Jan 18, 2015
One True Gospel : Part 2
Series: Galatians
While the Bible could not be clearer about the exclusivity of the Savior, the main character of the story the Bible tells, sinful humanity is inclined towards disbelief and confusion on matters of gravest importance.  The Apostle Paul addressed this kind of truth-distorting activity in his day, and we are the beneficiaries of the godly wisdom he articulates.  In the end, the question he raises is of upmost significance.  "Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?"  Well... Which is it for you?
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  • Jan 18, 2015One True Gospel : Part 2
    Jan 18, 2015
    One True Gospel : Part 2
    Series: Galatians
    While the Bible could not be clearer about the exclusivity of the Savior, the main character of the story the Bible tells, sinful humanity is inclined towards disbelief and confusion on matters of gravest importance.  The Apostle Paul addressed this kind of truth-distorting activity in his day, and we are the beneficiaries of the godly wisdom he articulates.  In the end, the question he raises is of upmost significance.  "Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?"  Well... Which is it for you?
  • Jan 11, 2015One True Gospel : Part 1
    Jan 11, 2015
    One True Gospel : Part 1
    Series: Galatians
    At some point in the recent past (less than 15 yrs, and shorter is likely), Paul had been missionary and church planter to the people of Galatia.  He labored hard for the sake of the Gospel among them, and much fruit was gained because of it.  Now he becomes aware that the Galatian Christians are dabbling in a common early church error (common to our day too – with slight adjustments to the standard). Paul's approach and clarity are helpful for us today, because his stark contrast of the Gospel of Christ with anything else is a clear reminder of what is at stake - nothing less than the eternal salvation or damnation of humans.  Let us be careful and vigilant as we look to the Gospel of God and the Christ who saves.
  • Jan 4, 2015Beginning With The Foundation
    Jan 4, 2015
    Beginning With The Foundation
    Series: Galatians
    Paul's letter to the church or churches of Galatia is a straightforward one. He clearly contrasts the Gospel with any other work or works that one might attempt in order to get to God. It is not difficult to understand the words he uses or the concepts to which he points. It is extremely difficult, however, to die to our own selfish ambition and trust in the finished work of Christ alone for our eternal salvation. In this message we will see that Paul begins his letter with a brief and clear proclamation of the Gospel and his authority under Christ to make this message known.
  • Dec 28, 2014The Final Judge Of All
    Dec 28, 2014
    The Final Judge Of All
    If you were to ask the average church attender to name the 'roles' or 'offices' of Jesus Christ, it would be very unlikely that Judge would be mentioned among the list.  It seems that many Christians would not even be aware that Jesus Christ is the final judge of all humanity, and some would even be offended at the idea.  The only 'Jesus' many know is one who is passive, indiscriminate, and naïvely loving.  This, however, is not the Jesus of the Bible – it is only the product of unchecked and biblically illiterate imaginations.  Jesus is now King, and He will be the final judge of all.  This is both incredibly terrifying to the sinner and wonderful beyond compare for the saint.  
  • Dec 21, 2014Christmas Message : Peace On Earth
    Dec 21, 2014
    Christmas Message : Peace On Earth
    The birth of Jesus Christ is packed with significance and adorned with imagery. One may spend a lifetime analyzing and dissecting the themes and nuances of this grandiose event, but it does seem that Peace would consistently surface as an overarching motif. Peace is wrought by God Himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the pinnacle of this ancient story begins to unfold when God declares “Peace” from the mouths of angels and men. 

     

  • Dec 14, 2014The Ascension and Glorification
    Dec 14, 2014
    The Ascension and Glorification
    It is rare to hear a preacher speak long about the Ascension of Christ. One may be hard pressed to remember when he or she has ever heard a sermon about this aspect of Jesus' work. I admit my own neglect of this matter for most of my ministry, but in recent years it has stirred my affections and garnered my attention. The work of Christ would be incoherent and inconsequential without key aspects of it, and the ascension of Christ as King and Lord is one of those essential aspects. Jesus is now both Lord and Christ! He is the ascended King of glory and the reigning Lord of all! In addition to these, Jesus Christ is the interceding Priest for all those He calls His own. This is a tremendous comfort for all those who notice their own inability to persevere in their mortal strength. May God cause our hearts to rejoice at the rediscovery of this apex of Christ's work - the Ascension.
  • Dec 7, 2014Do You Really Trust The Bible?
    Dec 7, 2014
    Do You Really Trust The Bible?
    In our culture today, it is quite common for a person to disregard the Bible, as though it has no real binding authority on their lives or choices.  This is a terrible reality, but what is worse is that many churchgoers claim to believe that the Bible is God's holy Word, and yet they live and act just the same as those who disregard it.  Is the Bible God's Word, or isn't it?  It seems clear to me that the Bible is indeed God's Word.  There are plentiful resources available for further investigation of this claim, but my concern in this message is calling every Christian to live in light of their own profession.  Because the Bible is the Word of God, we must think, speak, and act accordingly.  Just exactly what this means and looks like is the subject of this message.
  • Nov 30, 2014The Cross of Christ : Reconciliation Received
    Nov 30, 2014
    The Cross of Christ : Reconciliation Received

    The cross icon has become a symbol with various meaning.  To some, the cross is a fashion statement; to others, the cross indicates religious belief; and to others still, the cross evokes thoughts of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  The cross of Christ is certainly more meaningful than a jewelry piece, and what actually transpired on a first-century hill outside of Jerusalem has cosmic implications.  The Apostle Paul wrote about reconciliation that was to be enjoyed by all those who looked to the crucified Christ as both Savior and Lord.  The term 'Reconciliation' itself implied a kind of relationship that was once hostile, broken, and troubled.  The Bible has much to say about how sinners may be reconciled in their relationship with God, and the cross of Christ is the focal point of it all.

  • Nov 23, 2014The Resurrection of Christ : Jesus Conquered Death
    Nov 23, 2014
    The Resurrection of Christ : Jesus Conquered Death
    The murder of Jesus of Nazareth is one of the most well known events of human history.  It may be safe to say that no other person has died with such an audience...  Not at the moment of His death, but over the course of history, more people have observed this single execution than any other.  The method of Christ's death, however, was not necessarily unique; many people died by Roman crucifixion.  Jesus Christ's death is the pinnacle of human history because He alone has conquered death - and permanently so.  He was raised in power and vindicated by God the Father.  This event has massive implications for all humanity, and it is at the crux of the Christian Faith.
  • Nov 16, 2014The Crucifixion : Jesus is our Substitute
    Nov 16, 2014
    The Crucifixion : Jesus is our Substitute

    The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been a popular topic for discussion, books, and even movies.  Millions of people, in the recent past, viewed a movie about this gruesome event depicting the carnal brutality that is crucifixion.  When Jesus' crucifixion is mentioned it evokes thoughts and images of tremendous physical agony, but the Bible actually provides very little detail about what Jesus' crucifixion actually looked like.  Additionally, millions of people have been crucified - possibly hundreds of thousands by the Romans alone.  The method by which Jesus was murdered is not unique and the Bible lacks emphasis on many details of it.  Why, then, is this single event such a focus of human history?  Why has this moment become the pinnacle of Christian emphasis?  The significance of the cross of Christ is in the divine intentionality of it.