Greater News - Growing In The Gospel Each Day

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we looked at the “Greater News" of the Gospel (contrasted with all of the other news and information that infiltrates our minds on a daily basis). The Gospel is not just the message we believe in order to gain salvation, it is the basis of our eternal fellowship with God. As such, it is not simply good news to be believed in order to become a Christian, it is the good news to be received and believed every day of our lives. 

In the sermon, we began to explore the question of how to live each day in light of the good news of the gospel. The main idea was that we need to preach the gospel to ourselves daily, rather than simply listening to the default thoughts served up to us by the world or by our own minds. Years ago, Jerry Bridges wrote a helpful article called “Gospel Driven Sanctification” that dives deeper into this idea. I trust you will find it encouraging and helpful as you seek to grow as a “preacher” of the gospel who will be called to the task of declaring (and believing) gospel glories every day!  

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God’s Glory and the Psalms

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend, as we explored the glory of God in our “Greater” series, we spoke about the many competitors to God’s glory seeking to capture our affections. This world is constantly advertising its “glories” before us, offering joy, hope and purpose through products, relationships, experiences, vacations, careers, and a myriad of things. Worshiping God in His glory begins with seeing Him as glorious. The battle is first to behold, and then to believe, so that we can respond to His glory is soul-satisfying worship. The progression of these words was presented an illustration we will use throughout this series:

One place where we see this progression illustrated at the level of personal worship is in the Psalms. The Psalms are filled with individuals who are struggling to see God in the midst of their circumstances. But the Psalms are about movement - moving toward God, fighting to see truth and His glory in the midst of a world that hinders our sight, and then grabbing hold of those glimpses of truth and glory with tenacious faith. As the Psalmist does this, they always walk away responding to those truths in worship. In the Psalms, God “meets us where we are at, and takes us where we need to go…”  So if you are seeking some biblical fuel to help you behold the glory of God in your own personal worship this week, here are a few Psalms you might consider. We covered these Psalms in a summer preaching series a few years ago that can be found here:

 
  • Psalm 36 - God’s Faithfulness
  • Psalm 73 - Eternal Mindset
  • Psalm 62 - Trusting God 
  • Psalm 32 & 52 - Repentance & Forgiveness 
  • Psalm 42 & 43 - Depression & Discouragement 
  • Psalm 46 - Quieting our Fears
  • Psalm 139 - God’s Presence and Intimacy 

- Jason

God’s Glory and the Cosmos

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we began our series titled “Greater” by looking at the (greater) glory of God, and how only His glory will truly captivate our soul’s yearning to worship. Because God is glorious, that which He created reflects His glory (Psalm 19:1). This means we have His fingerprints all around us, to be discovered and seen on a daily basis. Sometimes that glory is easy to see, such as in the beauty of a sunset or the night sky filled with stars. Sometimes there are greater glimpses of glory when we look a little deeper. I saw this video several months ago which tries to capture the magnitude and size of our solar system - and since Pluto and the Sun were the main characters in an illustration this weekend, I thought this glimpse into “size” as it pertains to space might help expand our minds when it comes to the grandeur (glory) of the God who created it all. May this illustration (helping us behold) be met with faith (what we believe), so that it might fuel response (worship). 

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”  Genesis 1:1

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible...“ Hebrews 11:3

Enjoy…

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