Key Verse Proverbs 4:5. A review of the whole study of Genesis, a book that can give us a lot of wisdom and understanding of the things of this world and our relationship with God.
The paradox of finding Beauty from Pain using Rich’s own experiences as well as Paul’s.
Jack and Keiko share about being content in everyday life.
34th Anniversary of Osaka International Church. The role of Pastoral Assistants is explained based on Biblical references and in light of the ministry and organization of OIC.
“Salvation from sin is found only through faith in Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.”
We can be honest with God, even when we are upset or angry. There is great joy in knowing God is with us when we face troubles. When we ask God to take care of troubles we release them to Him.
“John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was still in the womb. And John became a great man of God with an extraordinary ministry”
Three instances in Mathew concerning doubt, what was doubted, and how to combat these doubts in our lives.
Look at the different responses of Zachariah and Mary when visited by the angel Gabriel. “Perhaps you are more able to identify with Zechariah and his questions rather than with Mary’s simple faith…But be reassured, the promises of God will not fail.”
Mary trusted in the Lord completely and was willing to do whatever the Lord asked of her. She was a true servant of the Lord. Mary’s faith does not seem to depend on what the Lord does; her faith rests in her confidence of the loving character of God.
Zechariah prophesied about the coming of Jesus and the ministry of his own son, John. John prepared the way for the coming of Christ Jesus, the King. Let us prepare our hearts for the wonderful celebration of the coming of Christ.
Jesus, the Son of God and God the Son came and lived among us, fully experiencing the human condition. He ultimately gave the greatest demonstration of love in the history of the world, death on the cross for our sakes. He is truly the Savior of the whole world.
Jesus is Good News. And Christmas is the celebration of the Good News of His coming. Like the shepherds, let’s go and tell others the Good News.
While we are thankful for the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, the full joy of Christmas is Jesus here with us now. Jesus is Lord and God; He is Immanuel, God with us.
There is a great deal of testimony and evidence concerning Jesus. We look closely at the testimony of Simeon and Anna in this message.
Jesus lived in submission to his parents, yet fulfilled the His mission as the Lamb of God in the fullness of time.
John the Baptist was a radical man with a radical message; you must repent and be baptised. John was imprisoned by Herod and eventually killed. But he is alive forever in heaven with the Lord. The message is still the same for people today. “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Since ancient times, the church has considered the teaching of the Trinity to be so important that any group which rejects the teaching of the Trinity is considered to have departed from true Christianity. This is stated in creeds accepted by the three major branches of Christianity, Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic.
Jesus did not come to make us more comfortable; He came to give us the gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We need to know the Scriptures so that we can understand the purposes of God and so that we can resist the devil’s temptations. God will not abandon us in our time of testing, but He will be there with us, watching over us and at the right time He will provide comfort and help.
Jesus would not be the Messiah of just the Jews; He would be the Messiah of all people, just as God had already shown in the Old Testament by blessing foreigners with miracles and grace through the prophet Elijah and Elisha. We all need restoration, healing, and new life. Jesus offers all of these things freely to those who repent of their sins and call on His name.