Wonderful Things

A Year in the Word from Pastor Jeff Fairchild

“Beyond Ought” (2 Cor. 6:16–7:1)

Christianity was never meant to be the drudgery of having to obey God, but the delight of getting to obey Him. We can move beyond the oughtness of obedience into the privilege of it. We do that by…

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

You’re straining under burdens too heavy to bear on paths too dark to see with no reasonable hope that your circumstances will improve. And that’s precisely why you need joy: because it is unrelated to your circumstances.

“A Life of Giving” (2 Cor. 9:6-11)

The richness of your life is not based on how much you get but on how much you give. The Christian life is a life of giving – and not just of money but of all God’s gifts. Some of you do this so well. Thank you. Please be aware that God has noticed.

“The Only Opinion that Matters” (2 Cor. 10:12, 17-18)

If you’re still caught on the comparison treadmill and have noticed you’re not getting anywhere, you might consider getting off. Comparison involves outward struggle to appear better than others and inward struggle at not measuring up. Neither is worth the effort. If you could convince everyone, including yourself, that you were best at everything, you wouldn’t rise one little notch in God’s sight.

“The Simplicity of the Christian Life” (2 Cor. 11:3-4)

Life is complicated. Christianity – that is, Biblical Christianity – is refreshingly simple. It is whole-hearted devotion to Jesus Christ …
Here’s the attitude He wants for us: Does Jesus like something? —Do more of it. Does something displease Him? —Do less of it.

“Is God Enough?” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)

When we begin to turn every petition over to God with full assurance that He will do what is best rather than what is desired – that’s when we settle into His peace. And the longer we walk with Him, the more often we thank Him that He hasn’t given us every dumb thing we’ve asked for.

“Examine Yourself” (2 Cor. 13:5)

Honest inward-evaluation arising from a deep desire to be more and more pleasing to Christ every day is an essential discipline of the Christian life. The self-satisfied Christian is an anomaly.

“Rescued!” (Gal. 1:3-4)

“Christ…gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age.” (Gal. 1:3-4) Let’s live in the fullness of that. We do not have to listen to our old jailer anymore. We can shed our prison clothes. And, while still living in this present evil age, we can already taste and enjoy the life of freedom in the next.

“I No Longer Live, But Christ …” (Gal. 2:19-20)

“Many are willing to adopt the Christian religion; few are willing to give their lives to its Founder … Jesus was (and is) always looking for such people.

“We Can Be Fooled” (Gal. 3:1)

If you haven’t yet clicked the wrong button or opened the wrong attachment, it’s just a matter of time. Whether we like to admit it or not, you and I are susceptible to being fooled. So were the Galatians. But there is an antidote…