Elders are mature believers tested in the faith who are given authority under Christ and his word to teach, guard, and govern the church. Christians who are proud and resistant to godly authority are most at risk from the Devil's assaults.
In the suffering of His people the Lord's glory and judgment are revealed.
Having been set free from sin's power by the cross, the values and priorities of the world no longer make sense to us.
We may serve the Lord with confidence despite suffering because Jesus reigns victorious over the created order and all spiritual powers.
Honouring Christ the Lord as holy in your heart entails loving good, shunning evil, speaking with gentleness, and fearing the our commander-Lord in prayerfulness.
In the joyful reciprocity within Christian marriage, the beauty and power of the gospel is made manifest to the world.
Our suffering, which we often can't explain, is meaningful precisely because suffering for righteousness is clearly meaningful to God's purposes.
Having been set apart in Christ as a royal, priestly people, we're called to protect, guard, and tend God's garden-kingdom, extending His justice and grace to the world.
Having been brought into the family of God by the blood of Christ, we are now brothers and sisters who are required to love one another.
We sojourn as warrior-pilgrims. We will confound man's predictions as we conquer God's enemies in faith.
The outcome of enduring trials is an inexpressible joy as we experience God's intimate presence. The outcome of this joy and hope in God is that we are motivated to work for the transformation of the present in the light of God's promises for the future.