Sermons

Stop, Drop, and Roll
Sun, May 06, 2018
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. - Luke 10:30 (ESV) One thing that amazes me about Jesus is his ability to see through all the smoke screens that people would put up especially religious people. Religious folk, like us, are great at using our faith as a shield to avoid love and action. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great example of that kind of deflection. This week we have the privilege to have John Gerhardt with us. John is the director of Urban Impact ministry in NOLA. We have supported and ministered alongside John and the team there for many years. He will be opening up the word to this parable and he will be jumping in with the worship team. It should be a great morning!
The Nature of Faith
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. - Romans 4:22–24 (ESV) Have you ever doubted your faith? What made you doubt? What did you do with those doubts? Have you ever talked about them? Often in the church we treat doubt with disapproving frown and even scold people for asking questions. Some think this is the right thing to do because we should have solid, sold-out faith. In fact the passage that we are going to look at in Romans this week seems to display Abraham as an example of unfaultering faith. But was he? Didn't he wonder and question? Didn't he even think he needed to help out God to fulfill his promises? So what do we do with that? Join us this week as we explore the nature of saving faith in Romans 4:17-25. Why not take a few minutes before Sunday to read though Romans 4?
Justification - A Case Study
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, Romans 4:5 (ESV) Recently, I've had a little bit of "windshield time." During these drives I enjoy listening to podcasts especially those that explore a story. My most recent listen involved an experiment to understand the most complex issue involved in space travel, humans. This case study explored the interactions of six people simulating life on Mars for a full year by being sequestered to a living space no bigger then a two-car garage. Sound fun? These case studies provide data and allow researchers to develop general principles from specific incidents. This week we are going to look at a case study of Justification by Faith. In the text of Romans 4, Paul takes us out of the clouds. He displays how God worked out the principles, we have seen in Romans 3 in the life of Abraham, the father of faith. If the last few weeks have felt a bit 'ivory-tower' theologically-speaking, get ready for a some on-the-ground theology as we journey with a guy who struggled to understand and trust the promise. What does this tell us about justification? How can we see his faith? How does this help us live a life of faith? To prepare your heart and mind for Sunday, I'd encourage you to take some time and read through Romans 4 and why not invite a friend to join you?
Justification - Part 2
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:22–24 (ESV) If I was born in a different age I think I would have been either a mad scientist or a crazy inventor. It is fun for me to figure out how things work, take them apart, and put them back together. (Usually, I can get them back together). There is a value in understanding how things work. Over the next few weeks that's exactly what we are going to do. Except we won't be taking apart an engine or clock but something more important, valuable, and eternal. As we continue through Romans we will be looking at how God provides salvation. How does it take sinners and enemies and make them righteous? How does it do this without violating His character? It's gonna be a beautiful exploration of God's work. You don't want to miss it.
Justification - Part 1
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:22–24 (ESV) If I was born in a different age I think I would have been either a mad scientist or a crazy inventor. It is fun for me to figure out how things work, take them apart, and put them back together. (Usually, I can get them back together). There is a value in understanding how things work. Over the next few weeks that's exactly what we are going to do. Except we won't be taking apart an engine or clock but something more important, valuable, and eternal. As we continue through Romans we will be looking at how God provides salvation. How does it take sinners and enemies and make them righteous? How does it do this without violating His character? It's gonna be a beautiful exploration of God's work. You don't want to miss it.
Who is this Jesus?
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. - Matthew 28:5–6 (ESV) The resurrection displays the satisfaction of God in the sacrifice of Christ. It shows His power over Satan, sin, and death. This Sunday we will celebrate that we worship a risen Christ! We will be looking at Matthew's account in Matthew 28:1-10.
Tenebrae 2018
Fri, Mar 30, 2018
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. - Luke 23:33 (ESV) We will have our annual Tenebrae service. This is a somber service filled with scripture, music, and readings. The solemnity of this service sets the stage for the celebration of the resurrection.
Misson and the Gospel
Wed, Mar 28, 2018
How does the gospel not just become a personal thing but sends us outward?
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