Sermon Archives

Ben Janssen
September 24, 2017

Mission Revolution

Mission Revolution

Faithful churches will be missional churches, looking for the opportunities that God has given them to proclaim the hope of the gospel. Each of us is privileged to be God’s “sent ones,” and we need to be prepared for the missional opportunities God sends our way. The mission will be challenging, but it will not […]

September 17, 2017

The Charismatic Community

The Charismatic Community

Perhaps the greatest privilege that God’s people have enjoyed since the coming of Jesus is the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit indwells every believer and has been given to satisfy the thirst of our souls through Spirit-empowered worship and fellowship. As the Spirit fills God’s people, a credible gospel community is formed.

September 10, 2017

The Glorious Freedom of the Children of God

The Glorious Freedom of the Children of God

The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple yet profound. The simple truth that God saves sinners also implies a glorious hope not only for those who believe this truth, but also for all subhuman creation. When the sons of God are revealed, we will finally experience the glory that God has promised to bring to […]

September 3, 2017

No Moral Compass

No Moral Compass

The book of Judges ends with what many consider to be the most horrific story in the Old Testament. Having lost their religious bearings, the nation of Israel soon plummets into dark immorality. With no righteous king to lead them, Israel is left to determine morality on their own.

August 27, 2017

When Religion Pays

When Religion Pays

The book of Judges draws to a close by examining what the religious and moral climate of Israel was like “on the ground.” Religiously, Israel looks more like the pagan nations around them than they do the chosen people of God. They have lost their faith in a personal God and have ended up with […]

August 20, 2017

The Self-Destructing Samson

The Self-Destructing Samson

Samson was a man of extraordinary strength, due to God’s selection of him as Israel’s twelfth deliverer in the book of Judges. But Samson had one fatal flaw—his pre-occupation with himself and his own sensual passions. Although God used this man to achieve his purposes, Samson’s ultimate disregard for his sacred calling left him defeated […]

August 13, 2017

The Wonder-Working God

The Wonder-Working God

The account of the twelfth judge of Israel, Samson, begins uniquely by describing the angelic announcement of his coming birth. God is at work, preparing to raise up another deliverer for Israel who has now become content with enslavement to the Philistines. God’s promised deliverance is difficult to believe, but unless there is a surrender […]

August 6, 2017

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The fifth “primary” judge is a man named Jephthah, whose story is one of the most tragic in all the Bible. In response to the people’s surface confession, God leaves them to their own devices in securing their deliverance from the oppression of the Ammonites. Jephthah’s initial success is ensured by God, but the apparent […]

June 25, 2017

Pray by Faith

Pray by Faith

Although prayer is more than making requests to God, it certainly is not less than that. God wants us to ask him to do things on our behalf, and no one modeled this better than Jesus. His petition before God in the Garden of Gethsemane is an example to all of his disciples of the […]

June 18, 2017

Pray by Confessing

Pray by Confessing

Why do we find prayer to be so difficult? In a word, it is because of sin. Whether we are in difficult or prosperous circumstances, our sin keeps us dependent on ourselves rather than on God. Prayer, then, is fundamental to the war against sin. As we confess and forsake our sins in prayer, we […]

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