"Am I running, or have I been running in vain?" Paul wonders? The Jerusalem apostles ask, "Is the Gospel as Paul preaches it the same that we ourselves believe, teach and proclaim?" Patiently, they hear one another out. Plainly, they confess and compare their teachings and practice. Differences are addressed and reconciled. Thus the grace … Continue reading Called to Demonstrable Grace in Fellowship
Hear the full audio of "The Constant and The Multiplier" A sermon on John 6:1-15 / Fourth Sunday in Lent / 31 March 2019
"Do you renounce the Devil, and all his works, and all his ways?" Our Baptism unites us to Christ. Being united in true Fellowship with Jesus means forsaking all 'fellowship' with lawlessness, darkness, the devil, idolatry and unbelief...for the Lord has called you together to stand apart, to be his living temple, sons and daughters … Continue reading Called Together to Stand Apart in His Fellowship
We rejoice as our communities unite and pull together in response to recent flooding, disaster or tragedy! Gladly we offer our prayers and act to lend our hands to provide help, clean up and rebuild. Yet the Lord God calls us to an eternal fellowship which transcends both these moments of extraordinary urgency–and all those … Continue reading Called by the Preached Word into Fellowship with Us
Your faith adds nothing to His finished work, but receives it all as a pure gift of God's grace. Hear the full audio of "Baptized in the Water and the Blood of the Lamb?" A sermon on 1 John 5:6-10; John 19:34-37 (ESV) Good Friday / 30 March 2018 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (ESV) 13 Behold, my servant shall … Continue reading Baptized in the Water and the Blood of the Lamb?
Is the Truth so plain and obvious none would ever contest, deny or reject it? Hear the full audio of "The Truth Heard, But Not Believed" A sermon on John 8:42-59 (ESV) Fifth Sunday in Lent / 18 March 2018 John 8:42-58 (ESV) 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would … Continue reading The Truth Heard, But Not Believed
We're born into relationship as His free children of promise, not slaves living in fear of the Law's threats: "obey Me, or else..." Hear the full audio of "We are Children of Promise" A sermon on Galatians 4:21-31 (ESV) 4th Sunday in Lent / 11 March 2018 Galatians 4:21-31 (ESV) 21 Tell me, you who desire … Continue reading We Are Children of Promise
Apollos was not re-baptized in Ephesus, but some who never heard of the Holy Spirit were... Hear the full audio of "We Acknowledge One Baptism: Do I Need More?" A sermon on Acts 18:24-19:10 (ESV) Part Four for "All Who Believe and Are Baptized" Lent Series Ezekiel 36:22-29 (ESV) 22 “Therefore say to the house of … Continue reading We Acknowledge One Baptism: Do I Need More?
A poetic meditation and vignette on this Bible passage, which I composed following my daily devotional reading this morning. The name Christopher literally means "Christ-bearer."--slight edits 3.9.18 Genesis 37: A maskil of Christopher I Their Father, “Off to Hebron!” sent his Joseph there to implement His will, discover whether jealous brothers and their flocks fared … Continue reading Genesis 37: A maskil of Christopher
The Teaching, The Fellowship, The Breaking of Bread and The Prayers matter far more than our sin or our stuff... Hear the full audio of "Gathering Together Day by Day" A sermon on Acts 2:41-47 (ESV) 3rd Sunday in Lent / 4 March 2018 Acts 2:41-47(ESV) 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and … Continue reading Gathering Together Day by Day