May 15, 2016
Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
In Abram, God provides a beginning of blessing for all future generations. Interestingly, Abram is a picture of trust and obedience, both because he is quite ordinary and because he is exemplary. Abram, like all who hear the promise of God, was called out from among a worldly people to an eternal blessing that could not be measured. Just as Abram imperfectly trusted and obeyed God’s command of promise, so too are we called to walk in like manner. Our response to God’s Word is eternally decisive, and Abram helps us see what a right response looks like.
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  • May 15, 2016Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    May 15, 2016
    Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    In Abram, God provides a beginning of blessing for all future generations. Interestingly, Abram is a picture of trust and obedience, both because he is quite ordinary and because he is exemplary. Abram, like all who hear the promise of God, was called out from among a worldly people to an eternal blessing that could not be measured. Just as Abram imperfectly trusted and obeyed God’s command of promise, so too are we called to walk in like manner. Our response to God’s Word is eternally decisive, and Abram helps us see what a right response looks like.
  • Apr 17, 2016Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    Apr 17, 2016
    Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    The Rainbow is a display of beauty and joy. Young eyes and old ones light up at the sight of the colorful bow in the sky. And yet, as wondrous as it is to us, the rainbow has likely aroused less joy and peace in our hearts than it was designed to do so long ago. God set this bow in the clouds in order to remind humanity of His promise of grace, and this is far more joyous than appreciating the beauty of the heavenly sign. For millennia now, God has made good on His promise to never again judge the world by flood waters, and we should recognize such grace in humility. Yet, there is more effectual grace still and a more extensive promise that should seize our attention and cause our hearts to leap. The Cross of Christ reminds us that God has judged sin and offered salvation to all who trust in Him.
  • Apr 10, 2016Genesis | Salvation through Judgment
    Apr 10, 2016
    Genesis | Salvation through Judgment
    Many people who have any familiarity with Christian beliefs are quick to point out God’s gracious salvation. When confronted with their own sin and guilt, they may proclaim, “God forgives!” This is certainly true, but this is not the whole of it. In the Bible, we are given a view to God’s pattern of dealing with sinful humanity. God always saves and judges simultaneously. God regularly brings a great salvation through (or in the midst of) agonizing judgment. The Flood of Noah’s day exemplifies this pattern, and we may benefit from its warning and its promise.
  • Oct 18, 2015Discipling Disciples
    Oct 18, 2015
    Discipling Disciples
    It is not uncommon for Americans, particularly in the South, to attend church on many Sundays each year with little to no effect in their daily lives. With some regularity, surveys and studies demonstrate no meaningful difference between the moral values and integrity of those who profess to be Christians and those who do not. From marriage to child-rearing, financial goals to political interests, it is much more likely that one’s age will have more influence upon one’s practice than one’s church attendance. Does this mean that church participation is meaningless? Is there any other reason to attend a regular church service besides ‘getting a good feeling?’ This passage confronts these questions and more with striking candor.
  • Oct 4, 2015Pure Hearts Produce Pure Lives
    Oct 4, 2015
    Pure Hearts Produce Pure Lives
    Throughout human history there appear to be two opposing sides that have welcomed the swinging pendulum of perceived human virtue in the presence of God. On the one side, there have been those who have argued for a strict and rigid asceticism in order to please God. They seem to believe that the only way a sinful man can be made right before God is through much effort and self-sacrifice. On the other side, there have been those who have argued either that God is indulgent or that He is impotent. This group seems to believe that God will not or cannot punish disobedient sinners. Biblical Christianity stops the pendulum and claims that both sides have been partially right and partially wrong. This message seeks to explain what the Bible actually says about right standing and right living.
  • Jun 28, 2015You Had One Job
    Jun 28, 2015
    You Had One Job
     We are witnesses for Christ, both across the street and around the world.
    Praise God for saving sinners like you, and for making you part of His plan to redeem sinners from everywhere.
  • Aug 17, 2014Two Things that Matter Most
    Aug 17, 2014
    Two Things that Matter Most