Dec 9, 2018
Advent: God’s Abundant Love
Series: Advent
Talk with most anyone in America who claims to be a Christian, and you will probably hear much on the subject of God’s love. Christians disagree about all kinds of things, but most seem to agree that God loves everyone unconditionally. However, the Scripture speaks of God’s love in particular terms, expansive terms, and profound terms. In this message, we shall consider the love of God lavished upon all those who are in Christ. We shall also consider the contrasting posture of God toward all unbelieving sinners.
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  • Dec 9, 2018Advent: God’s Abundant Love
    Dec 9, 2018
    Advent: God’s Abundant Love
    Series: Advent
    Talk with most anyone in America who claims to be a Christian, and you will probably hear much on the subject of God’s love. Christians disagree about all kinds of things, but most seem to agree that God loves everyone unconditionally. However, the Scripture speaks of God’s love in particular terms, expansive terms, and profound terms. In this message, we shall consider the love of God lavished upon all those who are in Christ. We shall also consider the contrasting posture of God toward all unbelieving sinners.
  • Dec 2, 2018Advent: God-Given Hope
    Dec 2, 2018
    Advent: God-Given Hope
    Series: Advent
    More than 700 years before the birth of Christ, a prophet spoke to an obstinate people about eternal joy and peace to come. One could hardly have hoped for such a thing in the midst of their unspeakable horrors. But the promise was real, and the one who pledged it was/is fully capable and trustworthy. The promise of a peace-making, justice-meting, everlasting King was a comprehensive promise, and Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of it. This is true both in His first Advent and also in His second. In this message, we shall consider the eschatological promises in Isaiah 9:1-7 and the implications for our God-given hope today. 
  • Nov 25, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
    Nov 25, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
    John’s Gospel ends with a return to the gritty reality of discipleship in a fallen world. Chapter 20 closes on a high note recording a true confession of Christ’s person and work and pronouncing the benefits that come from such blessed belief. In chapter 21, John returns his reader to an earthy perspective with gracious promises and demands. In this message, we shall consider the importance of Jesus’ reaffirmation and recommissioning of Peter and the personal call Christ makes to all His disciples. May God help us to lovingly follow the sovereign Savior, and may God nourish us by His word and keep us by His power.JOHN/ THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE |GRACE TO FOLLOW THE SOVEREIGN SAVIOR
  • Nov 18, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    Nov 18, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM
    John’s Gospel might be boiled down to a few potent proclamations, and John’s purpose statement is certainly one of the most important. It is clear that John wants his reader to believe in Jesus, and his desire is motivated by both the person of Christ and the gift Christ alone can give to those who believe. Both in John’s words and in his example, he calls his reader to believe in Jesus Christ and to proclaim life in His name to all who will believe. May God help us all to believe and proclaim. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BELIEVE AND PROCLAIM"
  • Nov 11, 2018JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    Nov 11, 2018
    JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD
    In our day and in our modern American Evangelical culture, it is taboo to draw hard lines around doctrinal statements. Moreover, it is outright offensive to speak in dogmatic terms about high doctrines, especially those that seem too academic, too irrelevant, and/or too exclusive. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is as high as doctrines get, and it is often avoided for all the reasons listed above. May God help us to see the wonder of God’s triunity, and may we know and love the triune God who reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. "JOHN | THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE TRIUNE GOD"
  • Nov 4, 2018STAND ALONE MESSAGE | JUDGMENT DAY
    Nov 4, 2018
    STAND ALONE MESSAGE | JUDGMENT DAY
    STAND ALONE MESSAGE | JUDGMENT DAY
  • Oct 28, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Oct 28, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION
    Religious claims are (and should be) subject to scrutiny. The wise person will thoughtfully consider the origins, evidence, and implications of religious truth-claims. Christianity is built upon the foundation of truths which originate in God and become chiefly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. In this message, we shall consider the extraordinary force of Christ’s resurrection throughout all space and time."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | RESURRECTION ".
  • Oct 21, 2018STAND ALONE MESSAGE ON A BAPTISM SUNDAY | BAPTISM | CHRIST’S COVENANT PEOPLE
    Oct 21, 2018
    STAND ALONE MESSAGE ON A BAPTISM SUNDAY | BAPTISM | CHRIST’S COVENANT PEOPLE
    Baptism is a topic about which many Christians have disagreed over the centuries. However, the overarching agreement for all orthodox Christians has always centered upon the idea that baptism does serve as the public designation that one is among Christ’s covenant people in the world. In this message, we shall consider the meaning of baptism in the life of the Christian. May God help us to celebrate this marvelous sign and the divine covenant to which it points."Stand Alone Message on a Baptism Sunday _ Baptism _ Christ’s Covenant People".
  • Oct 14, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Oct 14, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR
    Christianity, unlike many other religions in the world, is not a religion of personal subjectivity. It simply is not pragmatic. How one feels about Jesus, or the Bible’s truth claims, or Christians in the world today, has no bearing whatever on the legitimacy of Christianity. The short and direct question must be, “Is it true?” If what the Bible says about Jesus is true, then the argument is over. John, the Gospel-writer, exemplifies Christian witness by making historical truth claims about Jesus and then calling his reader to believe in Jesus. May God help us to follow John’s example."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE AUTHENTIC SAVIOR ".
  • Oct 7, 2018JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    Oct 7, 2018
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS
    From an earthly perspective, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a gripping display of human depravity and lamentable circumstances. Many have seen Jesus as a pitiable historical figure, and His courage in death has earned Him some acclaim. However, there is far more to see here than may first meet the eyes. In this message, we shall consider the Gospel-writer’s record, observing John’s use of deep biblical imagery and emphasis on prophetic fulfillment. May God help us to see the glory of Christ upon the cross!"JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BEHOLD THE GLORIOUS CROSS ".