Sermon Archives

Salvation
February 4, 2018

The Heavy Hand of a Glorious God

The Heavy Hand of a Glorious God

The Philistine armies defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant. Although they had conquered Israel, the Philistine soon discovered that they were no match for Israel’s God. When the people of God cry out to him with true repentance, God helps them recover the glory he has made them to enjoy.

January 28, 2018

God Is Up to Something

God Is Up to Something

Sometimes it seems that God is distant from his people and their pain. It can seem as if he does not care, that he has abandoned us, and left us to suffer in our misery. Hannah’s prayer for a son, and her subsequent prayer of thanksgiving, urge God’s people to wait on the Lord with […]

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 […]

March 26, 2017

The Ideal Marriage

The Ideal Marriage

Marriage is God’s idea, so having an ideal marriage requires us to follow God’s plan. God designed marriage in order for a man and a woman to experience a oneness with another that is unlike the experience of any other relationship. In this real union, marriage reflects the greatest love story and testifies to its […]

December 4, 2016

Ministers of the Mystery

Ministers of the Mystery

God has made known his great mystery, the plan of salvation that he is accomplishing even now. As we are swept into his plan, he recruits us to be his ministers, sending us out as his agents to make the mystery known to even more people. There is no greater calling that we could possibly […]

November 27, 2016

Mastering the Mystery

Mastering the Mystery

After speaking about the reconciliation accomplished by the cross, Paul elaborates on the awesome rescue plan that God has now fully disclosed. He wants his readers to be more than acquainted with it. He wants them to master it, to be experts in it, and to be impressed by it. Only then will believers be […]

October 9, 2016

Our Determined Father

Our Determined Father

The unveiling of God’s eternal plan calls for God to be praised for what he has determined to do. This is especially true for Christians who discover that God’s predetermined plan is what is decisive in their salvation. Because of God’s love and his glorious grace, believers can begin to see that in Jesus Christ […]

September 4, 2016

Made for Worship

Made for Worship

Proper worship must begin with God—who he is and what he has done for us. Only then can we offer a proper response of worship. Until we receive from God what he has determined to give, our worship will be improper, focused mainly on ourselves and limited in its scope. And with ourselves at the […]

August 28, 2016

Saved by Signs of Grace

Saved by Signs of Grace

Salvation is entirely due to God’s free grace. Human effort receives no credit. But throughout history God has been pleased to communicate his grace to his people through physical, visible signs. Although we may be tempted to worship the signs rather than that which they signify, we must not make the opposite mistake of despising […]

March 29, 2015

After Life

After Life

Christians, like most people, do not enjoy talking about death. And when we do, we often don’t do so in a distinctively Christian manner. Much confusion abounds about what happens after life, when death steals away the ones we love. The Apostle Paul instructs us how to think rightly about death. We will know how […]