God knows no better gift for you than His Son--and true sonship by faith in His name... Click to hear the full audio of "To All Who Received Him" A sermon on John 1:1-14 / Nativity of our Lord / 25 December 2019 John 1:1-14 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word … Continue reading To All Who Received Him
John the Baptist knows who he is before the Lord. Better still, he knows who he is NOT. Do you? Click to hear the full audio of "A Voice of One Crying Out" A sermon on John 1:19-28 / Fourth Sunday in Advent / 22 December 2019 John 1:19-28 (ESV) 19 And this is the testimony … Continue reading The Voice of One Crying Out
They've got a grand reputation for being a lively and strong church. Problem is, Christ declares they are dead. All should see what's happening at Sardis, and guard against it in their own hearts. Rather than making a name for themselves, Christians here learn to delight in their white garment and new name written in … Continue reading Revelation Session 13: The Letter to Sardis
People-pleasers come in all shapes and sizes, even when the the one person you're trying to please is you. Christ enters in to call us to yield to his judgment, even concerning ourselves. We are freed from chasing the likes, shares, favor and approval of anyone but Jesus--by Jesus who justifies the ungodly. Click to … Continue reading Big Deal, or Small Thing?
Our focus tends to be on the past, where we once were. God is leading forward, into contentment! Hear the full audio of "The Land Where God is Bringing you" A sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10 / Service of Thanksgiving / 24 November 2019 Deuteronomy 8:1-10 (ESV) 8 “The whole commandment that I command you today … Continue reading The Land Where God is Bringing You
The former things are gone. Our God is making something new for you--fully worthy of your joy and delight! Hear the full audio of "Rejoice in That which I Create" A sermon on Isaiah 65:17-25 / Last Sunday of the Church Year / 24 November 2019
Personal self-examination is important. Here, Christ prepares His congregations for His corporate 'self-examination' with the seven letters to the seven churches. The Living Lord Jesus holds the keys of Death and Hades, but entrusts the keys of the kingdom of heaven to His Church. We revisit and conclude our conversation on the mission of the … Continue reading Revelation Session Eight: Seven-fold Structure of Seven Letters