Oct 23, 2016
Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
In Genesis 37 we dive into the story of Joseph. Joseph is an interesting character in his own right, but he is exceptionally interesting as we begin to understand that Joseph is also meant to throw our eyes upward towards Christ. Joseph suffers great defeat and wins victory through the most unlikely set of circumstances. As we see the events of Joseph’s life unfold, we are also able to see incredible parallels to the life of Christ. Jesus Christ is the ultimate victorious sufferer, and He conquers death by dying. We learn here that God is telling the story of Jesus, long before He actually reveals the fullness of the unlikely Savior.
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  • Oct 23, 2016Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    Oct 23, 2016
    Genesis | An Unlikely Savior
    In Genesis 37 we dive into the story of Joseph. Joseph is an interesting character in his own right, but he is exceptionally interesting as we begin to understand that Joseph is also meant to throw our eyes upward towards Christ. Joseph suffers great defeat and wins victory through the most unlikely set of circumstances. As we see the events of Joseph’s life unfold, we are also able to see incredible parallels to the life of Christ. Jesus Christ is the ultimate victorious sufferer, and He conquers death by dying. We learn here that God is telling the story of Jesus, long before He actually reveals the fullness of the unlikely Savior.
  • Oct 16, 2016Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    Oct 16, 2016
    Genesis | A Tragic Legacy
    In every sermon, we try to ask and answer the question, "What does God intend to teach us by including this passage in sacred Scripture?” In some passages this question is easy to answer, and in others it is a not quite so simple. Sometimes, the answer to such a question is very difficult. Genesis Chapter 36 is probably not widely read among most Christians, and it is even less widely understood. However, there is actually a very profound and thoroughly biblical message here for those who will hear it. First, there is an obvious (at least once you slow down enough to consider it) contrast between Esau’s worldly success and Jacob’s lack thereof. And second, the contrast between worldly power and God’s rule that far exceeds it is a major theme throughout the Bible. In this message we will discuss Esau’s example and the implications of it on our lives.
  • Oct 9, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    Oct 9, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Your Friends & Family Need You
    The “Culture War” is over… and conventional moralistic values did not win. While you may certainly still find like-minded friends who affirm your view of morality, this group is smaller today; and it will be smaller tomorrow. Your children and grandchildren, their friends and their heroes, are now (or soon will be) totally out of step with your views of the world, humanity, and a whole host of other things. Are you ready to face this new world? Are you panicking? Well, this is no time for Christians to panic… or to be depressed. Nor should Christians ever live in denial about the world around us. We have the ultimate hope, the best promise, and the most steadying truth! Christ is King! God is sovereign! The Gospel is true! And eternal glory is certain for all those who love and trust Christ!
  • Oct 2, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Sinners Washed and Owned
    Oct 2, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Sinners Washed and Owned
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ confronts us in our lawlessness, and it mocks us in our legalism. However, I believe it is quite easy to show that we still tend towards both – lawlessness and legalism – even if we have a pretty good understanding of the Gospel. God’s Word tells us of the Good News that saves the guilty, the Good News that shapes the broken, and the Good News that satisfies our soul. May God help us to understand afresh what it means that God graciously washes sinners and He owns the ones He has washed.
  • Sep 25, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    Sep 25, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    What is manhood? What is womanhood? These questions are controversial in our day for multiple reasons, but at the outset we must be prepared to confront the reality that terms like “man” and “woman” are themselves becoming controversial. We shall explore the ultimate cause of gender confusion and look to the Scriptures for answers to some of the most important and applicable questions we will ask in our lifetimes. In this message we explore questions like, "What is a man?" "What is a woman?" and "How shall we live as Christ-following men and women in a culture that finds the gender binary almost as offensive as the exclusivity of the Gospel message itself?"
  • Sep 18, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    Sep 18, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    People have always tried to deal with shame. We distract ourselves, we medicate ourselves, we seek sometimes to punish ourselves, and we even try to hide ourselves. Feelings of shame and guilt are as common today as they have ever been, and those who are willing to take an honest look at themselves will most certainly be confronted by shame. There is both good news and bad news in the Scripture for us. May God enable us to leave darkness without shame today.
  • Sep 11, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Sep 11, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Nearly everyone understands that they are not as they should be. Many self-help tips and “new” systems are offered as a way to remake ourselves, peddling hope based on personal efforts and actions. However, the Bible cuts right through all of this noise, and tells us something we do not want to hear. We are broken. We are ever so much more broken than we even realize. In today’s American culture, there is much time and talk given to indulging in “natural” desires. But God’s Word speaks a different report. Our desires may be natural to us, unconsciously arising from within, but this does not mean those desires are not distorted affections. In this message, we will seek to understand what Jesus has said on this matter and how He has promised to reorient our distorted affections.
  • Sep 4, 2016Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Sep 4, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Our culture has experienced a sexual revolution. Of course, homosexuality is not the first or only part of that revolution, but it is a major part of it today. Christians who think that they can simply avoid this subject are foolish. Also foolish are those Christians who try to speak about this subject without first thinking long and hard about what is biblically faithful. Therefore, we are addressing a subject that is of great concern to our culture generally and to our church family specifically. Our aim to think biblically, speak thoughtfully, and act graciously.
  • Aug 28, 2016Genesis | A People From A Man
    Aug 28, 2016
    Genesis | A People From A Man
    A mass of humanity is represented in Jacob, and he is truly the father of a nation. Many individuals became a notable people, and they all may trace their origin to this man. Like Jacob, Adam is also a man from whom a people have emerged. Humanity owes its origin to this one man. Adam, however, is not usually viewed in positive light, because his representation of humanity was the quintessential bad representation. And yet, there was a “second Adam” who represented humanity well. Jesus Christ is the better representative, and He too creates a people for Himself. Those who love and trust in Christ, are a people from a man, and we shall consider the depths of this profound reality in this message.
  • Aug 21, 2016Wisdom Begins With Respect
    Aug 21, 2016
    Wisdom Begins With Respect
    The average person is unlikely to say that they do not want to be wise, but the average person is also unlikely to do anything in pursuit of real wisdom. This contradiction provides the very evidence of lacking wisdom among many people today. There are many intelligent and many experienced people around us, but we are often amazed when we encounter someone with wisdom. What is wisdom? Do some people just have it, while others don’t? How can we improve our own level of wisdom? And, where does the Gospel fit into all of this? These are the questions we seek to answer in this message from the opening verses of Proverbs.