Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Great Message at Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville

Faith, Hope and Love .. but not from 1 Corinthians 13.

Today Craig Turnbull of Harvest Bible Chapel in Oakville, gave a wonderful sermon on Hebrews 10:19-25. This is another New Testament passage that calls us to Faith, Hope and Love (community) similar to what Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 13. But in this case, the writer had been building us up by showing us just how much better Jesus is.

Jesus is described in the earlier chapters of Hebrews as being better than Moses (ch 3) and much better than Melchizedek (ch 5) and much better than Abraham (ch 7). Now the writer is telling us what we need to do with these revelations about the 'high priesthood' of Jesus that takes us into the holy of Holies by His blood - once and for all.

Since all the above is true, we need to take into us the understanding of the confidence we have in this 'high priest' by drawing near to him in Faith, by holding fast to Him in Hope and by stirring up each other to good deeds in Love and fellowship (assembling together).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Why of the Good Samaritan

It has been a while since I put up any entries.

We were at both services today at Harvest Bible Chapel. It is good to hear Pastor Robbie's mesages twice. He does make a few subtle changes in each service and the impact is always fresh and new in each message. The message was basically on the "Good Samaritan" but the focus was on the why instead of the what.

Luke 10:25-37

Why did two stop and look and not help and why did one stop and look and help even though they were sworn enemies?

It all has to do with loving God first and then our neighbours. Jesus was first approached by an expert in the law (lawyer) who tried testing Him with the question 'What shall I do to inherit eternal life' (be saved). Jesus answered with a question to see if the lawyer knew his stuff - and he did. (Love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbour as yourself.) [Deut 6:5]

But Jesus, after telling the lawyer about the good Samaritan and after the lawyer had said that the Samaritan would be the one who loved his neighbour the most, said to him "Go and do the same".

Thus the order of loving has to be God first then our neighbour - it cannot be the other way around. If we love our neighbour and not God we are the same as the world and the love is not based on compassion and grace as is God's love for us. He first loved us, the unlovable, before we loved him.

Neat stuff!

It is the why and not the what of the Good Samaritan story that is important!