"Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."
A day of covenanting together as brothers and sisters in Christ, his body. Thanks for the special message from Pastor Leo Endel. Let's be a people serving one another without hypocrisy with our unique gifts from the Spirit, being transformed into life with Christ and dying to self with him in his death.
Wives model in a unique way what is expected of the entire church.
Be controlled by God's Spirit dwelling in you: singing and speaking truth to one another, giving thanks to God in everything, and exhibiting a spirit of surrender.
O church, arise, and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain.
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth,
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies.
An army bold, whose battle cry is love,
Reaching out to those in darkness.
Don't be deceived by the fleeting pleasures of sin, but let your search for pleasure be satisfied in what is good, just, and true, that which pleases God.
No inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Be imitators of God by loving others as Christ sacrificially loved us.
A tremendous thanks to our brother Sean who taught us what it looks like to be molded into a new person who looks like Christ.
As we trust in Christ we put behind us our former way of life and are clothed with a new self, the righteousness of Christ. In this new life we show the world what God is like as image bearers!
Jesus said, "I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it." Amazingly, he has chosen to build his church through the church. Every believer is an important part of the body with a purpose of serving the rest of the body so together we can flourish in love.
Jesus descended from his glorious throne to become one of us in order to bring us to the Father. How will we descend into the lives of others to lift them out of their sin into eternal hope?
What wondrous love is this that our families, marriages, and church can display the beauty of God's perfect unity in his Trinitarian diversity!
We are only able to walk in humble, patient obedience together after soaking in the great truths of God's glorious salvation.
God is not asleep. He intentionally guides us into difficulty to purge us from the things in this world that cause us to fear.
This message was first preached at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis before adapting it for Redemption City Church.
At this turning point in the letter we step back and take a look at the big picture of God'd glorious reconciling work.
The resurrection is the source of all our future hope.
When our King returns will you be found only praising him with your lips? Or will your heart rejoice overflowing in praise from your mouth?
 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)