Oct 9, 2016
Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
The “Culture War” is over… and conventional moralistic values did not win. While you may certainly still find like-minded friends who affirm your view of morality, this group is smaller today; and it will be smaller tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren, their friends and their heroes, are now (or soon will be) totally out of step with your views of the world, humanity, and a whole host of other things. Are you ready to face this new world? Are you panicking? Well, this is no time for Christians to panic… or to be depressed. Nor should Christians ever live in denial about the world around us. We have the ultimate hope, the best promise, and the most steadying truth! Christ is King! God is sovereign! The Gospel is true! And eternal glory is certain for all those who love and trust Christ!
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  • Oct 9, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    Oct 9, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    The “Culture War” is over… and conventional moralistic values did not win. While you may certainly still find like-minded friends who affirm your view of morality, this group is smaller today; and it will be smaller tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren, their friends and their heroes, are now (or soon will be) totally out of step with your views of the world, humanity, and a whole host of other things. Are you ready to face this new world? Are you panicking? Well, this is no time for Christians to panic… or to be depressed. Nor should Christians ever live in denial about the world around us. We have the ultimate hope, the best promise, and the most steadying truth! Christ is King! God is sovereign! The Gospel is true! And eternal glory is certain for all those who love and trust Christ!
  • Oct 2, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Sinners Washed and Owned
    Oct 2, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Sinners Washed and Owned
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ confronts us in our lawlessness, and it mocks us in our legalism. However, I believe it is quite easy to show that we still tend towards both – lawlessness and legalism – even if we have a pretty good understanding of the Gospel. God’s Word tells us of the Good News that saves the guilty, the Good News that shapes the broken, and the Good News that satisfies our soul. May God help us to understand afresh what it means that God graciously washes sinners and He owns the ones He has washed.
  • Sep 25, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    Sep 25, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    What is manhood? What is womanhood? These questions are controversial in our day for multiple reasons, but at the outset we must be prepared to confront the reality that terms like “man” and “woman” are themselves becoming controversial. We shall explore the ultimate cause of gender confusion and look to the Scriptures for answers to some of the most important and applicable questions we will ask in our lifetimes. In this message we explore questions like, "What is a man?" "What is a woman?" and "How shall we live as Christ-following men and women in a culture that finds the gender binary almost as offensive as the exclusivity of the Gospel message itself?"
  • Sep 18, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    Sep 18, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    People have always tried to deal with shame. We distract ourselves, we medicate ourselves, we seek sometimes to punish ourselves, and we even try to hide ourselves. Feelings of shame and guilt are as common today as they have ever been, and those who are willing to take an honest look at themselves will most certainly be confronted by shame. There is both good news and bad news in the Scripture for us. May God enable us to leave darkness without shame today.
  • Sep 11, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Sep 11, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Nearly everyone understands that they are not as they should be. Many self-help tips and “new” systems are offered as a way to remake ourselves, peddling hope based on personal efforts and actions. However, the Bible cuts right through all of this noise, and tells us something we do not want to hear. We are broken. We are ever so much more broken than we even realize. In today’s American culture, there is much time and talk given to indulging in “natural” desires. But God’s Word speaks a different report. Our desires may be natural to us, unconsciously arising from within, but this does not mean those desires are not distorted affections. In this message, we will seek to understand what Jesus has said on this matter and how He has promised to reorient our distorted affections.
  • Sep 4, 2016Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Sep 4, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Our culture has experienced a sexual revolution. Of course, homosexuality is not the first or only part of that revolution, but it is a major part of it today. Christians who think that they can simply avoid this subject are foolish. Also foolish are those Christians who try to speak about this subject without first thinking long and hard about what is biblically faithful. Therefore, we are addressing a subject that is of great concern to our culture generally and to our church family specifically. Our aim to think biblically, speak thoughtfully, and act graciously.