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.
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  • 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.
  • Apr 3, 2016Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    Apr 3, 2016
    Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    In Genesis 4 we are confronted by the painful and heartbreaking reality of human nature. While our first parents (Adam and Eve) were created without sin, their children were born into a world that had been scarred by their actions. That first sin’s fallout was more awful than they could have imagined, and humans have continued to see those effects through the ages. In the depths of sin’s nastiness, we may still see the bright light of God’s promise to save those who trust in Him. It may be difficult to admit that we are no better than our sinful ancestors, but we may find great hope in the same promise they heard from the Word of God – there is a Savior!
  • Mar 27, 2016Easter | The Crux of Christianity
    Mar 27, 2016
    Easter | The Crux of Christianity
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most polarizing message of all time. It may divide mother and child, brother and sister, and many other significantly attached individuals. The Gospel is the message about Christ, but it is far more extensive than most imagine. From the beginning of time, God has been moving human history towards a purposeful end. Christ is the key figure in this overarching plan, and human sinners are the beneficiaries of His incomparable work. Christianity may be perceived as more than the simple Gospel, but one is foolish to think that it is anything other or less. In this message we consider the crux or essence of Christianity and the value of God’s wisdom, which we find only there.
  • Mar 20, 2016Genesis | Teams and Their Captains
    Mar 20, 2016
    Genesis | Teams and Their Captains
    Are there really only 2 kinds of people in the world? Well, you may be surprised that the Bible actually says there are. It might not be what you would think, but the Bible divides everyone into two categories, and it does so right from the beginning. The hard truth is that there is no middle ground or third way, but the gracious reality is that God does not pick teams based on a person’s ability, intelligence, or even goodness. So, what are the teams, and who are the captains? This is the stuff of Genesis.
  • Mar 13, 2016Genesis | The Trajectory of Sin
    Mar 13, 2016
    Genesis | The Trajectory of Sin
    When we observe the world around us and consider the actions of humanity, there emerges a pattern. The same kinds of things occur, and the same kinds of reactions ensue. Humans fail, err, and disappoint. Then humans try to cover up their failures, run from their errors, and blame someone or something else for the disappointment they have caused. This trajectory is common because it is the established sinful pattern from the very beginning. When we look to Adam and Eve in the Garden, we may understand this trajectory and how God initiates a new course. Let us find both humility and hope in this groundbreaking event of human history
  • Mar 6, 2016Genesis | An Autopsy of Sin
    Mar 6, 2016
    Genesis | An Autopsy of Sin
    Sin is part of the human experience in our world today. This is beyond rational dispute. However, it is wise to ask some questions regarding the “Why” and “How” we arrived at such a miserable state. The primary question in an Autopsy is “What is the cause of death?” In this message, we will seek to understand the underlying causes of the first human sin in an attempt to understand “How” and “Why” humans continue to sin. Of course, the Gospel of Jesus Christ also has much to say about a fantastic solution as well.
  • Feb 28, 2016Culture and Christianity | The Anchor Holds
    Feb 28, 2016
    Culture and Christianity | The Anchor Holds
    The promises of God are trustworthy and sure. The Bible is clear on the matter, and Christians know it to be true, but life in this world has a way of blurring and confusing everything. “Has God actually said?” or an equally important question, “Will God actually deliver?” If we are honest about what goes on between our ears, then we are likely to admit our own practical doubt about questions like these. Doubt is no virtue, and the consistent admonition in the Bible is to trust God at His word. Indeed, trust is the antidote for fear, worry, and doubt.
  • 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.