Sermons in 2015
The sovereign love of God is the theme can summarizes the Minor Prophets. How else would God do what he has done?
We want to know how it fits in its own place in the book and how the book itself helps us to see more of God and Christ and ourselves and our world.
Haggai says “almost but not quite.” He reminds us of what God has said, and he helps us to wait in hope.
God judges nations, not just individuals. What does this mean for America?
We are living in trying times, and amazingly, Habakkuk, this little prophet, has something relevant to say to us in our day.
The seventh book of the Minor Prophets is Nahum, which teaches us what it means for God to have control over all things.
God brings charges against Israel. But instead of clear charges — like “You did this and that” — he charges Israel by asking questions.
What does it mean to faithfully bear God’s name? It’s not what Jonah did.
One of the great ironies of human love and relationships is that we experience the greatest hurt from those who are closest to us.
God will rebuild the raggedy old shack of David. This new kingdom will possess the remnant of mankind — those from every nation who seeks the Lord.
Though these prophets don’t all say they same thing, they do rhyme. There’s a rhythm and a pattern to their messages that we ought to understand at a basic level.
Metaphor is powerful. It integrates the invisible world with the visible. It helps us see things that are otherwise unseen. That is especially the case in the book of Hosea.
The most amazing of all human social arrangements is the church of Jesus Christ.
There is no such thing as generic “parenting.” In truth, there is mothering and fathering. And we do this together.
Part Two of the Together series builds a framework for how we should think about singleness, and offers three lessons for unmarrieds from the life of Paul the apostle.
Joe Rigney kicks off a new series on what it means to be the church Together. He gives three illustrations for a healthy marriage rooted in the gospel.
“When a narrative comes to an end, the narrative world displayed by the author rejoins the world of the readers.”
Endings are important, and this is something good storytellers know, especially good, true storytellers like Luke.
This is a story of high stakes on the high seas in Acts 27.
There stood Paul, donned in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, speaking to the king and his cronies...
How do you conduct yourself when you know you are heading into opposition and hostility?
Even in the darkest dark, surrounded by enemies, when all hope seems lost, Jesus is stronger.
In the midst of opposition and discouragement, Jesus told Paul to keep speaking. And he says the same to us.
What will find increasing dissonance with our surrounding culture is actually the key to everything we think and say: Jesus is real; Jesus is alive; Jesus has been raised from the dead.
Jesus builds his church in the city, and uses a diversity of ways to make diverse people into one body in him.
Acts 15 stands out as one of the most important chapters in the Book of Acts because it’s the only place where we see the church come to a theological crossroads.
Paul goes on three missionary journeys in the book of Acts. Chapter 14 shows us the the ending of that first journey, and a relevant theme emerges.
We want to train our minds to run in biblical ruts, to have God’s acts in history shape our understanding of ourselves and our own day.
In this sermon, guest preacher Voddie Baucham unfolds the narrative of Acts 12 and shows us the sovereignty of God in death and deliverance.
The gospel and the community it creates, called the church, are on the move, beginning at Ground Zero in Jerusalem, but not staying there.
One of our goals in reading the Bible is to train our minds to run in biblical ruts. We want to learn to read the story we’re in by immersing ourselves in the stories God likes to tell.
Luke wants us to make the connection to Isaiah 56 and know that the gospel has now advanced, and is advancing, to the ends of the earth.
Acts 8 is a transitional chapter in the book of Acts. We move away from a Jerusalem-focus to a wider vision of the church’s growth.
The point of Stephen’s sermon is the repeated rejection of God’s will by God’s people; he cashes it all in (verses 51–53) with their rejection of the Messiah.
This is Easter Sunday. Resurrection Sunday. And on this Resurrection Sunday, we’re going to talk about death: what is death? What happens when you die?
As the word of God grows, and the church increases, the practical dynamics of church life inevitably change.
One of our tasks as Christians is to learn to read the story that we’re in. As individuals, we have a past and a future. As families, communities, and as a nation, we have pasts and futures. And we tell ourselves stories in order to make sense of where we’ve come from and where we’re going and what our role in the story is.
We all know that there are passages in the Bible that make us uncomfortable. Often it’s when God does something that we don’t expect or don’t understand, usually something frightening. The story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 is one of those.
What we find in the last section of Acts 4 is not an isolated event, but starting here, we discover a theme that is repeated throughout the rest of the book. And that theme is a vision for how the church lives in this world.
In Acts 4:1–12, we see the controversy surrounding the name of Jesus, and what that name represents — the real person who lived and died and rose again and has fundamentally changed the world and time.
What is repentance? In this sermon, we take a look at repentance as a response to what God has done, as a means to a greater end, and as an affectional embrace of who Jesus is.
The reason the Spirit is poured out is because Jesus has been raised from the dead according to the sovereign plan of God. But what does the resurrection of Jesus and the sovereignty of God have to do with one another?
The Book of Acts is a good, true story. It is full of events and dialogue, rising action, falling action, conflict, resolution, protagonists, antagonists, setbacks, suspense — it has it all. It is a good, true story. And that is actually perfect for us, because we as humans are what you might call “story animals.”