Sermons 2015

  • The Warrior of Heaven – Isaiah 63 • 27 Dec 2015 • God’s complexity is our hope, in that His Word reassures us and His openness welcomes us. We see God’s future promise in Isaiah 62:8 and His disturbing vision of the victorious warrior King in 63:1-6, and in 63:7-14 we see His past record of being a loving God to a backward people, His goodness carrying us and His Spirit keeping us.
  • Your New Name – Isaiah 62 • 20 Dec 2015 • God’s work is going to be accomplished. God proving how he loves us broken sinners by pouring out grace on us through His Son Jesus Christ. God gives us a new name, Hephzibah, “my delight is in her.” God says if you are in Christ He delights in you. We broken sinners have been restored for Zion’s sake.
  • Beauty for Ashes – Isaiah 61 • 13 Dec 2015 • Jesus stood up in the synagogue and read from Isaiah 61. He read to the middle of the sentence and then closed the book at the comma. Why? Because this whole era of history in which we live is in that comma.
  • Future Glory – Isaiah 60 • 6 Dec 2015 • In this passage Isaiah is getting a glimpse of the new heaven and new earth. Our future in glory will be a material one. God created us to be involved in a cultural world. He created us for work, relationships and to enjoy beauty, art, music, writing etc. Our future will be worshiping God and doing His work!
  • We Grope the Wall like the Blind – Isaiah 59 • 22 Nov 2015 • God is the divine warrior who is displeased with injustice in this world. Putting on a breast-plate of righteousness and a helmet of salvation, he goes out to ‘repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes.’ The Christian’s duty is to go into battle against Christ’s enemies with the whole armor of God. His enemies are our enemies.
  • Artificial Righteousness – Isaiah 58:1-14 • 15 Nov 2015 • We are here to be a people to build a church where God has placed us; we’re here to build a worshiping community for all people through the gospel that brings personal conversion, small group fellowships, social justice where it is failing, and cultural reformation to our community here in Central Florida.
  • Comfort for the Contrite – Isaiah 57:14:21 • 1 Nov 2015 • Suffering will make you more selfish or more humble. If you are suffering, you are at a fork in the road. You can get angry or you can realize you were never in control – God is. You can humble yourself and know that God must be the very center of your life and He is all you need.
  • Blind Watchmen – Isaiah 56:9-57:21 • 25 Oct 2015 • This passage shows a picture of bad leadership. Israel’s leaders were watchmen for the people but they were blind, dumb, and lazy. It also gives words of judgement on the people because they were worshiping out of ritual and not a transformed heart. Don’t practice your faith to satisfy your desires, but instead the key is self-surrender.
  • An Everlasting Name – Isaiah 56 • 18 Oct 2015 • This whole passage is about being a people, a community. This is a community that is living in light of the future, ultimate salvation, that final new heavens and new earth. We are to be a community that is a foretaste, a sign, a mini-version of that perfect human community of peace and love and justice that God is finally going to reconstitute totally and fully, the whole earth, at the end of time.
  • My Word Shall Succeed – Isaiah 55:6-13 • 11 Oct 2015 • Man in his sin is separated from God. The bridge that spans the gulch is the Word of God. God’s word is like the rain that waters the dry ground—it shall not return empty. It will always accomplish His purpose and it will succeed!
  • The Great Invitation – Isaiah 55 • 4 Oct 2015 • Three questions about Isaiah 55:1-3: 1. Who are the invited? 2. What are they offered? 3. What do we do to get the benefits? Listen to this week’s sermon to find the answers!
  • Enlarging our Tent – Isaiah 54 • 27 Sep 2015 • Isaiah 54 is a love song from God to Zion, His estranged bride, telling her all the things He will do in restoring her. God is faithful to His promise to restore us to Himself through Christ.
  • Our Substitute – Isaiah 52:13-53:12 • 20 Sep 2015 • The entire cause of Jesus’ suffering lies in substitution and satisfaction. Jesus shifts our blame to Himself, bears our sin, takes our punishment and guilt. He satisfies the justice of God which demands that sin be punished.
