Sermons

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?
Enter the King
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” - Matthew 21:9–11 (ESV) Our world and the Biblical world are separated by time, geography, and culture. It's hard for us to read our Bibles and understand them sometimes because of the distance. We have tried at times to bridge that gap with flannel graphs, pictures, and movies, but to be honest often those obscure more than they clarify. This distance from the Biblical world comes into focus when we think about leaders and governments. Democracy has ruined us. We choose our leaders, but we set limits on their power. We remove those we don't like for better options. Even today in other places, that isn't the case. In other places your position is in your birthright. Power is clustered in families. At the death of a monarch another is crowned, but is that the worst thing? This week we look at the events of Palm Sunday. To set these in context we will see God's purpose and plans and man's failure throughout the ages. I'd encourage you to read through Matthew 21:1-11 to set the stage for the events we will talk about. We have the privilege to have Maggie Lovell, a professional harpist and Bruce & Pamela Grove's daughter with us. (She will be playing a recital @ Hope in April) Maggie will be playing several pieces and playing with our team. Plan to be there (even a little early!)
Heart Idolatry and Faith
Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Aren't idols just statues far away? I don't have them? Right?
Lessons from a Broken Heart
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.- Psalm 73:1–3 (ESV) Is there really any profit to being good? Following God seems like a thankless, difficult, unprofitable path sometimes. It seems easier, less painful, and frankly more fun to be bad. Especially in difficult times it's easy to feel this way. This Sunday our friend, Byron Yawn from CBC Nashville will be in town to teach us about suffering through looking at Psalm 73. He can teach us this not just from scripture but from his own experience.
Final Verdict
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10–12 (ESV) Are you a half-empty or half-full kind of person? Are you an optimist or pessimist? Reading through Romans 1-3 you would think that Paul is a pessimist? The picture isn't pretty on any side when he considers mankind. However, I don't think he would have seen himself as a pessimist but a realist. He's not positive or negative, he's just describing what is. This week we finish up the final verses of this section, and the picture of our condition doesn't get any better. Take a few minutes to read through Romans 3 to see his description to prepare your heart and mind to worship together.
Repentance
Wed, Mar 07, 2018
What is a life of repentance?
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