Sermons 2016

  • What Child is This? – Matthew 1:18-25 • 18 Dec 2016 • This portion of Matthew offers a picture of faith, but more than that it is an account of the acts of the triune God. The Father’s plan of redemption had begun its climactic phase: The Spirit fashioned life in the womb of Mary and finally, the eternal Son had entered the world of humanity.
  • The Christmas Journey – Luke 2:1-7 • 11 Dec 2016 • What does the crude and unwelcome poverty of Jesus’ birth tell us about the way of salvation? It shows us the depravity of our sin; how unwelcome Jesus is to us until God reveals him to us as our Savior. It also shows us the humanity of Jesus. The God of the universe was born as a baby, taking on all the limitations of our physical existence.
  • The Visitation – Luke 1:39-56 • 4 Dec 2016 • Mary modeled faith for the church. She modeled a saving faith is belief plus trust that issues in a proper calmness of heart and mind, leading to total dependence on Christ and then flaming into activity and producing a life of service.
  • Gabriel’s Approach – Luke 1:26-38 • 27 Nov 2016 • In this passage we learn of Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, his message to her, and her reaction and response. Mary is a model of belief and discipleship.
  • Why we can Rejoice in Suffering – 1 Peter 4:12-19 • 20 Nov 2016 • As Christians we can expect and even rejoice in suffering. If you are being persecuted for Christ, it is evidence you belong go Him. Rejoice, keep on rejoicing, and commit yourself to God.
  • The End is Near – 1 Peter 4:7-11 • 13 Nov 2016 • Jesus Christ is reigning and He will return one day. While we wait, Peter tells us to be sober-minded and self-controlled, show sincere love and hospitality, and to serve one another.
  • Suffer – 1 Peter 4:1-6 • 6 Nov 2016 • Last week we looked at the beginning of chapter 4 and how we really have two ways to live, either for Christ or against Him. We are challenged to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, which is only possible because Jesus Christ himself took on flesh and suffered for us so he might do the will of God. Because Christ has loved us so, we are able to let go of earthly passions and be forgiven when we don’t, in order to live by and for the Gospel.
  • Strengthened to Suffer: Christ, Noah, and Baptism – 1 Peter 3:18-22 • 30 Oct 2016 • We heard last week about 5 ways Peter prepares us for suffering . 1)Remember that Christ suffered 2)Christ has triumphed and brought us safe to God. 3)Remember the days of Noah. 4) Know the meaning of Baptism 5) Look for Christ as God’s right hand, ruling over all. Remember Jesus reigns at God’s right hand and you are under him. You can do nothing without his permission. Stand firm believers. Stand firm in this faith.
  • Keep Calm and Be Zealous – 1 Peter 3:13-17 • 23 Oct 2016 • By reverencing and honoring Christ in your hearts, you will always be ready to make a case for the hope that is within you. How do you reverence and honor Christ? Keep yourself content in the promises of God and spend time in His word feeding your soul.
  • Reconcilable Differences – 1 Peter 3:8-12 • 9 Oct 2016 • Peter has named five characteristics of the life that brings blessing: like-mindedness, sympathy, brotherly love, compassion, and humility. These are virtues that like the fingers on a hand, radiate from on center and work together. That center is grace: they reflect the grace, love, and compassion of Jesus Christ.
  • Amelia Bedilia and the Daughters of Sarah – 1 Peter 3:1-7 • 2 Oct 2016 • In our marriages, we should demonstrate the love of Jesus that is revealed in the Scriptures and be considerate and understanding. Wives, do you consider your heart in your adornment, not just your external person? Husbands, do you live with your wife in an understanding way as equal partners and partakers of glory?
  • Be Prepared for Motion Sickness – 1 Peter 2:21-25 • 25 Sep 2016 • As Christians we will suffer and face difficulties, persecution and hardship. How do you deal with this “motion sickness?” Fix your eyes on the reality of Christ. He has called us to suffer because He has suffered for us. We follow Christ in the manner in which He endured suffering.
