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: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 5
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 7
Part 5 of Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy 1-11 – Sometimes biblical passages that are the hardest for us to understand are the ones that have the most to teach us. Our passage this morning has hard things to say about warfare that we can only understand in the light of what it teaches us about the God who says them.
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 3
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5
Part 3 of Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy 1-11 – People often think of Christianity as simply a system of morality. Our passage could reinforce that understanding, but right understood, it points to a gracious relationship.
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 2
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 1:1-40
Part 2 of Living as God’s Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy – “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10
Series: Living as God's Covenant People: Studies in Deuteronomy - Part 1
Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 1:1-5
Part 1 of Living as God’s Covenant People – Studies in Deuteronomy – We begin our study of his book by considering its three big themes: God’s Law, God’s Grace, and God’s Covenant with His People.
Part 3 of Hold Fast – The Message of Jude – The Christian life is a journey, and there may be many trials and hazards along the way. Jude knows full well that some may not make it safely to the end, so he feels compelled to write to his dear friends, urging them to “contend for the faith” — that is, to keep themselves in God’s love. Our passage this morning spells this out more fully in three steps. 1) Take care of yourselves (vv. 20, 21); 2) Take care of others (vv. 22, 23); and 3) Trust that God will see you through to the end (vv. 24, 25).
Part 2 of The Message of Jude: “Hold Fast” – Jesus had spoken of it in graphic terms. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15). The Apostles echoed that warning: “savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock” (Acts 20:29). In this short letter Jude takes up those words in his exhortation to these Christians. “Godless men” have come among them, but they are not to be fooled, but are to stand firm in the faith against them.
Part 1 of the Message of Jude – This letter is certainly one of the most neglected books of the Bible, but it has a powerful message for the church today: Hold fast to the faith! In an age when many have fallen away, denying the gospel in various ways, we must heed Jude’s admonition to content for the gospel once and for all delivered to the saints.
Bible Passage: Matthew 28:1-10
Though Easter is often associated with cuddly bunnies and the fragile eggs, the gospel accounts reveal an awesome event that evoked fear. This morning we want to consider why that was, and what it means when Jesus says, “Do not be afraid!”
Though we sometimes think of the early years of the church as a “golden age,” a quick reading of the New Testament will easily dispel that notion. Our passage this morning shows clear lines of division and conflict in a particular local church, and our study will explore the situation and the lessons we can learn from it.
The Message of 2 John – “Truth” seems to be a bad word in our world today. For many it is threatening, filled with connotations of coercion and oppression. We fear those who claim to know “the truth.” On the other hand, the notion of love, though popular, has lost all content and is simply reduced to a feeling. This short letter of 2 John assumes a world in which truth and love are held together, and which in turn hold us as the church together as well.
Series: Love: The Greatest of God's Graces - A Study of 1 Corinthians 13 - Part 11
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Part 11 of Love: The Greatest of God’s Graces – 1 Corinthians 13 is often seen a beautiful poem expressing the virtues of love, but it is frequently forgotten that this chapter is embedded in a letter to a Christian community that had lost its way. The values of the Corinthians had become distorted, they had confused means with ends, and they needed to be redirected to what really mattered. The Apostle is correcting them with the message of the gospel—the gospel that displays the God who is love.