In this message, Josh Kesler talks about what it means to hear Jesus voice. Jesus told his critics that "My sheep hear my voice". Jesus is the Great Shepherd so he is the only one worth following and the only voice truly worth listening to. Many things keep us from hearing God's voice, but as Jesus identifies himself as God in flesh, he gives is a great reason to place our hope in life completely in him. We need to look into our lives and see where we have not placed God first. When we do this, it makes sense that our lives will be lives that truly honor God.
In this message, Josh Kesler looks at the important invitation that Jesus gives us to follow him. In the text, we see that Jesus extends himself once again to Peter after His resurrection. The first time Jesus said put down your nets and follow me. In this case Jesus challenges Peter to take up his cross and follow. Following implies movement. If you are a follower of Jesus then it means that you are following him to greater levels of obedience. It is an invitation, one we all need to take very seriously.
In this passage we learn about the disciple who has come to be known as "Doubting Thomas." However, after looking at the text, it is clear that Thomas didn't doubt, he said that he did not believe. Doubt is not the opposite of faith, unbelief is the opposite of faith. Instead of steering clear of doubt, as Christians we should embrace it as an opportunity to mature in our faith. Unresolved doubt can leave a person frustrated, but resolved doubt can be an incredible catalyst for growing in faith and maturity. Embrace doubt as normal and seek to understand what God would have you learn from it. When Thomas had his question answered, it led him to profess Jesus as "My Lord and my God."
In this message, Josh Kesler talks about the resurrection. The Resurrection forces us to choose whether it happened or not. If it did happen, it forces us to choose to live as Jesus calls us to live. No amount of goodness can bridge the gap between God and us. Only Jesus through the resurrection offers us the opportunity for everlasting life. You need to make the choice.
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