Pastor Mac Hammond | March 21, 2021

Recap: 
“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” –Colossians 1:26–27 KJV

The moment you enter into God’s kingdom, you receive “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” What exactly does that mean? As Pastor Mac talked about this past weekend, “glory” refers to the manifestation of God. Since God is nothing but good and He is the King of glory, the most succinct definition of God’s glory is the manifestation of God’s goodness.

When we enter into God’s kingdom, we receive “Christ in us, the hope of God’s manifested goodness.” That means we can walk through every day, hoping—or you could say, confidently expecting—God’s goodness will be manifested in our lives. It may not always appear that way, but that’s where faith comes into action. Dare to believe that God’s goodness is ready to change the temporal truth you are facing and align it with the spiritual reality of God’s goodness.

Dive Deeper:
A lot of Christians don’t experience the goodness of God on a regular basis; as a result, they may struggle to expect that God will be good to them. What they may not realize is that we all have this same challenge: to come to a point of believing what the Word says is true, even when it can’t be empirically validated. This isn’t easy, but this is where faith is put into action.

If you want to increase your faith in God’s goodness, start by reading your Bible, praying, and attending church. These regular spiritual disciplines don’t make you good. They remind you that God is good. They bring your mental thought patterns into alignment with the truth that God is ready to pour out His goodness in your life. As you increasingly think about God’s goodness, you’ll increasingly expect to see His goodness manifest.

Now, the more you realize that Christ is in you, the more you move yourself to be “in Christ.” You begin to identify yourself as a child of God, the source of God’s glory and manifested goodness in this earth for others to see. You’ll begin to see your days as an opportunity for God’s goodness to be manifest to you and through you to others.

Read More:
Colossians 1:27 (TPT)
Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!

2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:18 TPT
We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 12:2 KJV
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Discussion Questions:
 1.    How have you seen God’s goodness manifested to you today? over this past week? over this past year?

2.    How have you seen God manifest His goodness through you to others today? this past week? this past year?

3.    What are the biggest detractors to our ability to display God’s goodness to others? How can we point people back to Jesus without coming across as overly spiritual?

4.    How can we become more aware of helping others in our daily life? What is your favorite way to bless others?

Recent Sermon Notes

Grace Unveiled, #9: Established in the Gift of Righteousness | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim taught his 9th installment in his series on the book of Romans entitled, “Grace Unveiled.” The first three and a half chapters of Romans, Paul talked extensively, driving home the point, on how no one can make himself righteous in God’s eyes. The Apostle Paul didn’t leave anyone out. He listed the Pagans in the secular world, people just trying to do good, and the zealous disciplined Jews… he made sure they knew that none of them measured up in God’s eyes. No matter what they did, they would never be able to escape God’s wrath… unless there is something that appeases that judgment. That was Paul’s way of working up to a point. Paul then introduced the righteousness of God through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

The Principle of Connection | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac taught a message entitled, “The Principle of Connection.” Oftentimes, we struggle with obedience to the Word, where our obedience to the Word is not done in faith but out of legalism. We don’t do it from our heart, but we do it out of obligation. However, as Pastor Mac pointed out, if the Word is going to work for you, it has to come from our heart. There is a remedy that puts an end to legalistic obedience: once you understand the principle behind a particular mandate, obedience to the Word becomes exciting. Pastor Mac goes on to discuss the Principle of Connection.

A Faith-Building Weekend With Nancy Dufresne

What a weekend we had with guest minister Nancy Dufresne. She shared on the power of faith and reminded us that God and the Holy Spirit should always remain our focus. That means when we face difficulty, listening to the Holy Spirit, our guide on the inside, is the best thing that we can do. You can walk in faith toward your miracle!

GRACE UNVEILED: “All Under Sin,” #7 | Jim Hammond

Pastor Jim delivered his seventh installment in his series on the book of Romans, entitled, “Grace Unveiled.” The first three chapters of Romans focuses explicitly on the definition of sin. “Because,” as Pastor Jim says, “if you don’t understand what sin is, you will not understand the solution to the sin problem.” Paul wanted them to understand that all of mankind has a sin problem, and no matter who you are, you will never, ever be able to achieve righteousness through your own merit. If doesn’t matter if you’re a secular pagan who worships Zeus or a religious Jew who strictly follows the law, God will never see you as righteous through your own effort. Pastor Jim has much more to say in this message subtitled, “All Under Sin.”

They Brought | Mac Hammond

Last Sunday, Pastor Mac taught a message entitled, “They Brought.” He said, “If you’re in a relationship with the Lord, you’re in a covenant with Him. And that covenant is one of blessing.” Yet, many covenant believers do not seem to walk in the level of blessing the Bible promises. Why is that? Pastor Mac said walking fully in the provision and purpose of God begins by understanding what the definition of a covenant actually is.