  • Gracious Submission – 1 Peter 2:18-21 • 18 Sep 2016 • This passage tells us to be in subjection to those in authority over us in the workplace. Peter tells us to do this whether the boss is kind and gentle or harsh. Why? One purpose is so that the “master” might come to the point of knowing the Lord as their Savior.
  • Gracious Living II – 1 Peter 2:13-17 • 11 Sep 2016 • Authority proceeds from the Trinitarian God of the Bible. There is submission in the Trinity and God intends for us to live in submission to authority also. In this passage, Peter talks about submission to every human institution and particularly about submission in government.
  • Gracious Living – 1 Peter 2:11-12 • 4 Sep 2016 • We are to live counter-cultural lives. This means we do it all differently. We deliberately and consciously filter all of life by this single principle: Will this glorify God?
  • A Spiritual House – 1 Peter 2:4-10 • 28 Aug 2016 • Architecture has struggled to mitigate the effects of the fall. But the city is a poor substitute for the Garden of Eden. Architecture performs, at best, the role of a fig-leaf, covering humanity’s exposure. In the end, it is, perhaps, not so much a cure as it is an expression of humanity’s homesickness.
  • The Blood Jesus – 1 Peter 1:19-21 • 14 Aug 2016 • What does Spiritual growth look like? Are you heaping up a pile of bricks, doing good works just to add a brick to the pile, or are you living with the internal reality that it is something gradual, like a Tulip growing organically from a seed to a flower?
  • Lamb of God – 1 Peter 1:17-21 • 7 Aug 2016 • Non-conformity is a result of imitating God’s character. Non-conformity takes seriously the knowledge of God’s coming judgment. Our understanding of the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb leads to non-conformity.
  • HOPE – 1 Peter 1:13-16 • 17 Jul 2016 • Hope is always ready. To set your hope is to believe the gospel. It is our response to God’s work. Hope is also holy. We are set apart by God and for God and are wholly obedient to Him.
  • Suffering Now… Glories to Follow – 1 Peter 1:10-12 • 10 Jul 2016 • The Christ of glory is the Christ of the gospel. He suffered first, then entered into His glory. So must we. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are exempt from suffering, but that now you have something that enables you to rise above it.
  • Splendor in the Furnace – 1 Peter 1:6-9 • 3 Jul 2016 • A primary purpose of trials in the Christian’s life is so that your faith may be proved genuine. “…so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
  • Forging Links into the Chain – 1 Peter 1:3-9 • 19 Jun 2016 • As exiles in a pagan society we should be driven to love God and worship God knowing that we are protected by the power of God through faith. We are able to step out in faith trusting that God himself has salvation secured. We are secure by believing in God and His almighty power.
  • Have You Lost The Wonder? – 1 Peter 1:3-5 • 12 Jun 2016 • I was dead in trespasses and sins, blind to spiritual things and in utter spiritual darkness. I was self-willed, had no repentance in my heart and no faith. BUT blessed be to God—and God alone—all praise and glory to His name, who by His great mercy caused me to be born again!
  • A Dispatch to the Aliens 2 – 1 Peter 1:1-2 • 29 May 2016 • We are foreknown and chosen by God the Father. We are the objects of his love and concern from all eternity. Our relationship with Him was planned/determined before the foundation of the world! These ideas should be the deepest comfort in times of struggle and persecution.
  • A Dispatch to the Aliens – 1 Peter 1:1-2 • 22 May 2016 • 1 Peter was written during a time of intense persecution of Christians and his audience is to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion.” His purpose is to give encouragement and hope to the believers: our hope is anchored not in this world, but to our heavenly home.
  • The Parable of the Net – Matthew 13:47-52 • 15 May 2016 • The time is coming when He will make a separation…between those who know the King and are subjects of the king, and know the Lord Jesus Christ and those who don’t. “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous.” Matthew 13:49
  • Treasures – Matthew 13:44 • 8 May 2016 • The glory and treasure of the gospel is this: we do not do a thing to lay hold of it. Jesus does all that is necessary. We receive his rule and blessings by grace alone, through faith alone. The treasure of the kingdom is the gospel of the kingdom— and the gospel is that Jesus Christ is the substitute for sinners.
