Posts with the category “sermon-summary”
When Devotion Becomes Duty
by The Rock Fellowship on November 22nd, 2023
In the biblical narrative of Cain and Abel, we discover a profound exploration of worship—where heartfelt devotion that pleases God collides with mechanical duty, leading to sin and its consequences.
Our Prayer Life
by The Rock Fellowship on October 3rd, 2023
I invite you to contemplate a series of challenging yet introspective questions. Firstly, consider the amount of your day devoted to intentional prayer. If you were to quantify it, what percentage of your day would you allocate to prayer? Secondly, ponder your perspective on prayer—is it a dialogue with God, where you anticipate His responses, or do you perceive it as a one-way street?
My Plan in God’s Plan
by The Rock Fellowship on August 8th, 2023
Have you ever watched the show "Bridezilla"? It's all about control freaks who try to orchestrate every detail of their lives, only to realize that they can't control everything. Interestingly, we often mirror this behavior in our own lives. We act as though we're the captains of our destinies, but the truth is, we don't hold all the reins.
Judgmentalism Destroys the Body
by The Rock Fellowship on August 1st, 2023
In today's outspoken society, it's easy to believe we hold the ultimate wisdom, allowing us to pass judgment on others. Judging is making a decision and declaration. If you decide somebody looks nice and you tell then, that's a judgment. If you decide somebody is smart and you tell them, that's a judgement. So not all judgements are bad. However, James is speaking of something different. He urges against criticism and slander, actions that tear others down with harsh condemnation. Such attitudes not only condemn fellow believers but also undermine divine law.
Peace in the Body
by The Rock Fellowship on July 25th, 2023
Ever notice how disturbances indicate something's wrong? Like odd car noises signal a problem with the engine, or cracks in the wall could signal a problem with the foundation, or pain in your chest could signal something’s not right with your internal organs. Likewise, our inner battles reflect deeper issues. It's like an internal civil war, as if we're our own worst enemy.
Wisdom from Above
by The Rock Fellowship on July 18th, 2023
Ever watched those mesmerizing karate movies where each fighter's style reflects their master's teachings? In the same way, James tells us that godly wisdom is like a signature move that reveals the Master behind it. Just like MMA fighters in the ring, differentiating between worldly and godly wisdom is a match worth watching.
Control Your Tongue
by The Rock Fellowship on July 11th, 2023
Have you ever stood on a beach, watching massive cruise ships set sail from the port? It's quite a sight and gives you a true sense of their enormity. Just think, the largest cruise ship today is five times bigger than the Titanic! Yet, these colossal luxury vessels are masterfully guided by relatively small rudders. It's a striking reminder of how something seemingly insignificant can navigate something of grand proportions. This analogy mirrors the power of our tongues – though small, they wield immense influence. Consider the ripple effect of online debates or words that mend and uplift.
by The Rock Fellowship on July 4th, 2023
Let's dig into something that's right at the core of our faith journey—the connection between our beliefs and our actions. In James 2:14-26, James doesn't beat around the bush. He's waving a flag, letting us know that faith without works is like a car without an engine—it's not getting us anywhere.
A Life of Gratitude
by The Rock Fellowship on June 25th, 2023
Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and sometimes we face challenges that test our faith. It's important to realize that our problems have spiritual implications. Take the story of the ten lepers who cried out to Jesus for mercy. Their plea shows the significance of approaching difficulties with faith and humility, trusting in God's plan.
Don’t Play Favorites
by The Rock Fellowship on June 13th, 2023
Let's jump right into a thought-provoking topic that hits close to home: favorites. You know, those things we pick as security questions when setting up passwords. We all have our go-to favorites, whether it's a color, a movie, or even a song. But when the concept of favorites takes a detour from preferences and drifts into the territory of favoritism, things get a bit more complicated. In fact, favoritism can have some serious consequences, and that's exactly what James is addressing in James 2:1-13.
Uncomfortable but Necessary
by The Rock Fellowship on June 4th, 2023
In a church's life, difficult conversations are sometimes unavoidable, and church discipline is one such crucial aspect. It involves confronting sin and seeking restoration in a loving, biblical manner. Jesus' instructions in Matthew 18:15-17 guide this process, starting with private conviction and escalating if needed, all with the aim of bringing individuals back to God.
Doers, Not Just Hearers
by The Rock Fellowship on May 30th, 2023
Failing to heed instructional emails can lead to write-ups for employees. While there might be valid reasons for not receiving an email—like it getting lost in the junk folder or being sent to the wrong person—reading an email from a supervisor but downplaying its significance or choosing to ignore it is an entirely different matter. Such behavior is inexcusable and can result in significant problems.
The End of Trials
by The Rock Fellowship on May 23rd, 2023
The book of James offers enduring wisdom for navigating something that everybody will experience—life’s trials. James 1:1-18 urges us to see trials not as setbacks, but as opportunities for spiritual growth.
In Jesus' Name: A Christ-Centered Approach to Prayer
by The Rock Fellowship on March 19th, 2023
Praying in Jesus' name goes beyond a mere phrase; it's about aligning our prayers with God's will and mission. In the Gospel of John, Jesus asserts His divinity and performs miraculous signs to validate His claim as the Messiah. Praying in Jesus' name means representing Him on Earth and seeking to reveal the Father's love and bring Him glory.
Revelation > Vision
by The Rock Fellowship on January 29th, 2023
In a world where personal ambitions often take precedence, divine revelation holds greater value than human vision. Divine revelation offers insights beyond human comprehension, surpassing self-created goals. Ignoring it can lead to moral decay and confusion, as seen in the story of the Israelites in the book of Judges.
Truth and Politics
by The Rock Fellowship on November 8th, 2022
The passage highlights Jesus’ Kingdom of truth, emphasizing the significance of adhering to God’s absolute truth over emotions and societal norms. Jesus clarifies that His Kingdom’s power comes from Heaven, operating by a different set of rules.