The Risen Life

Scripture Text: Colossians 3:1–5

Through Christ's death, you are redeemed from sin and death, raised to an imperishable life you cannot yet perceive in yourselves except through faith.

Faith Is the Victory

Scripture Text: 1 John 5:4–5

We do not have to win any battles, but only to keep the victory that has already been won, by holding onto faith in Christ and his cross.

Fellowship with the Weak

Scripture Text: Matthew 22:14

To keep company with the "weak Christ" is the highest wisdom on earth, and a second is like it, to bear with his weak followers, the church.

Known by the Shepherd

Scripture Text: John 10:14

The true church is not known by its government or its name but because it is known by its Shepherd and knows him, having faith in him alone.

Believing through the Spirit

Scripture Text: 1 John 5:1

Scripture teaches that we cannot be saved by our own works, but through hearing and believing by the power of his Spirit that Jesus is the Christ .

Raised to New Life

Scripture Text: Colossians 3:1–4

There is a great Day coming when we will be raised bodily from the dead, but in the meantime, we are being raised spiritually into a better existence.

An Everlasting Covenant

Scripture Text: Isaiah 55:3

Christ cannot remain in death — although he may suffer death by reason of his human nature — yet he must of his own power rise from the dead.

Believing the Judgment

Scripture Text: John 16:8–11

The world, seeing no wrong with itself, does not receive one part of Christ's word, reproval, and so, seeing no need of it, cannot receive his grace.

The Righteousness of Christians

Scripture Text: John 16:8–10

Christ is the righteousness of Christians before God, going to the Father, that is, suffering and rising for us, and thereby reconciling us to the Father.

Contending for the Sheep

Scripture Text: Ezekiel 34:1–2

The role of the pastor or shepherd is to feed the sheep, and to protect them from all evil, which begins and ends with proper feeding from the Word.

Be Certain

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:10–11

Be careful that what you hear from the pulpit is the sure Word of God instead of those doctrines that suit a pastor's or denomination's agenda.

No Trifling Matter

Scripture Text: Luke 24:36

We are not to trifle with the Scriptures, else there would then be no reliable and permanent foundation whereon the conscience may rely.

The Mind of Faith

Scripture Text: Luke 24:26–27

Only devout, childlike people may grasp and understand the Bible, those who say by God's grace that because he has said it, then they do believe it.

Dear Brothers

Scripture Text: John 20:17

It is not enough to know the historical fact of Jesus, but to also know that he calls us dear brothers, infusing his own righteousness and glory into us who believe.


Scripture Text: John 20:19

It is comforting to hear Jesus tell us that his Father is also our Father, for as Jesus returns to him, we too, will one day ascend to our God in heaven.

My Father and Your Father

Scripture Text: John 20:16–17

It is comforting to hear Jesus tell us that his Father is also our Father, for as Jesus returns to him, we too, will one day ascend to our God in heaven.

On the Third Day

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

Christ lay in the tomb for a part of three days, rising on the third, but what we should note is not so much the number but the fact that he truly died.

Mercy, Not Merit

Scripture Text: Matthew 28:10

Jesus calls us his brothers, not because of anything we have done to merit this inclusion in his family, but because we believe on him for salvation.

The Word of Salvation

Scripture Text: Acts 13:26

You may be a birthright Jew, or a birthright Quaker, but without being born again, a salvation through the Word of Christ, there can be no salvation.

Bread for Your Neighbor

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 10:16–17

When we receive Holy Communion, we should be careful to increase love, to find our neighbor who is in need and reach out to him in Christ's name.

Enduring Witness

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 2:20–21

If you would be a Christian, then you must not be terribly alarmed or impatient at the the torments of the world and of the devil.

A Testimony

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23–25

We have the clear Word of God as testimony for us who believe, that Christ gave himself as a grace to be received in the bread and wine of his table.

A Fresh Lump

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1–7

May you be a fresh lump with whom Christ Jesus being worked in, that the grace and power of the Spirit may continue to work out your salvation.

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