Sermons

Chapter 2

Sola Gratia: By Grace Alone
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
Duration:56 mins
No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born. (Ezekiel 16:5 ESV) To be honest, some passages of scripture are hard to read. Not because they contain a lot of names or places you can’t pronounce or can’t find, but because you see yourself in them so clearly. And what you see isn’t pretty. Looking in the mirror is hard to do. And when that exposure comes at the depth of our soul it can be frightening and depressing. But to honestly deal with ourselves and our standing before God, we must stare into the face of sin. For me, Ezekiel 16 is one of those passages. It chronicles the birth, growth, maturity, and betrayal of the nation of Israel. In their experience I see my own heart wandering and worshiping things other than God. It’s a sad but true indictment of our true status. I want to encourage you to take a look. Don’t skim the details and don’t point fingers but accept the reality of what it reveals. What makes this chapter even more amazing to me is how it ends. So don’t get stuck in the middle. Read this all the way to the end because the ending begs the question, ‘Why in the world would God act like this to such a people?’ This week, in our 5 Solas series, we will look at Sola Gratia (latin for Grace Alone). That passage gives you a little clue as to why.
Peace
Sun, Dec 09, 2018
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” - Luke 2:13–14 (ESV) During this season we see the word 'Peace' beautifully adorned cards and pictures. We echo the words of angels as we sing about peace. We watch the peaceful snow-covered scenes in the movies of the season. We fantasize about experiencing those moments in one of the most frantic, busy, stress-filled times of the year. What ever happened to Peace on Earth? This week as we continue to approach advent we consider this idea of Peace. What were the angels really talking about? How do we find this peace? Is it just something for the Christmas season? Take some time and read through Ephesians 2 which will be our text for Sunday. See if you can find that peace.

Chapter 4

This is Us
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -- Philippians 1:3-6 (ESV) How do you feel about your spiritual life? I’ve never heard anyone answer this question with a fully positive answer. We might be frustrated with our lack of prayer or bible reading. We recall our failures to speak with grace or to love the unlovely. We run through our minds all the opportunities squandered to communicate the gospel. It’s in those moments I turn to the Philippian 1 verses. In these verses, there is hope in Christ. We are in the midst of His work that He will complete. When I widen my gaze to Hope Church, I’m grateful that these verses don’t just apply to me individually, but corporately. This is God’s church, his bride. He will do His work. He will complete it. This week, I want to take a step back and consider Hope. Who are we? What are we about? What do we believe? If you are new to Hope, my desire is to give you a better understanding about your church. If you have been around Hope for a while, I hope this will re-focus us on our core commitments as a church. This will also give us a chance to consider what is ahead. Plan to be with us.
Powered by: truthengaged