The final Sunday in the Ask series. Nick and Brad answer texted questions from the audience. Finally, we’re encouraged to doubt or doubts, rest in the Lord, and let God guide us.
Our view of money reveals our true heart condition. All too often our heart is consumed with acquiring wealth and not with generous giving. Nick gives insight as to how we can worship with our wealth instead of worshiping wealth. If our heart has truly been changed by the gospel, by what God has given us in his Son, we will give and give generously.
Our identity is incredibly important to us. As sinners, we can easily identify ourselves with things lesser than the cross of Christ. Rather than defining ourselves by our sexuality, we are called to realize our place in Christ Jesus and honor him with how we live.
Pain and suffering are very real parts of everyday life. How we view God dictates much of our response to suffering. Nick offers four pillars that when used as framework through which to view suffering can reassure us in the goodness and love of God.
The sovereignty of God is a weighty topic to tackle. We look at the Scriptures and find some verses to be at odds with each other. It is easier to read these Scriptures with an understanding of both God’s revealed will and his secret will. Ultimately, we do have to crawl up this theological mountain of sovereignty, believing we will have a better view, love and understanding of Jesus with each step.
We took a break from ASK to install Joel as a pastor and celebrate baptisms! Hear Joel’s story, as well as the call God has made for us to be folded into his story.
What should the average Christian’s involvement in politics look like? The basic level of involvement is prayer for our leaders. We should pray with thanksgiving for our leaders that they would be able to lead with a heart of joy. Our second responsibility is to lead a peaceful life and to not seek to harm leaders who hold opposing positions. The Gospel call for unity in Christ extends to the role of politics, but Christ must still be the center. When we are personally united and transformed by the Gospel we will see transformation in our nation and world.
We have many questions about the bible. It is good to ask questions and investigate why we can trust the reliability of scripture. Ultimately, we must love the scriptures because they are about Jesus, and we must love that they have authority, because we love the one with all authority, Jesus.
We can describe the Trinity shortly as “one God who eternally exists as three distinct persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” There is a divine dance going on within the Trinity. To begin to understand the Trinity, we must first be found in Christ, and then enter into this dance. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together, experiencing great joy that we are offered to participate in with them.
If we are in Christ, we are adopted into the family of God the Father. Romans 8 gives us assurance of this adoption, telling us that we are heirs with Christ and can call out to Abba, our Father. The Spirit assures us of our adoption and inheritance that is to come.