We can be foolish with what God entrusts to us, or we can trust him, do our best, and anticipate that day when he will commend us for being wise and faithful.
Forgiving others requires uncommon sacrifice, but God’s love and care for us strengthens us for the task and is reflected in us when we forgive those who have sinned against us.
Rather than focusing on our own often misplaced goals, Jesus calls us to act within the authority God gives us and the vulnerability that is inherent to our lives. Essentially, this surrender is an acknowledgement that Jesus is the Savior, but that he also calls us to serve and suffer with him for the sake of his kingdom.
God intends for us to thrive, but it can only be experienced in knowing him and his grace. This amazing grace establishes our new identity, and God’s truth reveals our vulnerability and helps us embrace fulfilling life in Christ together with the costs of following him.
Being salt and light in a dark world means engaging in life with the people around us. Guest speaker, Frank Figueroa Jr., pastor of Waipio Grace Brethren Church, shares from Matthew 5.
Where does our comfort come from? Jesus stepped into the nightmare of sin and death to fulfill his purpose to save us from both. Only in him and through him do we find comfort and hope over death and hell.
Those who have experienced the forgiveness of God through Jesus have been given the authority and responsibility to extend that same forgiveness to others. This forgiveness among the people of God becomes practice for communicating that same forgiveness to a desperate world.
It is absolutely essential to the church’s mission that we understand who Jesus is and how he changes the world. If we are to have a part in the kingdom we must choose our side deliberately and remain focused on him.