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.
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  • 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.
  • Dec 6, 2015Advent | The Picture pf the Promise in the Passover Lamb
    Dec 6, 2015
    Advent | The Picture pf the Promise in the Passover Lamb
    Series: Advent
     
  • Nov 29, 2015Advent | Creation, Fall, and Promise
    Nov 29, 2015
    Advent | Creation, Fall, and Promise
    Series: Advent
    Christmas is a time of expectancy and celebration. Traditionally, many have enjoyed anticipating and commemorating the arrival of Jesus Christ by way of methodically recalling all that led up to the first Advent of Christ. Advent simply means “coming,” and we celebrate the Jesus’ first coming during the Christmas season. We want to remember that Christ’s coming was not unexpected for some who experienced it, but His arrival had been predicted for centuries. This message is the first of 4 that are designed to recall how God promised a Savior from the very beginning and reiterated that promise throughout history. It all started with Creation, and everything picked up speed from there.
  • Nov 15, 2015A Unity Worth Fighting And Working For
    Nov 15, 2015
    A Unity Worth Fighting And Working For
    Series: Titus
    One would be hard-pressed to find a group that claimed to be a Christian church that also denied that the Gospel of Christ is at least a significant focus of their group. However, Gospel unity is actually quite rare – even in churches across America. Groups may gather around this theme or that cause; they may celebrate something, but frequently the Gospel is vague or outright rejected. Even in churches in which the Gospel is a noticeable message, there may be little effort at fighting to maintain any real Gospel unity. Genuine Gospel unity is a prized thing indeed! It produces transformed lives, progressively shapes entire communities, and it is worth fighting for.
  • Nov 8, 2015New Life & New Identity
    Nov 8, 2015
    New Life & New Identity
    Series: Titus
    Human nature, now corrupted after the fall of the first man, is much more sinful and desolate than most of us would like to admit. What does the natural man think of God? How does the natural woman view those things that are truly good? What is the natural posture of every human towards God’s good authority? Your answers to these questions will color what you think of many other things. God’s grace is one of those things that will arouse some kind of reaction from all people. Some will think little of it; others will cling to God’s grace as though there were nothing more important in the entire universe. Who you are now has much to do with who you once were and the perceived value you place on God’s grace. This passage seeks to pull back the curtain to reveal human nature, God’s good grace, and the glorious inheritance that awaits all those who place their confidence in Christ.
  • Nov 1, 2015Authority, Civility, & Consistency
    Nov 1, 2015
    Authority, Civility, & Consistency
    Series: Titus
    Authority is a word that evokes all sorts of emotion in contemporary Americans. We undoubtedly have a strong aversion to the general idea of authority over us, yet we live with the constant reality of it. Christians have an even more complicated relationship to this concept, for Christians maintain a citizenship to another world as they pass through this one. All of this is enough to create the most complicated problems for someone attempting to understand his or her responsibility to relate to authority. This passage says much about authority, and there is much for us to learn about our relationship to authorities – both in the Church and in the world. Let’s trust God’s wisdom over our own, and hear what He would say to us about our obligations and privileges today.
  • Oct 25, 2015The Appearance of Grace and Glory: Motive for Godly Living
    Oct 25, 2015
    The Appearance of Grace and Glory: Motive for Godly Living
    Series: Titus
    The appearing of Christ’s grace and glory are both quite underrated in many circles today. Often, those who are expected to think most of Christ’s gracious appearing actually consider it only rarely. Even more astounding is the reality that Christ’s glory is routinely overlooked. So many Christians are fixated upon the here and now, and they have embraced John Bunyan’s “Vanity Fair” instead of being repulsed by it. It seems that regularly remembering the appearing of Christ’s grace and consistently awaiting the appearing of Christ’s glory will radically affect the day-to-day living of many Christians. This passage is loaded with doctrine and surprisingly practical for Christian living.    
  • Oct 19, 2015Decorating The Gospel With Our Lives
    Oct 19, 2015
    Decorating The Gospel With Our Lives
    Series: Titus
    Once again, Paul’s letter to Titus proves to be keenly relevant to our American culture today, even though we are separated by centuries. Here we are forced to recon with a Gospel that demands and changes our lives. We are invited to give ourselves as a decorating gift to the One who has given so much to us. Christians are able to live free from the condemnation that inevitably comes from sinful disobedience, and Christians are able to call attention to the person and work of Christ. The genuine goodness of their magnetically ordinary lives should decorate the message of grace they proclaim.
  • 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.