  • Why do we have Ears on the Outside of Our Heads – Isaiah 51 • 13 Sep 2015 • God calls his people to listen. The one who hears the Lord listens obediently to the Lord’s servant. Take time to look back and see how God has been faithful, how He has worked and delivered as we listen to Him.
  • The Weary are Sustained by God – Isaiah 49-50 • 30 Aug 2015 • When you are struggling, God answers with a picture of Jesus and points us to His love. We are to wait in Him knowing it is God who sustains us through all situations.
  • Not With Swords Loud Clashing – Isaiah 49 • 23 Aug 2015 • How does God respond to His people when they cry out to Him? He stops and listens to them and points them back to Himself to look at what He has done— “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
  • Appearances May Be Deceiving – Isaiah 48 • 16 Aug 2015 • In all the turbulence of life, God is teaching us and leading us forward. Even in our unwelcome experiences, Christ is present. Remember that God disciplines his children and that his discipline is a sign that we are His.
  • Nebo, Bel and the gods of Our Age – Isaiah 46-47 • 9 Aug 2015 • If you define yourself by idols, they’ll make you as artificial as they are. But there is a real Savior. God has real remedies for your real needs. At the point where you are most weary, he wants to bear your burden for you by his strong grace.
  • Shout it from the Rooftops – Isaiah 45 • 2 Aug 2015 • When everything around you seems to be falling apart, the picture of God’s sovereignty is an incredible encouragement. Questions of sincere faith during difficult times: What is your purpose in this? How do I grow in this? What is it that will bring you glory here?
  • American Idols – Isaiah 44 • 26 Jul 2015 • Idolatry dishonors God, misleads man, and God abhors our idols! Instead we need a heart that is thirsty for God. The way to see revival and get rid of our idols is by genuine repentance. In verses 21 and 22 Isaiah tells us to remember and return.
  • God’s Way to Reformation – Isaiah 43 • 19 Jul 2015 • Are you suffering from Spiritual Sensory Disability? Have you lost your hearing, sight and the ability to respond to God’s leading? Spiritual Sensory Disability leads to disobedience in missions, but God’s grace is sufficient. You are redeemed, and your trials will not overcome you!
  • Behold My Servant – Isaiah 42 • 12 Jul 2015 • This passage is looking forward about 200 years to the coming of the Messiah. It reveals Jesus as God’s servant (fully man) who has the Spirit of God upon him. We see the Spirit in Him throughout His life on earth and in His character – Quietness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Strength.
  • The Case for the Prosecution – Isaiah 41:1-20 • 5 Jul 2015 • In this passage we see reassurance for the believer in 4 Biblical truths: 1) the Doctrine of Election, 2) The presence of God, 3) The Power of God, and 4) God is our Redeemer.
  • Strength Like an Eagle – Isaiah 40:27-31 • 28 Jun 2015 • God is everlasting, trustworthy and knows all about us. We can wait on Him with patience and strength knowing He is working His purposes in our lives, our nation and the world!
  • Behold Your God! – Isaiah 40:12-31 • 21 Jun 2015 • God’s power lies behind the most trivial of things, like a sparrow that falls or the growth of a Lilly. If God can remove mountains and command the sun to stop shining, he can take care of all your needs, however small.
  • God’s Glory, Our Comfort – Isaiah 40 • 14 Jun 2015 • In this passage we see God’s goodness, tenderness and power. He prepared the way for the Savior. We don’t receive the full punishment for our sin because Jesus took it upon Himself in our place.
  • Grace for Real People – Isaiah 38 • 7 Jun 2015 • There is always a reason for the existence of sorrow, pain and suffering. Both King Hezekiah and Paul prayed over their afflictions and God answered them. They both knew God’s answer was best for them according to His sovereign will.
  • Desperate Faith – Isaiah 37:8 • 31 May 2015 • God is not a means to an end, but the worthy end of all things. When you pray, don’t just pray your human agenda, but pray that God would be made known and be glorified through your struggles. God’s sovereign purpose is good news for you.
