My 4/15/18AM sermon, To Elect Exiles from 1 Peter 1:1-2; 5:12-14, is now online. This sermon introduced everyone to the book of 1 Peter, which is the book we’ll be studying for a while. It took those who are believers into tension between who we are in God and who we are related to the world. Specfiically, Peter wrote to elect exiles, to give us hope from God. I hope it encourages you.
This coming Sunday, 4/15, we are starting a new series at Crestview on the book of 1 Peter. The tag for this series is “hope for the outcasts.” Peter understands the problems believers face living life in the tension of the reality that we will be forever in heaven with the Lord but are stuck living life here in this world. We are very much not at home in this world. We are outcasts, exiles, aliens. So, this series will hopefully aim to help us have some insight for really living in this world. I hope it encourages you. Join me in praying to this end and, if you have time, read the book of 1 Peter.
Like I mentioned in February, I’m trying to do a better job this year of keeping track of books I’ve completed reading. As usual, there are some books/things, I’m always working in like the Bible (praying through the Psalms of the Day and doing lots of reading in 1 Peter in different translations), Sonship, as well as Crestview’s Leadership Pipeline material.
In February 2018, I worked through the following:
In April at Crestview, we’re learning Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick’s song, My Worth Is Now In What I Own (At the Cross).
Here are the lyrics:
My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross
My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross
I rejoice in my Redeemer
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.
As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross
I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross
Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross
I hope this song helps you give voice to what God’s done for you through His Son.
I was blessed this past weekend getting some fellowship time with my friend Adrion Roberson. Adrion pastors in Kansas City, Kansas in Wyandotte County. He’s laboring hard doing difficult work and I asked him to come and help our people understand race, injustice, and what the Bible demands from us. His 4/8/18 sermon, Racism and Injustice from an Adaptive, Biblical Perspective is now online. I’m still processing what my next steps of obedience and application are, but this challenge was big and the implications for the mission we’ve been called to are numerous. Take some time and dig into this sermon and experience the refreshment I did this past weekend.
My 4/1/18AM sermon (Easter), The Holy Spirit’s Power in Jesus, is now online. I know it seems counterintuitive to think of the Holy Spirit on Easter. But, if the Holy Spirit is all about Christ. And, if the Holy Spirit was behind His being conceived a virgin, set apart for ministry, and rising from the dead, then it would be great encouragement to know how He helps us, as well. That was the thrust of this sermon. I hope it encourages you.
My 3/25/18AM sermon, Less Obvious Work of the Holy Spirit, explored the work of the Holy Spirit in helping us through prayer, body life, our relationship to God, and knowing God’s Word/being involved in mission. I hope it helps you and you can see how near God is for all the “stuff of life.”
Here’s his invite:
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of what is known as Holy Week or Passion Week. It is a week when we remember Jesus’ final steps to the cross. I don’t know about you, but for many years, I disliked it. Holy Week was heavy and dark. It was one bad thing after another. I wanted to look away, to fast-forward to Easter Sunday.
But when God turned up the heat on my life, and I began to immerse myself in the gritty details of Jesus’ story, I was riveted by his beauty under incredible pressure—his compassion, his honesty, his oneness with the Father, his focus on others. I no longer wanted to look away from the person of Jesus; I wanted to see him more clearly.
I’m inviting you to join me next week in looking closely at Jesus. We’re sending out a free Passion Week devotional to help you see the real Jesus—full of purpose, dedication, and—yes—passion. Together we will slow down and watch how Jesus lived as a human because seeing Jesus is inseparable from learning how to love.
Will you join me?
–Paul E. Miller
I’m sure, like me, you want to be magnifying Jesus and glorifying God for the work Jesus has done. Sign up for this devotional and draw near to God this coming week.
This coming Sunday, March 25, is Palm Sunday. At Crestview, we’ll also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. I love the collect from Thomas Cranmer for this day:
Almighty and everlasting God, which of thy tender love toward man, hast sent our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; mercifully grant that we both follow the example of his patience, and be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
There’s no crown without the cross. So, we’ll be celebrating Jesus’s life and work during this Palm Sunday.
In terms of preaching, we’ll be continuing our series on the Holy Spirit, thinking about the less obvious works that He does on our behalf. I hope you come and join us for an exciting day.