May 22, 2016
Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
Abraham is known as the Father of the Faithful because he is a good example of trust and obedience. God promised and commanded, and Abram trusted and obeyed. Though Abram did not perfectly obey, his trust is exemplified again and again. Abram’s nephew, Lot, on the other hand exemplifies a trust in himself and a love for this world. In Genesis 13 we are given a picture that acts much like a mirror, and we are wise to look intently upon what we see here. If we are to be sober- minded followers of Christ, we will do well to learn from mistakes and seek God’s power to avoid them. In this message, we see how freedom can actually lead to ruin. 
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  • May 22, 2016Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    May 22, 2016
    Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    Abraham is known as the Father of the Faithful because he is a good example of trust and obedience. God promised and commanded, and Abram trusted and obeyed. Though Abram did not perfectly obey, his trust is exemplified again and again. Abram’s nephew, Lot, on the other hand exemplifies a trust in himself and a love for this world. In Genesis 13 we are given a picture that acts much like a mirror, and we are wise to look intently upon what we see here. If we are to be sober- minded followers of Christ, we will do well to learn from mistakes and seek God’s power to avoid them. In this message, we see how freedom can actually lead to ruin. 
  • May 15, 2016Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    May 15, 2016
    Genesis | Responding to God’s Word
    In Abram, God provides a beginning of blessing for all future generations. Interestingly, Abram is a picture of trust and obedience, both because he is quite ordinary and because he is exemplary. Abram, like all who hear the promise of God, was called out from among a worldly people to an eternal blessing that could not be measured. Just as Abram imperfectly trusted and obeyed God’s command of promise, so too are we called to walk in like manner. Our response to God’s Word is eternally decisive, and Abram helps us see what a right response looks like.
  • May 1, 2016Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    May 1, 2016
    Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    Sinful thoughts, words, and deeds are prevalent in our world today, so we should not be surprised to find them throughout the pages of Scripture. We are, however, often surprised to find these sinful things in the lives of those who we perceive to be among the heroes of the story. We have tendencies both to gaze upon forbidden sin and to pretend it is not as pervasive as it truly is. This account in Genesis forces us to acknowledge the depth of human depravity, to understand the need for humility, and to remember the sovereign and glorious blessing of God. 
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | Explosive Evidence For Creation
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | Explosive Evidence For Creation
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | Blind To The Obvious
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | Blind To The Obvious
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 24, 2016Creation Sunday | The Creation Foundation
    Apr 24, 2016
    Creation Sunday | The Creation Foundation
    Western culture today is not certain about much. Who can make absolute statements about morality, history, or truth? In this unfettered society, there seems only one certainty held among our postmodern contemporaries. Carl Sagan put is succinctly when he said, “The cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.” This, of course, is a statement about our universe and our world. The claim is simply an affirmation that there is no God, no supernatural creative activity, and no providential power. This starting point is utterly contrary to the Biblical worldview, and these differing trajectories travel massively different paths. It may come as a surprise, however, that the Biblical worldview finds evidential support outside of the Bible as well as within. In this message Bruce Malone makes an introductory case for a Biblical worldview.
  • Apr 17, 2016Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    Apr 17, 2016
    Genesis | Conspicuous Grace
    The Rainbow is a display of beauty and joy. Young eyes and old ones light up at the sight of the colorful bow in the sky. And yet, as wondrous as it is to us, the rainbow has likely aroused less joy and peace in our hearts than it was designed to do so long ago. God set this bow in the clouds in order to remind humanity of His promise of grace, and this is far more joyous than appreciating the beauty of the heavenly sign. For millennia now, God has made good on His promise to never again judge the world by flood waters, and we should recognize such grace in humility. Yet, there is more effectual grace still and a more extensive promise that should seize our attention and cause our hearts to leap. The Cross of Christ reminds us that God has judged sin and offered salvation to all who trust in Him.
  • Apr 10, 2016Genesis | Salvation through Judgment
    Apr 10, 2016
    Genesis | Salvation through Judgment
    Many people who have any familiarity with Christian beliefs are quick to point out God’s gracious salvation. When confronted with their own sin and guilt, they may proclaim, “God forgives!” This is certainly true, but this is not the whole of it. In the Bible, we are given a view to God’s pattern of dealing with sinful humanity. God always saves and judges simultaneously. God regularly brings a great salvation through (or in the midst of) agonizing judgment. The Flood of Noah’s day exemplifies this pattern, and we may benefit from its warning and its promise.
  • Apr 3, 2016Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    Apr 3, 2016
    Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    In Genesis 4 we are confronted by the painful and heartbreaking reality of human nature. While our first parents (Adam and Eve) were created without sin, their children were born into a world that had been scarred by their actions. That first sin’s fallout was more awful than they could have imagined, and humans have continued to see those effects through the ages. In the depths of sin’s nastiness, we may still see the bright light of God’s promise to save those who trust in Him. It may be difficult to admit that we are no better than our sinful ancestors, but we may find great hope in the same promise they heard from the Word of God – there is a Savior!
  • Mar 27, 2016Easter | The Crux of Christianity
    Mar 27, 2016
    Easter | The Crux of Christianity
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most polarizing message of all time. It may divide mother and child, brother and sister, and many other significantly attached individuals. The Gospel is the message about Christ, but it is far more extensive than most imagine. From the beginning of time, God has been moving human history towards a purposeful end. Christ is the key figure in this overarching plan, and human sinners are the beneficiaries of His incomparable work. Christianity may be perceived as more than the simple Gospel, but one is foolish to think that it is anything other or less. In this message we consider the crux or essence of Christianity and the value of God’s wisdom, which we find only there.