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. 

 

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  • 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.

  • Nov 9, 2014The Arrest, Conviction, and Sentencing of God
    Nov 9, 2014
    The Arrest, Conviction, and Sentencing of God
    Many people know that the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of Jesus Christ was a terrible ordeal.  However, some people may not understand the tremendous irony of the whole event or the reality that most of us can relate pretty well to those who acted most repulsively.  It is easy to sit in judgment over others when we look upon their terrible actions and intentions, but it may be that our own lives are not all that different by comparison.  It seems odd to think that the creator of the universe was ever on trial in a court of men, and it seems even more strange to think that He was convicted and sentenced to death by His own creation. 
  • Nov 2, 2014Dealing With Death
    Nov 2, 2014
    Dealing With Death
    Most of us avoid thinking about death until we are forced to do so.  Someone we love is unexpectedly taken from us in a painful moment of grief, we hear a dreadful diagnosis from our own medical doctor, or we watch our elderly relatives and friends slowly drift from vibrant life to uncharacteristic inactivity.  Death is an odd topic because we all would avoid ever thinking of it if we could, and yet we all must face the reality that death will be part of our own personal experience.  Our contemporary culture offers a particular perspective of death, and the Bible offers another.  Death is never good, it is always bad, but it does not have to be trivialized or feared by those who are in Christ.
  • Oct 26, 2014The Last Supper : Jesus is the lamb of God
    Oct 26, 2014
    The Last Supper : Jesus is the lamb of God
    The meal widely known as the Last Supper has been the focus of literary, artistic, and theological works.  It is understandable that so much attention would be devoted to this single moment in human history and in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.  The setting of the scene is steeped in historical significance, and we are told that that it occurred on the "day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed" (Luke 22:7).  In order to begin to understand the weight of what Jesus says during the course of this meal, we must understand the purpose of the meal as it began that historical night.  When we gain a better perspective of God's provision of grace amidst His own judgment against sin, we will better understand why it is amazing that Jesus Christ is THE "Passover Lamb" (1 Cor. 5:7).
  • Oct 19, 2014The Teaching of Christ : I Am
    Oct 19, 2014
    The Teaching of Christ : I Am
    When Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." His statement was groundbreaking (Jn 14:6).  Jesus Christ's message to all who heard Him was interestingly original and incredibly consistent with the message God had been sending to humanity from the very beginning (Gen. 3:15; Gal. 3:8-9).  Jesus made several assertions known as the "I am" statements.  He called Himself the door, the good shepherd, and the light of the world.  All of these are significant, and Jesus seems to always say much with fewer words.  There are tremendous implications for this short statement from the voice of Jesus, and there is good reason for us to think more carefully about how we hear and understand it.