Sermons on Faith

Sermons on Faith

The Fulfillment We Need

Matthew 5:17-20 The coming of Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations and the requirement for our own righteousness. Jesus came from heaven so we could go to heaven. How much claim did Jesus practically have on your life this week? The Christ Fulfillment (17-18) Literal: Jesus fulfilled at least 300 Old Testament prophecies given hundreds of years before he was born. Lifestyle: Jesus lived a perfect life and never disobeyed any of God’s commands. Lasting: We can trust in the promises of God because of the Bible’s unrelenting reliability…

Muzzling Lions

Daniel 6:1-28 Daniel refused to pray to the king and was cast into the lion’s den because of his devotion. Not only did his bold stance make a statement about his faith, but it successfully witnessed to others as well. Discover King Darius gave Daniel a pivotal position in establishing the new kingdom because he trusted in the excellent spirit apparent in him (6:1-9). When a political law contradicted Daniel’s religious devotion, he unashamedly practiced civil disobedience, fully aware of…

Knowing Christ Is Better Than Anything Else

Paul had plenty of room to boast in religious, familial, and personal accomplishments, but it was nothing compared to knowing Jesus. The opportunity to know the resurrected Christ is greater than anything else this world offers. Philippians 3:1-11 3 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. 2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by…

Everlasting Father

Due to the frailties of earthly fathers, many people struggle to embrace God as a Heavenly Father. If you have ever wanted to know what God the Father is like, look no further than His Son. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6 Why the Fatherhood of God Is…

Doubting God’s Love

We can often look at our unfortunate circumstances and question God’s love for us. The sheer fact that God chose to love us in the first place should alleviate any lingering doubts. Context A major theme of Scripture: We cannot remain in the presence of God when we disobey the commandments of God. During the time of Malachi, Israel had returned from exile yet was still distant from God. The book is comprised of God’s declarations, Israel’s objections, and God’s…

Dependence: Acknowledging Your Desperate Need

In our discipleship efforts, we never reach the point where we can depend upon our own strength. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #6: Dependence “Struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How responsible am I for my spiritual growth? Two dangerous extremes: Entitled people reject the responsibility for their personal spiritual growth. Independent people assume the responsibility for their personal spiritual…

Doctrine: Strengthening Your Uncertain Beliefs

While we all know some degree of biblical knowledge, we each should probably know a little bit more by now. Committed disciples need to strengthen any uncertain beliefs by targeted study. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #3: Doctrine “teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How familiar am I with the Word of God? If the Church is ignorant with the Scriptures, why are we surprised that our culture is intolerant? Each of us…

Denying God Leads to Redefining Good

David dismayed the effects that atheism has on a person and on a society. People often deny the reality of God so that they can redefine the commandments of God. Atheist – believes there is “no God” Agnostic – believes there is “no knowledge” to determine if God exists Practical Atheist – denies God with a careless lifestyle Psalm 14 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none…

The Greatest Is the Nearest

While God’s transcendence is amazing, His immanence is astonishing. The most surprising thing about our exalted God is how close He comes to ones like us. The transcendence of God means that He greatly surpasses our human worth and experience. The immanence of God means that he is intimately close to us. Psalm 113 113 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,     praise the name of the Lord! 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord     from this time forth…

Rediscovering Joy

As David encountered testing trials, he confessed that his sure hope in this life and the next was in none other than the LORD. If we desire to rediscover joy, we must reorient our focus upon the only one who can provide it. Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,…

Three Horrible Words to Say to Jesus

When a man brought his son to Jesus for deliverance, he uttered three words that should never be used to address the Christ.  When we approach Jesus in our need, He deserves complete faith in His ability. Mark 9:14-29 14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.16 And he asked them,…

Wiki God

While opinions of Jesus were rampant and varied, He desired to know whom His disciples believed Him to be.  Peter’s initial response and subsequent reaction reveal our own desire to edit God when He doesn’t meet our expectations. Mark 8:27-33 27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others,…
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