Sermons on Grace

Sermons on Grace

Red and Yellow, Black and White

The Word Red and Yellow, Black and White (Eph 2:11-22) In Paul’s description of the Church in Ephesians 2, he explained that Jesus’ cross broke down sinful, ethnic boundaries we established.  How are we to combat racism within the Body of Christ? CONTEXT The early Church was originally predominately Jewish, and they initially struggled with how to accept Gentiles. At the Jerusalem Council, the leaders denounced the notion that Gentiles had to become Jewish before becoming Christians. Paul wrote to the…

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…

Broken Bones

After God’s Own Heart Broken Bones (2 Sam. 11; Ps. 51) When King David was supposed to be winning a battle on the field, he stayed home and lost a battle within his heart.  Sin can start with being at the wrong place at the wrong time. CAUGHT (2 Samuel 11-12) Sin can start with being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Our vulnerability can often come from a lack of accountability. Sin can be covered temporarily by an…

Reserved Seating

After God’s Own Heart Reserved Seating (2 Samuel 9) David showed kindness to disabled Mephibosheth by carrying him to the king’s table. Seated with the King of kings, our brokenness is hidden and God’s favor is restored. The King’s Pursuit (2 Sam. 9:1-5) The king was more concerned with keeping his promise than he was securing his protection. Grace seeks out those who are unqualified to give them what is undeserved. Grace finds us hiding helplessly in barren places. The Servant’s…

This Is the House That God Built

After God’s Own Heart This Is the House That God Built (2 Sam. 7) David wanted to honor God by building him a house, but God had a greater house of which David could never build. The greatest work of our lives will not be what we do for God but what God has done for us. The King’s Plan (2 Sam. 7:1-7) A dream for God and a dream from God are both noble, but only one should be…

Christ Have Mercy

Christ Have Mercy (Titus 3:1-8) – We will never do enough good works to earn God’s favor.  Our only hope for salvation is if Christ shows us mercy. Objection #1: I’ve Been Hurt by the Church (Titus 3:1-2) The local church should be a force for good within the community.  We should make it difficult for others to hate the message because they love the messengers. Objection #2: I’m Annoyed by Holier-Than-Thou Christians (Titus 3:3) We should be kind to sinners like…

Working While Waiting

Working While Waiting (Titus 2:11-15) People tend to drift to either passively waiting on Christ’s return or actively working while ignoring his return. We are to show zeal in our work while we wait. Salvation (Titus 2:11) The grace of God appeared.  It was not summoned, warranted, or earned. Salvation by grace knows no concept of merit. Sanctification (Titus 2:12) The gospel will produce godliness. God’s grace enables us to say “no” to sinful desires and “yes” to godly desires. Anticipation (Titus 2:13) We neglect heavenly hope when we focus on earthly experience. Jesus is either liar, lunatic, or Lord. Purification…

The God of Second Chances

The God of Second Chances [Jonah 3] Despite our sin, God provides second chances.  Not only does he show grace to us, but he can show grace through us. Main Points No matter how many times I veer off course, God always has a plan for me to arrive at my destination. Instead of reproofing the messenger, God simply repeats the message. God doesn’t rub our noses in our mistakes. As ambassadors, we herald a message that we did not compose. The…

A Fish Named “Grace”

A Fish Named “Grace” [Jonah 2] – No amount of rebellion is greater than God’s love.  His relentless pursuit of us often finds us in the lowest possible places. Main Points  We are all sinners – we all rebel in our quest for independence. The fish was evidence of God’s grace – not his anger. God gives wrath to his enemies and discipline to his children. God appointed a fish to be at the right place at the right time to digest a…