Sermons by Travis Agnew

Sermons by Travis Agnew

Salt and Light

The Word Salt and Light (Matt. 5:13-16) As Jesus began his public ministry, he gathered disciples in order to teach them how to live for the Kingdom. As he once encouraged them to be salt and light, we are called to the same lifestyles as his followers. CONTEXT Since we could not make it to God, God came to us in the person of Jesus. Jesus called a group of disciples together in order to model and to multiply Kingdom…

The Great and Awesome Day of the LORD

The Word The Great and Awesome Day of the LORD (Malachi 4) As God’s people wavered in their devotion, Malachi revealed that the promised Messiah was drawing near. This great and awesome day of the LORD would change everything. CONTEXT After their division, both Israel and Judah eventually fell into enemies’ hands and were exiled from the Promised Land. Years later, a remnant returned to rebuild the temple, the walls, and a community of God-followers. Once the people settled into…

I Have Found the Book

The Word I Have Found the Book (2 Kings 22) King Josiah stumbled upon the neglected Word of God and it changed the nation. We must blow the dust off of the Bible and encounter God’s claims upon our lives. CONTEXT King Solomon walked in the ways of the LORD until foreign women turned his heart after foreign gods. God punished the nation by dividing it into two sections: Israel and Judah. Prophets admonished the people to return to biblical…

Walk in His Ways

The Word Walk in His Ways (1 Kings 2) As David neared his death, he gave final instructions to his son, Solomon. Out of all the wisdom he could have given, he urged his son to walk in the ways of the LORD. CONTEXT Samuel anointed King Saul – a man after Israel’s heart, and then later King David – a man after God’s heart. After a life full of successes and failures, David gave final fatherly advice to his son, Solomon. Filled…

The Word of the LORD Was Rare

The Word The Word of the LORD Was Rare [1 Samuel 3:1-4:1] Samuel was called to be a prophet during a time when the Word of the LORD was rare. His ministry was established by God’s presence and determined by God’s Word. CONTEXT After 40 years of wilderness wanderings, the Israelites saw the Promised Land under Moses and entered the Promised Land under Joshua. Instructed in the Law and established in the land, the people continued to do what was…

Impatient Idolatry

The Word Impatient Idolatry (Ex. 32)   Even though the people had gotten out of Egypt, Egypt hadn’t gotten out of the people. Growing impatient with God’s timing, the people used a gift from God as an idol for God. CONTEXT After Joseph died, the size of Israel caused another Pharaoh to feel threatened so much that he decided to enslave them. Through God’s power, Moses led the Israelites through an exodus, and God’s renown began to spread throughout the…

God Meant It for Good

The Word God Meant It for Good Gen. 50:15-21 Once Israel died, his sons feared Joseph’s retaliation. While Joseph had been hurt by their evil, he viewed his suffering role as critical in the good God was doing. CONTEXT Genesis portrays God’s promise coming true through Abraham’s growing family. Abraham’s great-grandson, Joseph, was favored by his father and yet despised by his brothers. Though Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, God’s favor promoted him in Egypt to the second-in-command. A…

There’s a Ram in the Thicket

The Word There’s a Ram in the Thicket (Gen. 22) God miraculously gave Abraham a son but later commanded to sacrifice him. Instead of Abraham having to go through with Isaac’s death, a ram in the thicket became the substitute. Context After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, sin escalated so much that God sent his wrath in the form of a flood (Gen. 7:23). After an attempt to reach God by their own methods at Babel, God scattered the nations (Gen.…

Two Trees in the Garden

The Word: Two Trees in the Garden (Gen. 1-3) It didn’t take long before sin corrupted God’s good creation. While disobedience brought about brokenness, God revealed a plan to redeem what had fallen. CONTEXT God addressed formlessness and emptiness by stating, creating, and celebrating (Gen. 1:1-4). 1 – Light                4 – Sun, moon, and stars 2 – Sky & Water    5 – Birds and fish 3 – Land                6 – Animals…

The Story of the Bible

The Word The Story of the Bible (Rom. 1:1-6) The Bible is not a collection of disconnected, moralistic stories. It is the one overarching story of how the cross of Christ will rescue a fallen people. John 5:39 – You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me Luke 24:27- And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Heb. 1:1-3 – Long…

For the Bible Tells Me So

The Word For the Bible Tells Me So Ezra 7:1-10 Similar to our context, Ezra the scribe lived in a time when the Word of God had been neglected. How are we to reorient our lives to what the Bible teaches? Karl Barth’s greatest theological truth: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Our prayer is that we can get the Word off of our shelves and into our lives. EZRA’S CONTEXT (EZRA 7:1-9) Ezra’s…

Mercy Is Free But Never Cheap

After God’s Own Heart Mercy Is Free But Never Cheap 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1 King David’s sin brought about consequences for the entire nation.  While God did provide mercy, it had a significant cost.  Our own sin has cost us, and the only hope is in the sacrifice of another to pay the penalty.   Sin’s Responsibility (1 Ch. 21:1-6) God may test us, and Satan may tempt us, but we will always be held responsible for our own sin (1…