Sermon Series Archive Our FATHER
For the final week of this series, “Our FATHER,” Pastor Josh Scott shows us why this final statement is so crucial to the Lord’s Prayer. This last sentence seems to sum up the entire prayer. Josh shows us how we are taught to live in God’s Kingdom, through His power, and for His glory. And the final word, Amen, is a word of affirmation. A way of saying “let it be so” in our lives. We must change certain aspects of our hearts and lives to be able to say a definitive “Amen” as we finish this prayer?
Forgiveness is something that we all are looking for. It’s one of our favorite parts of having a relationship with Christ. But, for this week of our series “Our FATHER”, Pastor Josh Scott explains how we need need to receive forgiveness, just as much as we need to give it. We learn how debt are more about our shortcomings, and trespasses are more about us going too far. We must let go of our own anger and bitterness in order to receive the forgiveness that we so desperately seek for ourselves.
We generally only talk about something as “Hallowed” around October 31st. The term means holy, or set apart, and Jesus reminds us that the very name of God is sacred. During the 3rd week of the series, Pastor Josh Scott explains how the name of God means more than the word that we use for Him. It embodies his character; it is who He is in every way. So the very nature of God is holy, and we must keep that in mind through both our words, and our actions.
Why does Jesus choose to begin his prayer with “Our Father” when he teaches us to pray? Pastor Josh Scott suggests that to call God “Father” is begin to see our relationship with him in the same way that Jesus experienced it. For the second week of our series through the Lord’s Prayer, we discover that this relationship is intimate and loving, and that beginning with that mindset is crucial to learning how to pray.
Pray, then, in this way
To introduce our new series, “Our FATHER,” we are reminded of how Jesus tells us NOT to pray. Pastor, Josh Scott, shares how when we try to make our prayers more eloquent, or in front of others, we may be missing the point. Jesus shows us a very simple prayer that is our model for communication with God. Jesus invites us to a life of prayer that is intimate, private and simple enough for everyone.