Feb 21, 2016
Genesis | Naked and Unashamed
Nakedness is a term associated with exposure, and rightfully so. The Bible uses the term to describe physical as well as moral exposure. To be morally uncovered is to have one’s goodness (or lack thereof) on display. In the Garden of Eden, we are told, Adam and Eve were utterly exposed and without shame. Conversely, the universal experience of their posterity has been far different. In fact, it seems the more we are exposed the more shame we feel. This feeling of shame may actually be a gift of grace, however, and the Gospel offers guilty sinners a marvelous covering indeed. From where does our shame come? And, What hope does the Gospel bring to shameful sinners?
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  • Feb 21, 2016Genesis | Naked and Unashamed
    Feb 21, 2016
    Genesis | Naked and Unashamed
    Nakedness is a term associated with exposure, and rightfully so. The Bible uses the term to describe physical as well as moral exposure. To be morally uncovered is to have one’s goodness (or lack thereof) on display. In the Garden of Eden, we are told, Adam and Eve were utterly exposed and without shame. Conversely, the universal experience of their posterity has been far different. In fact, it seems the more we are exposed the more shame we feel. This feeling of shame may actually be a gift of grace, however, and the Gospel offers guilty sinners a marvelous covering indeed. From where does our shame come? And, What hope does the Gospel bring to shameful sinners?
  • Feb 14, 2016Genesis | The First Wedding Ceremony
    Feb 14, 2016
    Genesis | The First Wedding Ceremony
    Marriage is a matter of incredible importance, but it has become politicized in America to such a degree that the institution has lost any objective definition. The cultural climate of our day is marked by a decline of personal responsibility and fidelity, and these are certainly having a dramatic impact on the institution of marriage. As Christians strive towards living in light of biblical standards they will inevitably appear more and more peculiar. This definite departure from worldly patterns is quite distinguishable on the matter of marriage, but all is as Christ told us it would be. May God help us to live by His design and for His glory. 
  • Feb 7, 2016Genesis | Boy? Girl? Does It Matter?
    Feb 7, 2016
    Genesis | Boy? Girl? Does It Matter?
    There are few subjects today that are as sure to cause tension as the subject of gender. Is gender assigned or is it felt? Is there any difference between girls and boys? If there are differences, should we encourage them or discourage them? What should anyone do or say about the growing American minority who seem bent on deconstructing the concept of gender so franticly that it is becoming impossible to use terms like “mom,” “dad,” “brother,” or “sister?” All of these questions cannot begin to quantify the uncertainty in our culture today regarding the concept of gender. Sadly, the local church is no safe haven from the confusion. However, the Bible actually says much that should assist us. This message seeks to understand God’s design for beautiful gender complementarity.
  • Jan 31, 2016E Pluribus Unum
    Jan 31, 2016
    E Pluribus Unum
     It is not uncommon for local churches to be perceived as appealing to people of a certain a niche. Maybe this church is known as the “traditional church that values truth and conveys reverence.” Maybe that church is known as the “relevant church that makes the ‘un-churched’ and the ‘de-churched’ feel welcome.” Or maybe another church is known as the “caring church that makes a difference for good in their community.” Individuals can often be drawn to churches that champion causes that interest them, and the inevitable result of such market-driven Christianity is (at the very least) segregation and stifled growth. God has gifted individuals with varying gifts from others, and the local church is to be a Mosaic – not a blank wall.
  • Jan 17, 2016Genesis | The Imago Dei: God’s Special Creation
    Jan 17, 2016
    Genesis | The Imago Dei: God’s Special Creation
    The Imago Dei is a technical phrase that simply means the “Image of God.” This phrase labels a foundational Christian truth, which seeks to answer some fundamental questions about humanity. “Who is man?” “What is human dignity, and how is such a thing defined?” Of course, not all Christians have answered these questions exactly the same, but the Bible is very informative. Not only does the Bible proclaim that man is the image of God, it also articulates some of the necessary conclusions that must be drawn from the reality of this truth. Christians seeking to know themselves, understand their relationship to God and others, and engage the culture will do well to explore this important subject.
        
  • Jan 10, 2016Genesis | Creation in Poetic Form
    Jan 10, 2016
    Genesis | Creation in Poetic Form
    The book of Genesis is beautiful, fascinating, and powerful. In the opening chapter, the reader is confronted by the God who creates, designs, and speaks. Additionally, for the interested Bible reader, the stage is arranged in masterful display, so that all that occurs from here will take place with this amazing backdrop. One of the major elements of this opening scene is the Word of God. His Word is powerful, with no possibility of constraint. His Word is effective, with no conceivable futility or error. Therefore, the sinner can trust God when He speaks life to a dead soul and brings light to the darkness of the sinner’s heart.
  • Jan 3, 2016Genesis | Worldviews Collide
    Jan 3, 2016
    Genesis | Worldviews Collide
    ‘Worldview’ is an uncommon term in many churches today. And yet, the primary role of every pastor and church family is to cultivate, encourage, and pursue a biblical worldview. Use of the word itself is unimportant, but the concept it represents is essential to ordinary Christian development. What is a worldview? How is a biblical worldview different from any other? What does God say about my responsibility concerning this matter? How might I cultivate, encourage, and pursue a biblical worldview? This message begins our study of the book of Genesis, and seeks to answer questions like these. The biblical worldview trajectory is immediately distinguishable from all others.
  • Dec 27, 2015Christmas | Peace On Earth
    Dec 27, 2015
    Christmas | Peace On Earth
    God has promised peace with and for sinners from long ago. Some hear this promise and think little of it, and others listen only to the part they want to hear. All humanity is sinful, guilty, and accountable to God, but there is peace and rest for those sinners who love and trust the steadfast Promise Keeper. One man, named Simeon, embodies the kind of anticipation and celebration we all should possess when we come to know the One through whom God has made peace. Those who presume upon or abandon God’s promise are without hope for such peace, but those who trust in the Prince of Peace may enjoy the peace He brings forevermore.
  • Dec 20, 2015Advent | The Promise Of Day In The Darkest Of Night
    Dec 20, 2015
    Advent | The Promise Of Day In The Darkest Of Night
    Series: Advent
    Malachi spoke to a disillusioned, discouraged, and doubting people. They seemed unable to harmonize their life experiences with the prophetic promises of God. Rather than enjoying a glorious Messianic age, they were impoverished, oppressed, and cynical about God and His promises. Malachi’s words confront these skeptical people who are living out their skepticism. Bad thinking and believing has turned into bad acting and living. This confrontation and encouragement is applicable in our day as well. One might well argue that American Christianity has become quite similar to the people of God to whom Malachi spoke.
  • Dec 13, 2015Advent | The Picture pf the Promise in the Passover Lamb
    Dec 13, 2015
    Advent | The Picture pf the Promise in the Passover Lamb
    Series: Advent
    The God of the Bible is the ruler of history. From the very beginning of creation, He has been making promises and making good on them. One of the major promises of God in the Bible is that there would be (and now is) an eternal and human King who rules all things with both justice and grace. The Old Testament is full of allusions to these promises, and the New Testament is very interested in showing that Jesus Christ fulfills them. This alone is a fascinating story line, but it is truly enthralling when one considered that repentant sinners are also promised intimate union with this same King.