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What Jesus Says to His Church – Jesus- Terrifying Yet Tender

What Jesus Says to His Church – Jesus- Terrifying Yet Tender – 1 of 8


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Part 1 of 8 Sermon Summary.


  1. Jesus is everyone’s judge—is he also your savior? Until he is your savior he’s only terrifying. But if he also has “released you from your sins by his blood” then he’s not just terrifying, but also tender. If you’ve not receive God’s pardon for your sins, I urge you to do so today. If you would like to know God personally, contact us here ( Scroll down to the Ministry Information Request section and mark the first or second  checkbox. We look forward to helping!
  2. And make sure your picture of Jesus is balanced. He’s not just that suffering servant who came as a baby in a manger! Make sure you’re seeing Jesus in his totality. He is both terrifying and tender. When you pray, whom do you envision on the other end listening? Does the Jesus you envision measure up to how he really is? When you encounter one of Jesus’ commands in Scripture, what’s your response? Do you view them as mere suggestions, or the requirement of One who loves you, —and he also has a sharp two-edged sword coming out his mouth?
  3. If you’re not currently in the habit of spending a bit of time in God’s word each day, or, if you are, but you’d like to get more out of this series, here are some suggestions: Each day:
  • Slowly and prayerfully meditate on the ten-point description of the glorified Christ.
  • Then, read or listen to Revelation 1-3 (it takes about 15 minutes).
  • Jot down any “thirty-thousand foot observations”—what intrigues, enlightens (or confuses!) you? What do you learn about Jesus, about His church, and about yourself?
  • Write down one concrete way you will obey God today. In the evening, journal your experience.


Each week, write down one doable concrete step of obedience, small or large  that you will put into practice this week. (James 1:22: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”)

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