Sermons (Page 4)

Sermons (Page 4)

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…

When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News

When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News 1 Chronicles 20:4-8 After God’s Own Heart: When Goliath Is Yesterday’s News (1 Chron. 20:4-8) – When David was king, his followers killed giants even larger than Goliath and it wasn’t even that significant of an event. Giant slaying leaders develop giant slaying followers. The Original Giant-Killer Israel put their hope in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around (1 Sam. 17:11). David was able to defeat the giant because he relied on God’s…

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…

God’s Steadfast Love Endures

No matter the plots of man against us, God’s love endures. The Actions of an Evil Man (Psalm 52:1-4) Verse 1: We can have confidence in God’s protection when enemies of God surround us. Man’s victories and boasting are temporary; God’s love is Eternal. An evil man will boast in his self-sufficiency while a godly man will boast in the Lord Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.…

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…

Worship by the Book

After God’s Own Heart Worship by the Book (2 Samuel 6) When David returned the ark to Jerusalem, he learned how God takes worship very seriously.  We can’t worship God if we neglect the Word of God. Worship Commenced The people of God learned how to worship God from those who did not know God. We are called to obey the Word – not imitate the world. Worship Interrupted It is a dangerous thing to enter the presence of God…

There’s Always Somebody Taller

After God’s Own Heart There’s Always Somebody Taller (1 Samuel 17) Israel put their strength in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around.  In the battle against a giant, never forget the greater story of which we are a part. Disclaimer: The story of David and Goliath is not about how you need to be brave regarding your overwhelming circumstances. Fearful Soldiers What we fear the most is what we trust the most (1 Sam. 17:4-11). Failure to address our fear only enables our enemy to…

God Notices Nobodies

After God’s Own Heart God Notices Nobodies (1 Samuel 16) David was the least likely to become king but God set him apart for this task. While man judges the external qualities, God judges the internal worth. The Setup Major theme of the Bible: God’s plan is for God’s people to live in God’s place under God’s rule. In Samuel’s time, God’s people were living in God’s place but desired to live under another rule to be like another people. They…

The Exposed Places

Biblical Blueprint: The Exposed Places (Neh. 4:10-14) In every home, there are exposed places for danger to enter. We must identify where they are, build up the walls, and fight against combative tactics. Nehemiah’s Context God’s people had lived in exile due to their sin, but God was gracious to allow them to return home. Ezra led the people to rebuild the temple for worship, and Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the wall for protection. The builders became overwhelmed…

Teach Your Children Diligently

Biblical Blueprint Teach Your Children Diligently (Deut. 6:4-9) The Problem While the church provides important spiritual environments, the most critical spiritual environment is the one in which you live. You are called to be the primary evangelists and disciple-makers of your family. “Do as I say and not as I do” will not work in discipleship. It’s difficult for an hour-long service to combat a week-long environment. The Progression (Deut. 6:4-9) There is no god like our God. He deserves complete…