This song will focus us on God’s Power, God’s Faithfulness, and God’s Word as the important things to focus on and put our faith in through Jesus, instead of all that distracts us in the world.
Join us for a new sermon series which explores the time between when Jesus rose and when He ascended!
- “On the Road Again” — The Road to Emmaus
- “Peek-a-Boo!” — Jesus appears to 10 of the disciples on the evening of Resurrection day
- “Hole-ly Skepticism” — Thomas sees, and believes
- “Fishers’ Tale” — Jesus appears on the shore and shows the coast of following Him
- “Go Time!” — Jesus commissions His disciples, including us
- “Look! Up in the Sky!” — Jesus ascends, but there’s still work to do
We hope you’ll join us!
Christians are called to be different. Different in what we say. Different in what we do. Different even in the way we think and approach things!
That doesn’t come easily or even naturally! In fact, if left to ourselves, it doesn’t come to us at all! But through faith in Jesus, God has transformed us – changed us fundamentally – into that difference!
Now, as ones who are transformed, we can be the change the world needs by sharing the change Jesus is!
Have you ever wondered what some of the terms pastor sometimes uses mean? Or maybe you wondered about events in Church history, or certain doctrines.
Now’s your time to ask!
Sunday, February 7, is “Ask the Pastor” Sunday!
Submit your questions on the LifeBridge Facebook page here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, February 4, and he will answer them during worship. (If there’s time, he’ll also answer questions from the floor.
All the questions you were afraid to ask – until now!
Submit your questions and join us!
Here are the questions submitted and which will be discussed in today’s message.
|What does “eschatology”/”eschatological” mean?|
|What does “adoption” mean in relation to the Church?|
|What does “epiphany” mean?|
|What does “pentecost” mean?|
|Why is Lent 40 days?|
|What do the advent candles mean?|
|Why are there five Sundays in advent?|
|What does “tithe” mean?|
|What does “justification” mean?|
|What does “sanctification” mean?|
|What is “the eucharist” and what does it mean?|
|In Acts 16:31, Paul and Silas tell the jailer at Philippi that what he must do to be saved is “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household”.|
Was his whole household saved because he believed?
|The son born to David and Bathsheba was stricken ill (by God?) and died.|
Couldn’t God have caused other consequences to David’s sin besides the death of an innocent child?
|Can you explain more of what the Lutheran understanding and response is to “decision” as it pertains to salvation and how does it relate to being “born again” as introduced by Jesus himself? How is being born again different, and is it necessary for salvation? Jesus says that we cannot enter into his kingdom (faith as a little child) “unless ye be born again”…. John Wesley spoke of feeling “strangely warmed” once by the Holy Spirit. St. Paul was born again through his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. I guess we shouldn’t rely too much on our own feelings and emotions, but on the other hand, an encounter with the Holy Spirit is worthy of joy. I guess I’m asking what does “born again” mean?|
|How do dinosaurs fit in the Bible?|
|Can you go to heaven without being baptized?|
|Can you explain the timeline of Satan’s fall? In Job, scripture talks about Satan having access to God and yet, he caused the temptation of Eve in Genesis. Job was after Adam and Eve and yet, he apparently had access to God at this time; so at what point was Satan cast out of heaven?|
|I still have a lot of difficulty with Judges 19:22-30. I understand there were a lot of differences between culture of that time period and today’s. But living during a time of grace versus the time period between the Exodus and Samuel, I just cannot understand throwing someone outside to violent men, knowing that she would be treated very violently. Help!|
|What’s the difference in struggling with a sin and “living in sin”?|
|THE HOLY SPIRIT:|
1. How do you know He is alive?
2. How is He working in our lives?
3. How do I know when He is working in me?
4. How do I know when He is speaking to me?
|How many LCMS churches are non-traditional like LifeBridge?|
|I need to understand what James means by faith without works is dead. (James 2) It’s almost as if he says that we must have works for salvation. It comes off as if he and Paul (Romans 3) are contradicting or not agreeing with each other I know I’m missing something here.|
True freedom is found in Jesus. But one who truly follows Jesus is careful in the exercising of that freedom.
We are free to serve!
This seems like a dichotomy, yet it is a central tenant of Faith. That’s because we realize that “it’s not about us!” We live and die for Jesus because He lived and died for us! We live and die for others because He lived and died for us!
It’s about Jesus and others!
We are here to live, love, and serve.
So may we exercise our true freedom wisely and in the fear of the Lord!
We get pulled all over the place. Our attention, our finances, our devotion, our time, and our energy. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done – and there doesn’t ever seem to be an end in sight to that.
God certainly doesn’t want us to ignore the needs of our family or others in our devotion and work for Him. Rather, by being devoted to Him, we show our love for others. Even better than being and example for our families and others is for them to come along with us, too!
That is devotion that’s good for everyone!
God knows us better than we know ourselves. Every scary, unsavory, terrible bit! And He calls us anyway to “follow Him,” – just as we are!
But just because He accepts and Calls us as we are, doesn’t mean we get to stay who we are! He Calls us as we are – to become more like Him!
That means often putting aside what we want and living the way He wants. That’s a true Calling! That’s true freedom! That’s true joy!
May you be comforted in the Lord’s acceptance of you, Call to you, and growth for you in Jesus!
If we want to be more like Jesus, we need to act more like Jesus.
One of the primary things that Jesus did was to be in His Father’s House (i.e., “in church”) and in The Word (i.e., “the Bible”). If we are to grow “in wisdom and stature” and in our love of the Lord and in deeds that please Him, we need to do the same by seeking His Word and His presence.
May we commit to that this 2021 and beyond!
The coming, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus completed and pulled together all of History! His coming reminds us that God fulfills His promises and, more specifically, fulfilled His promise of One who would be “His salvation,” “a Light to the Gentiles,” and the “glory of His people, Israel!” He is the One! He completes us and all that we need! Praise the Lord!