Mar 1, 2015
Our Joy in God’s Glory
For the vast majority of Americans today, personal happiness is the chief and highest goal. "What makes me happy?" is the question that defines morality, purpose, and even truth. Regrettably, this kind of thinking is pervasive both inside and outside of the church. One might assume in such a cultural climate that the Bible teaches something akin to God's assistance for every Christian in achieving the American Dream. However, the message of Christianity is actually in stark contrast to such an idea. Temporal happiness is the antithesis of God's promise for believers. Instead, all who glory in God alone may possess Joy – real and lasting Joy. 
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  • Mar 1, 2015Our Joy in God’s Glory
    Mar 1, 2015
    Our Joy in God’s Glory
    For the vast majority of Americans today, personal happiness is the chief and highest goal. "What makes me happy?" is the question that defines morality, purpose, and even truth. Regrettably, this kind of thinking is pervasive both inside and outside of the church. One might assume in such a cultural climate that the Bible teaches something akin to God's assistance for every Christian in achieving the American Dream. However, the message of Christianity is actually in stark contrast to such an idea. Temporal happiness is the antithesis of God's promise for believers. Instead, all who glory in God alone may possess Joy – real and lasting Joy. 
  • Feb 8, 2015An Unlikely Pedigree
    Feb 8, 2015
    An Unlikely Pedigree
    Series: Galatians
    At the end of the first chapter of Galatians we find a peculiar story from a man greatly used by God. It is peculiar, not because it was strange for him to say what he said, nor because he said something that is hard to understand. It is peculiar precisely because it is plain and straightforward. It is peculiar because it is the opposite of what one might expect from the mouth or pen of a contemporary American Christian leader (or follower). Paul goes out of his way to list his lacking connections and his tremendous social baggage, and this to prove his Gospel authority. He is uninterested with people of prestige, unhindered by absent acclaim, and only concerned with the congruent content of the Gospel message. Professing Christians today might learn a thing or two from Paul's example here.
  • Feb 1, 2015“We exist for God’s Glory”
    Feb 1, 2015
    “We exist for God’s Glory”
    Very many churchgoers today, and those who are not interested in organized religion, have a very low view of God and an exaggerated focus upon themselves.  This is not new, and outside of the church this is to be expected, but it is agonizingly regrettable that this misappropriation of emphasis and focus has become commonplace inside of the Christian church.  It is the basest human sin to exchange the glory of God for some lesser counterfeit, yet every human is meant to find supreme satisfaction in the glory of God.  Additionally, every local church is commissioned to be a bastion of God-glorifying individuals in covenant community together.  We exist, as does everything, for the glory of God.
  • Jan 25, 2015The Gospel of God
    Jan 25, 2015
    The Gospel of God
    Series: Galatians
    With kindness and solemnity, the Apostle Paul was calling his Christian brothers and sisters back to the Gospel.  The story of Jesus Christ is rightly called good news because it claims that God has demonstrated supreme love and grace in the person and work of Christ.  This message is not the invention of man, nor is man the object of it.  Rather God is the author, keeper, and focus of this exceptionally good message.  The Gospel is also the plumb line for Christian fellowship, and it carries the power to save sinners as well as preserve them.
  • 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.