Jan 28, 2018
God is for Us…
The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul's gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)"God is for Us...".
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  • Jan 28, 2018God is for Us…
    Jan 28, 2018
    God is for Us…
    The letter to the churches of Rome stands unique among most of Paul’s writing. Unlike his other letters which are often written to address situations in the church and most often to churches that Paul has personal experience with; Romans is written to people who are largely unfamiliar with Paul. Now we need not think that the churches in Rome had never heard of Paul, but Paul had no physical connection with the believers in Rome. He did not plant a church there, nor was he the first to take the gospel to the city. Yet Paul is writing to these believers at least in part because he desires their help for further ministry. Therefore, the letter becomes a way for Paul to introduce himself as well as the gospel he has been proclaiming throughout the churches. So, as we read Romans there is a very good possibility that are reading a manuscript of sorts of Paul's gospel proclamation. And in fact, looking through the letter, Romans clearly declares the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul's sermon begins with a proclamation of the power of the gospel (1:16-17) Then from 1:18-3:20, Paul outlines the sinfulness of all mankind as well as their inability to save themselves. (3:20): “For by works of the Law, no flesh will be justified” Paul then states the wonderful truth of justification through faith in Christ (3:21-4) And then from chapters 5-8 Paul describes the tremendous outcomes of being justified through faith in Christ, and it truly hits a crescendo in chapter 8 which opens with the magisterial declaration, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 ESV)"God is for Us...".
  • Jan 21, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY
    Jan 21, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY
    “Gospel” is a word frequently used in our day. Someone might speak of “gospel truth” or sing “gospel music,” and many Evangelical churches are placing a heavy emphasis on “gospel-centered” or “gospel-focused” ministries. However, it is clear that all of this talk about the “gospel” has not done much to proclaim or illuminate the actual content or implications of the Gospel. However, Gospel clarity is an essential mark of a healthy local church. In this message, we shall articulate what the Gospel is, and we shall consider several diagnostic questions to assess whether we (both as individuals and as a church family) are clear on the Gospel. "WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | GOSPEL CLARITY".
  • Jan 14, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING
    Jan 14, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING
    Don’t you love Christian doctrine? What?! You don’t get excited about doctrine? If you are like most Christians in the Western world, then you probably don’t have a high or adoring view of doctrine. But doctrine is the life-blood of a healthy local church, and thus it is the substance of every healthy Christian. Doctrine, when it is sound, is stabilizing, invigorating, and nourishing. In this message, we shall consider sound doctrine as a mark or feature of a healthy local church. May God help us be healthier and more faithful as we seek to love and know Him well."WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | BIBLE-SHAPED THINKING".
  • Jan 7, 2018WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING
    Jan 7, 2018
    WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING
    Is preaching outmoded and outdated, or is there some value left in preaching still? Pastor Marc argues that preaching has more than just some value. In this message, we shall begin a new series on the marks or features of a healthy church. The first and most important of these is Expositional Preaching. In fact, healthy churches delight in expositional preaching, because healthy churches delight in God and His Word."WE ARE THE CHURCH: MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH | EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING".
  • Dec 31, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS
    Dec 31, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS
    While the Bible is full of savory promises and comforting affirmations, it also contains unpalatable and pain-inducing things. In this message, we shall consider Jesus’ warning and entreaty regarding His own promise of life and freedom. His exclusivity is in stark contrast to the ideology of tolerance in our day, but His logic is persuasive and His promise of grace is supremely desirable. May God help us to humbly heed His warning and affectionately follow His lead."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | INTOLERANT JESUS".
  • Dec 24, 2017ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE
    Dec 24, 2017
    ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE
    Series: Advent
    The story of Christmas is profound. This narrative is not just seasonally significant, it is life-transforming all year round. In this sermon audio, we will tell the story of Christmas in the context of Christ’s ultimate work upon the cross. Because this Savior came to die, guilty sinners like us have hope that we may live. Selected readings from Scripture, several quotes from insightful theologians, and Pastor Marc’s own commentary provide the content of this joy-filled telling of the Christmas story. May the light of Christ shine through those who see and love Him today."ADVENT | CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SERVICE".
  • Dec 17, 2017ADVENT | MAKING PEACE
    Dec 17, 2017
    ADVENT | MAKING PEACE
    Series: Advent
    The third week of Advent usually emphasizes peace. This theme, like the others before it, is far-reaching and profound. Peace is the desire of every hope-filled person who laments the condition of the world today. Peace is the longing of every despairing sinner who knows the inevitable justice of God is ever-approaching. In this message, we shall consider the making of peace through Jesus Christ, both personally and universally. May we come to know the true peacemaker, entering into His peace now and anticipating His peace that is still yet to come. "ADVENT | MAKING PEACE".
  • Dec 3, 2017ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Dec 3, 2017
    ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE
    Series: Advent
    Advent is from the Latin adventus meaning “coming.” Advent is traditionally a time when Christians memorialize the coming of Christ in His incarnation and anticipate Christ’s imminent return as cosmic judge and king. There are various themes and traditions involved with the Advent season, but the most common is the systematic lighting of 5 candles as part of an Advent wreath. Each candle is representative of a theme or concept related to anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus Christ. Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the word- themes most commonly associated with the first four candles. Each is lighted in succession over the span of 4 weeks, and the fifth candle is traditionally lighted on Christmas day. The last candle symbolizes Christ Himself, and its lighting becomes the final memorial of the Christmastime expectation and celebration."ADVENT | DAWN OF HOPE".
  • Nov 26, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Nov 26, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS
    Most people usually do not enjoy talking about or even admitting their weaknesses. “Ask me about what I can do, not what I cannot.” However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only good news to those who realize that they are helplessly weak. The beauty of the Gospel is also the offense of it. In this message, we shall observe Jesus healing a man born blind, and we shall consider the intended metaphor for spiritual eyes. May God grant us grace to admit our blindness, and may He give us new eyes to see. "JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | BENEFITS FROM BLINDNESS".
  • Nov 19, 2017JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Nov 19, 2017
    JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE
    Many people have a favorite memory of those loved ones who have died. We all like to remember certain things about people we know, and we may even create nicknames based on a single experience with a friend. All of this is good fun, and it is often a helpful way to enjoy our relationships with others. However, Jesus Christ deserves more than a passing memory or thought. He is supremely glorious, mercifully humble, and incomparably holy. Though we may be tempted toward a flat picture of Jesus, we shall observe in this passage that Jesus is much too glorious for such a childish view."JOHN: THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE | THE HUMBLE & GLORIOUS JUDGE".