Dec 3, 2017
ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
Series: Advent
Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration."ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE".
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  • Dec 3, 2017ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Dec 3, 2017
    ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Series: Advent
    Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration."ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE".
  • Nov 26, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Nov 26, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Most people usually do not enjoy talking about or even admitting their weaknesses. “Ask me about what I can do, not what I cannot.” However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only good news to those who realize that they are helplessly weak. The beauty of the Gospel is also the offense of it. In this message, we shall observe Jesus healing a man born blind, and we shall consider the intended metaphor for spiritual eyes. May God grant us grace to admit our blindness, and may He give us new eyes to see. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS".
  • Nov 19, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Nov 19, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Many people have a favorite memory of those loved ones who have died. We all like to remember certain things about people we know, and we may even create nicknames based on a single experience with a friend. All of this is good fun, and it is often a helpful way to enjoy our relationships with others. However, Jesus Christ deserves more than a passing memory or thought. He is supremely glorious, mercifully humble, and incomparably holy. Though we may be tempted toward a flat picture of Jesus, we shall observe in this passage that Jesus is much too glorious for such a childish view."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE".
  • Nov 5, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    Nov 5, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY
    In our American culture, individual freedom and personal autonomy seems to be a chief concern. While some Americans are interested in limiting the freedoms of others, no one wants to limit their own. The last great sin among us is making any absolute claim that would obligate someone to conform themselves to a standard. Even in Christianity, people often assume that Christ offers this kind of freedom – personal autonomy. Christ sets sinners free... doesn’t He? In this message, we will consider how Christ defines freedom and what true discipleship looks like."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | FREEDOM TO OBEY".
  • Oct 29, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE
    Oct 29, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE
    In Christian theology, there is an experience described as the beatific vision. It is defined as that moment when the redeemed person sees God as He is, in full glory, and without any distortion of sin. There is a deep longing in the heart of every human to know God as He is and to be known, but this is also quite terrifying. In this message, we shall see a glimpse of the glorious God, as He has revealed Himself."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GLORY TO GOD ALONE".
  • Oct 22, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE
    Oct 22, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE
    Christ alone is the savior of sinners. This exclusive claim is repugnant to our culture of trivial tolerance, and it has always been obnoxious to sinful humans everywhere. And yet, this intolerant declaration is actually quite expansive. Just consider how wide the invitation really is. In this message, the fourth in our Reformation series on the “Five Solas,” we shall consider Christ as the priceless Redeemer, the perfect Justifier, the tireless Intercessor, and the conquering King."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | CHRIST ALONE".
  • Oct 15, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE
    Oct 15, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE
    Grace is a word like many others in our day that has lost its sense. The word is used either infrequently or too flippantly, and we simply do not know what it means anymore. When Christians affirm, “God saves sinners by grace alone,” the meaning is profound and particular. This is our third message in a series on the “Five Solas” of the Protestant Reformation, and the doctrine of “Sola Gratia” (or grace alone) was a major battleground during that time and since. In this message today, we shall consider the concept and its implications for humility, assurance, and adoration."CELEBRATING REFORMATION | GRACE ALONE".
  • Oct 8, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Oct 8, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE
    Much ink and even blood has been spilled over the question, “How is a sinner made acceptable before God?”. There is good reason for such an interest in the question, for this question is one of supreme importance to every sinner. If you are perfectly righteous, then you have no interest in such a question. But if you are guilty of even a single moment of disobedience, then your acceptance before God is of paramount concern. In this message, we shall consider the biblical teaching on the manner in which any sinner is made acceptable, pure, and holy in God’s sight. Looking through the lenses of the Protestant Reformation, we shall investigate the past and the present need for clarity on this subject."CELEBRATING REFORMATION__FAITH ALONE".
  • Oct 1, 2017CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    Oct 1, 2017
    CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE
    The Protestant Reformation is quite unknown by many Protestants and Catholics today. Additionally, of those who do know anything of the divide, many are calling for reconciliation and reunification. What was the Protestant Reformation? Why did it happen? Why are there Protestants today? Should Christians today even care about these things? In today’s message, we will begin a 5-part series addressing the formal cause of the Protestant Reformation. We will consider the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), learning from past protests and confronting present presumptions. "CELEBRATING REFORMATION__SCRIPTURE ALONE ".
  • Sep 24, 2017JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Sep 24, 2017
    JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE
    Positive affirmations of faith are generally well-received in our pluralistic American culture. You can believe anything you want, and there will likely be very little criticism leveled against you. However, if you not only believe the positive affirmation, but also commit yourself to the negative rejection as well, then you have stepped over the line of acceptability. The only thing you cannot do is believe something or someone is wrong. Yet, Jesus doesn’t play by our subjective rules. He flatly preaches a Gospel that warns the one who rejects it, while it promises hope to the one who believes it. In this message, we shall consider the biblical Gospel, the Gospel of both warning and hope."JOHN _THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE __A GOSPEL OF WARNING AND HOPE ".