Part of being a meaningful member of the church is learning to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. This is an aspect of how we love one another and bear one another’s burdens. It sounds easy to rejoice but when we really think about it, our selfishness and pride prevents us from truly being happy for others. We also, as Christians, struggle to comfort those who weep. Listen to this sermon for more.
Listen to this sermon out of Isaiah to get a contextual understanding of the promise to the Israelites of the virgin giving birth to our Savior.
Children truly are a heritage to the Lord and the church has an immense responsibility to raise them in the instruction and discipline of the Lord. This involves teaching our children. This involves sacrifice on the part of parents and the members of the church. Too often, children’s programs in churches and even Christian parents find themselves believing that as long as children are at church or that they have made a profession of faith that they have achieved their goal. Our kids don’t just need to be at church. They need to know the Lord and to be disciplined so they may know how to follow Him in life.
God seeks unity in his church. This is a strange concept for many in the American church. Many churches are plagued with divisions and quarrels arising from the selfishness and sin present in all men. Jesus prayed for the church to be unified in John 17. Paul consistently urged churches to be unified and like minded. It is time for the local church to realize that the common desire for unity among God’s people is something that is good for the church (Psalm 133) but more importantly, it is something that magnifies who God is to the world. Listen to this sermon for more.