Preaching & Teaching

The Centrality of Jesus Christ

God … has blessed us … with every spiritual blessing in Christ! Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

With Christ all things are yours, and without Christ you have nothing of lasting value.

Christ is the gift. What He offers to you is Himself. It is Christ who forgives you, Christ who welcomes and keeps you, and Christ who makes something new of your life. He is the one who gives you the Holy Spirit, confesses you before the Father, and will take you to be with Himself. He is the one whose glory you will see and share forever.

Christ is the Savior who reconciles you to God.

Christ is the Shepherd who will never turn you away.

Christ is the Lord who makes your life useful.

Christ is the Advocate who confesses you before the Father.

Christ is the Friend who will always be with you.

Christ is the Redeemer who opens heaven for you by His death and resurrection.

Christ is the Son of God whose glory you will see and share for all eternity.

All that God promises is ours in Christ. None of it is ours without Him.

Does Christ hold the central place in your heart? How can you give Him more of yourself today?

Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and president of Unlocking the...

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