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God’s House

Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”

Jesus is over God’s house, in other words He is in charge of His church.  Now there is no greater Leader in the universe, so whatever He has set up to rule must be important.  The church.  And it says we are His house, but then it says “if”.  If what?  If indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”  Why would we need to hold firmly in order to stay part of God’s house?  Well, because the world and Satan do not want you to be in God’s house.  Satan knows in God’s house you will have an opportunity to worship God with your church family, and then hear the word of God, and this scares him.  It is at the House of God that we find rest.  We are learning to love despite our differences and hurts. We are reminded to keep trying, keep loving, keep growing and keep planting deeper.  Let us hold firmly, let us remain in Christ, under the greatest ruler and protecter in the universe.  Amen.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

The Body of Christ

Acts 8:3 says that “Saul was trying to destroy the church.”  Well that isn’t okay with Jesus so He steps in.  In the very next chapter Jesus catches up with Saul and asks him, “Saul Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Now Jesus has already been crucified, and here He shows us that attacking the church was the same as persecuting Him.  The church is Christ’s body, so Jesus is like “Hey, leave my body alone.” Jesus visits Saul to stop this and turns Saul to the right team. Saul becomes Paul, one of the greatest of the Apostles.  You see, in those early days Jesus was tending to His church, protecting her.  He considers His church part of himself.  Is it different now?  Of course it isn’t.  Jesus is in love with the local church, it is His body, and also His bride.  He is married to the church and protective of her.  Paul spent the rest of his days planting and growing churches, instead of destroying them.  Let us have that same heart.  Let’s learn to value the local church the same way Christ does: let’s be careful to remember to speak positive about her, and to bring positive things to her, after all we are the church if we can learn to remain.

Pastor Jason Anderson

Living Word Bible Church Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Rest

Numbers 10:33 “So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.” This scripture tells us something about Jesus’ crucifixion.  Jesus is the ark of the covenant that went ahead of us and after three days He rose from the dead.  In this passage, we see one of the reasons that Jesus gave it all for us. He went before us to find us a place of rest.  Now, who couldn’t use a little rest?  Raise your hand if you just need a break! I know right!?  Ok, so how do I get into this rest?  Where is it?  Is it the spa?  My couch? Ephesians 2 tells us that God raise us up to sit together with Christ as his body, the church.  Sitting is a position of rest.  Christ has won.  The place of rest is God’s House.  When you finish a hard day at work, you just want to go home and rest.  It’s the same after a tough week in this world.  We return to our home, the church.  Are you tired?  Weary?  Follow Christ right to His house, the church of the Living God.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee

Benefits Leading to Holiness

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness.   Did you know that you are free from sin?  Before you gave your life to Jesus sin had a hold on you.  But that hold has lost its grip.  In Christ, you are free.  What is the benefit then of being free from sin?  Well, to be no longer a sinner means you are righteous.  Remember that scripture “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt 6:33) Well, you have His righteousness.  You found it!  This righteousness didn’t come to you by obedience but it came to you by your faith in Jesus.  He earned it and then gave it to you for free.  It’s a gift of righteousness.  And it comes with benefits.  God blesses and rewards the righteous.  He gives His Spirit to the righteous.  He gives you an inheritance and you are a joint heir with His son—Christ Jesus..   The benefit will lead you to holiness.  He gives you the benefits first and the benefit will lead you to living right.  As you embrace God’s grace, the more free you become to live holy.  Find out what your benefit package is by reading your bible today, it’s free, it’s in Christ, and it is yours.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale Mesa Ahwatukee