  • Good Seed – Matthew 13:24-30 • 1 May 2016 • So Jesus says, “For a minute, stop thinking about the revolution you’re thinking about. For a minute, imagine a world without sorrow, hatred, or grief. Imagine a world without poverty, sickness, or injustice. Imagine a world without racial strife or loneliness. Imagine a world like that. That’s what I’m here to bring. ” What Jesus is bringing (and has brought) is much better than what they or you or I could even imagine!
  • Little Ones to Him Belong – Matthew 19:13-15 • 10 Apr 2016 • Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus loves children. He creates each one, has sympathy and tender affection for them. This is a principle of ministry God has used in His church. A church should love and nurture its children.
  • O to Grace How Great a Debtor – Matthew 18:21:35 • 3 Apr 2016 • Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answers Peter’s question with a parable. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.
  • Cut to the Heart – Acts 2:22-41 • 27 Mar 2016 • A Christian is someone that has been “cut to the heart” by the Spirit of God. The Spirit convicts you of the truth and death of Christ. The Spirit gets you to think seriously about Jesus and it cuts you all the way to the heart – to the core.
  • The King’s Reception – Matthew 22:1-14 • 20 Mar 2016 • The wedding banquet is prepared. The guests are invited. Are you prepared to join the feast with the all-important, appropriate wedding clothes?
  • Parable of the Soil – Matthew 13 • 6 Mar 2016 • A parable is a real life story from which spiritual truths are drawn. What is your heart like? The path, the rocky field, the thorny field or the good soil. What will you do with the true Word of God?
  • What the Road to Hell is Paved With – Isaiah 66:15-24 • 28 Feb 2016 • The outcome of your rejection of God will be God’s eternal rejection of you, because rejecting His free salvation is rejecting Christ. All you have to do to go to hell is stay upon your present course of self-salvation. Hell receives those who imagine themselves good; Jesus receives those who know themselves to be sinners.
  • Lady Zion – Isaiah 66:7-14 • 21 Feb 2016 • Identify with your church. Let your loyalty be obvious through thick and thin. Why? Your life depends upon it. It is Lady Zion’s children who will drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance forever.
  • Worship: The Missing Jewel – Isaiah 66:1-6 • 14 Feb 2016 • True worship is listening to God’s Word with a longing to hear, a desire to believe, and an intention to obey. What God looks upon with favor in worship is simple: a humble heart, trembling at his Word.
  • The New Earth – Isaiah 65:17-25 • 31 Jan 2016 • Just as the Israelites were exiles in a foreign land, we too are exiles on this earth. We are created for heaven – a world that is without sin and where God is the center of everything.
  • Search and Find – Isaiah 65:1-6 • 24 Jan 2016 • Isaiah 65 tells us that God is saying to us I am here, here am I. He longs to be in relationship with us. God does not wait for us to pursue Him. So we need to enter into an authentic relationship with God and not stiff arm him like Israel. Delight in being a servant of God and embrace the things that delight Him.
  • Praying for Reformation – Isaiah 64 • 17 Jan 2016 • God is angry at sin. Even our righteousness is like a polluted garment. Until you understand the anger of God at our sin, you can’t understand the depth of our salvation. We should long for the Father to work in us like a potter works his clay.
  • Praying for Revival – Isaiah 64 • 10 Jan 2016 • In this passage God is teaching us how to pray. We are to pray first for God’s Kingdom to advance. We should long for His love, His presence, and His touch as well as lament over our sins. And finally, we are to appeal to God to work His will.
  • The Grace Effect – Isaiah 63:7-14 • 3 Jan 2016 • Recalling what God has done for us: His electing love, adopted as sons through his covenant formula, He sympathizes, He is present with us, He intervenes for our good and He disciplines those He loves. He has done everything for us and welcomes us back even after our rebellion.