Sermons from February 2018

Sermons from February 2018

Kindness

Ephesians 4:25:32 Our world is plagued by major evil, but also with daily nastiness. We may not be able to change the whole world, but we can make a mark on our personal world by simple kindness. We should be kind to others because God has been kind to us. Many activities require some special gift or talent than is given only to a few, but kindness is accessible to each one of us. It is something that we can…

In God’s Image

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28 Genesis teaches that God is Creator and that man is made in His image. A shadow is an image leading back to something of substance. In a similar way, man is made to be connected with God while also resembling Him. In the garden, man is given a place to belong and work to do, though is left to feel his need for companionship. Some needs are met before feeling them; others remain unfulfilled for a time.…

When Sin Is Not Deadly

Scripture: Psalm 19:7-14 Even faithful Christians sin occasionally. That does not mean that we should live in constant fear of going to hell just because we may not have time to repent after the last sin before we die. We do not live each day constantly slipping back and forth from salvation to condemnation. Even though all sins are serious and dangerous, all sins do not lead to immediate spiritual death. Even imperfect Christians can rejoice in the Lord.

Knowledge of God

Scripture: Hosea 4:1-6 Hosea not only had to preach gloom and doom, he had to live it in a marriage with a harlot named Gomer. He traces the infidelity of Israel to a “lack of knowledge.” But this lack of knowledge was more than not knowing the commandments in the Law of Moses. Israel didn’t know God. He was knowable, but they had replaced him with idols. They paid no attention to his works, even his blessings on Israel. Those…

Spiritual Growth & Sin

Scripture: 1 John 1:8-2:1 Christians are called to grow, should try to grow, and should expect to grow. Spiritual growth will include increasing success against sin. We should expect to sin less as we mature in Christ. The “good news” does not produce a defeatist attitude where we “sin all the time.” Outside of Christ, we were fighting a battle against sin that we could not win. In Christ, we are equipped by God to fight a winning battle.

Rejoicing in Christ

In Romans and Galatians, we are assured that salvation is by what Christ has done for us rather than what we have done for him.