Series: The Five Solas of the Reformation - Part 3
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:1-10
Part 3 of the Five Solas of the Reformation: Sola Gratia: Grace Alone – Anyone claiming to be a Christian would affirm in some way that we need God’s grace, but what do they mean by that word? The Reformers of the 16th century rediscovered what the Bible means by grace and so rediscovered the truth of the gospel. We are saved by the undeserved self-giving of God through the gift of his Son Jesus Christ; that is, we are saved by grace alone.
Series: The Five Solas of the Reformation - Part 2
Bible Passage: Hebrews 1:1-3; 10:11-18
Part 2 of The Five Solas of the Reformation: Solus Christus: Christ Alone – If “Scripture alone” as our highest authority is the formal principle of the Reformation, justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is its material principle. The gospel declares that we dare not rely on anything in ourselves or anything outside ourselves apart from Jesus Christ alone to make us right with God.
Series: The Five Solas of the Reformation - Part 1
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Part 1 of the Five Solas of the Reformation: “Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone” – This morning we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as we begin a series on the five central themes of the movement–the “five solas.”
Series: The Message of the Whole Bible in Three Parts - Part 3
Bible Passage: Colossians 1:3-8
Part 3 of What Is the Bible All About – In the New Testament, the biblical story continues: The first Christians lived in faith in what God had done in Christ and in hope of what God would do in Christ. Their assurance and joy came in knowing that they were united with Christ in both his past and future by the work of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of love.
Part 2 of the The Story of the Bible: The Message of Jesus – Even after two thousand years, Jesus of Nazareth still holds the interest of our world. Books continue to be written about him and his support is sought in all segments of society. But what does the Bible say about him? What was his message? Why does it matter?
Series: The Message of the Whole Bible in Three Parts - Part 1
Bible Passage: Acts 7
Part 1 of What the bible Is All About – Creation, Fall and the Promise of Redemption: The Story of the Old Testament – What story tells you who you are? The Bible gives us a story that encompasses all of creation–past, present and future, and it is a story that gives meaning to our lives. This morning we begin with the story of the Old Testament in which God reveals himself in three great movements–
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 8
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32
Part 8 Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy – Our passage this morning functions as the conclusion to Moses’ great sermon to the people of Israel as he prepared them to enter the promised land. Here he recapitulates all that he has impressed upon them in the first eleven chapters of the book.
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 7
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 9
Part 7 of Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy – The Israelites would overcome incredible odds to defeat enemies much more powerful than themselves. As a result, they would be tempted to think much more highly of themselves than they ought. Don’t we all? In our passage, the Lord seeks to humble them with the reality of his grace.
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 6
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 8
Part 6 of Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy – As the people stood with the slavery of Egypt and the harsh desert wilderness now lying in the past and the future prosperity of the promised land just ahead, Moses sets two imperatives before them, and us–