The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
It’s clear from a passage like John 3:30-36 that the Christian faith and life are all about Jesus! Salvation, life, eternal happiness, wisdom, grace – all these things are tied to Him and come to us from Him. That’s why we ended last time with John’s words in Jn 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease!” That simple statement gives us the core truth for all Christian living and daily sanctification. There must be “more of Jesus and less of me” in me each day!
So how are you doing with that? At home? At work? Online? Have you seen your need for more of Him? Are you looking to Him for what He alone can supply, so that you are seeking Him daily and consciously walking in His grace! That is the Christian life! It is a life that is more and more oriented to Jesus, more and more filled with Him and satisfied in Him as we draw life from Him the way a branch draws its life and fruitfulness from the vine! (John 15)
And so this morning we want to see how it all comes down to Christ alone! As Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” May all see Him!
Two things I need to remind you of as we gather for worship this morning
First, I want to remind you that we’ll be taking a love offering for our friends John and Joyce Parker. As most of you have heard, John has been forced to step down from the church he was pastoring. As a result they will not only lose his income, but also the home (parsonage) where they and their seven children have been living. This offering will help them get through this transition. Second, remember that at the end of today’s services we’ll be asking you to affirm three men, Greg Chastain, Mark Stoner and Brad Tompkins for deacon service.
May the Lord, who is our help, give us wisdom and grace in every endeavor!
Pastor S. Scott Lee