  • Living on the Cutting Edge – Isaiah 36:1-37:7 • 24 May 2015 • In whom do you now trust? This is the key question from this passage. God wants us to trust Him with a daring faith. A faith that calls us to a radical kind of obedience. Ask God, “What step of obedience do You want me to take right now, in this circumstance?”
  • Grace in Unexpected Places – Isaiah 34-35 • 17 May 2015 • God’s judgment on creation is scheduled. Outside of Christ there is no peace. But there is salvation for those who are His. We must understand God’s judgment in order to realize our need of a Savior.
  • Repenting of our Repentance – Isaiah 33 • 3 May 2015 • Isaiah 33 shows us we need to quit trying to rescue ourselves, but instead we should pour out our troubles and fears to the Lord, remind ourselves of His promises and power, repent of our false repentance and live a life that is holy and set apart for Him.
  • An Offer of Restoration – Isaiah 31-32 • 19 Apr 2015 • Isaiah tells us “You don’t need to run off to any Egypt. God will save you.” He is our protection, provider, shelter and rock. Our part is to be open to the Spirit. The lordship of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit are the secret power of God’s people, and nothing else is!
  • Why Roll the Stone? – John 20:1-31 • 5 Apr 2015 • The stone wasn’t rolled away to convince skeptics or so Mary could see inside. It was rolled away so that you might believe, the faith of the faithless be secured, and the faithful sent out to spread the good news of the gospel.
  • A Shelter in the Time of Storm – Isaiah 30:18-32:20 • 22 Mar 2015 • If the Lord is not your “One Thing” then the thing that is your “One Thing” will become your Lord. Cast off your idols like a soiled garment. God’s greatest gift to us in our affliction is Himself – His presence and immediacy. The Lord should be your “One Thing.”
  • Battling the Unbelief of Impatience – Isaiah 30 • 15 Mar 2015 • Battle the unbelief of impatience by using the promises of God to persuade your heart that God’s timing, guidance and sovereignty are going to take this situation and make something eternally valuable out of it.
  • God’s Power on God’s Terms – Isaiah 29 • 8 Mar 2015 • We are encouraged in this chapter to pursue authentic worship not pious blasphemy. We should worship from the heart but remember the sovereignty of God and even Israel’s unbelief didn’t neutralize God’s power nor can our American atheistic ideas limit Him.
  • Developing Ears to Hear – Isaiah 28 • 1 Mar 2015 • In Isaiah 28, the prophet used historical examples to demonstrate the disastrous results of self reliance. We should trust God to provide everything we need, big and small. Do we put our trust in God, or do we search for security in our bank account, government, etc.?
  • The Future Glory of the Church – Isaiah 27 • 15 Feb 2015 • God restores, transforms and disciplines His people. He leads us from judgment to something far greater – Salvation from the ultimate destruction. Isaiah 27 is an encouragement to the saved and a warning to those who are not.
  • God Reigns Over the Nations – Isaiah 25-27 • 8 Feb 2015 • The remnant are called to sing praise to God for what He has done. He is faithful to the plan made long ago, He helps the helpless.
  • The Merciful Winds of Judgment – Isaiah 24 • 1 Feb 2015 • The judgment is universal, cataclysmic, and affects all classes of people. Its cause is sin. But following the judgment, there is a remnant restored.
  • The Valley of Vision – Isaiah 21-23 • 25 Jan 2015 • God is able to bring redemption in our corruption. He wants to re-create our lives out of the secret corruption we try to keep concealed! Jesus is able to redeem our prostituted hearts to be useful in God’s kingdom. We can and should be engaged in culture – redeeming it – not withdrawing from it or subordinating to it. We should be salt and light to a fallen world!
  • God is in Control – Isaiah 13:1-20:6 • 18 Jan 2015 • We can see 3 primary truths in this passage: 1. God is opposed to the proud. 2. God reigns in unchallenged sovereignty. 3. Look to Jesus. God is sovereign and involved in all of history. He has the final word and all of life is fulfilling God’s purpose.
  • The Origin of Evil – Isaiah 13-14 • 11 Jan 2015 • There is hope in the midst of evil. What was a judgment on the Babylonians was also a blessing of deliverance for God’s people. He uses evil to purify, build and strengthen His church.