to make a vision pun in this new year of 2020. I can’t even promise that this will be these last time I will make such a reference over the next 12 months. I can say for certain that I think having a clearer spiritual vision could be an excellent goal for each and every Christian as we traverse this new journey around our sun.
If we are going to have clearer vision in 2020, we must have our eyes fixed in the right direction. We are all running this race called life, and if we want to run with endurance, we must have our eyes trained on what we are running toward. The writer of Hebrews wrote that “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to (fixing our eyes on) Jesus, the founder and perfected of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2a). If we are going to run this race, we must keep our eyes on the one who goes before us, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Clearer vision in 2020 will requires us to have a heavenly focus. Paul wrote to the church in Colossae to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” While there are things on earth that require our attention (work, school, family, health, etc.), our ultimate focus must be on those things which have an eternal purpose, rather than a temporal one.
If we hope to have clearer vision in 2020, then it will require us to have adequate light in our lives. You can’t see properly when in the dark, but shed some light on the situation, and all things will become much clearer. The Psalmist wrote that the Word of God is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). There is simply no substitute for regular Bible reading and study. It is God’s light for our lives in a world that is full of darkness. If we take it and use it, we will have light for our path, and we will be able to see more clearly in the year ahead.
May we all strive to have clearer vision in 2020 through fixing our eyes on Jesus, focusing on heavenly things, and letting the light of God’s word illuminate our path.
As we conclude our walk with kings in the month of December, we will take some time to consider our Savior Jesus Christ, who was “born king of the Jews.”
As we prepare to go out into our community and spread the gospel, we are able to find some encouragement in the word of Jesus in the parable of the Sower. For our lesson, we look at Mark’s account of the parable in Mark 4:1-20.
The mission of the church is to carry the gospel to the world. As we think about fulfilling the great commission, we consider some lessons we can learn from our savior about reaching out to others.
As we prepare to talk about worship in giving next Sunday, we take a few minutes this morning to talk about what God has given us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“I am ready to accept that Jesus of Nazareth was a good moral teacher, but I cannot believe that he was the son of God.” How many times have Christians heard such a statement? So, just who is Jesus? It’s an important question. As we study, we find out what the Bible teaches about this very question, and even find that there is a fundamental problem with the idea Jesus being either a good moral teacher or the Son of God.