Sermons from March 2018

Sermons from March 2018

Vindicated

1 Peter 3:18-22 – When we follow the context, we can often understand even the most difficult passages. Peter wrote to encourage suffering Christians for whom righteous living didn’t seem to be rewarded, and those who persecuted them seemed to thrive. Christians are encouraged by the example and actions of Christ. He suffered and died, but then triumphed over death. Those who accept the preaching of the gospel will share in his victory, and those who reject him will hear words of judgment.

Healing Our Imperfection

Genesis 4 Luke 24:25 and Psalm 103:11-13 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.”

Jesus’ Last Night

1 Peter 2:20-25 We are fully aware of the extreme pain and suffering involved in a crucifixion. But during his last night, Jesus suffered a full assortment of cruelties both great and small. He was abandoned, disappointed and betrayed by friends. It’s happened to us, and it hurts. Lies were told about him, and he was ridiculed, even in front of friends and family. He was hung on a cross, exposed naked in public, and saw his mother witness his shame and pain. All comfort, recognition and vindication came too late – after he died. Jesus knows every pain we suffer, and has shown us how to keep it all in perspective.

More than Enough Isn’t Enough

Genesis 3:8-13 Entitlement goes back to the garden of Eden. The sense that I deserve more, or I deserve better, or I’m not getting my fair share for my work, has been around since Genesis 3. It’s easy to be disappointed in Adam and Eve’s unwillingness to submit to God. Still, I live with more than enough but always seem to be longing for more. What does it say about my heart that it’s easier to fill my emptiness with…

The Cross & The Supper

Scripture: John 12:27-34 The gospel of Jesus is full of positive and appealing features, but it is the most repulsive one that draws us to Jesus. His miracles and teachings are impressive, and the resurrection is exceptional. But the crucifixion is the item that makes Jesus unique and attractive. Without the crucifixion, the rest is just a nice story. The Lord’s Supper makes sure that we don’t forget the crucified body of Jesus. But as we remember the crucified body,…

Be not Dismayed

Scripture: Isaiah 41:8-13 Already in the Old Testament, God wanted his people to be heaven-focused. Many of the blessings announced to Israel would not be enjoyed by those who heard the message, but by later generations. The ultimate fulfillment was eternal. The same goes for Christians. God’s promises hold true even if we walk a rough road in the meantime. Regardless of present circumstances we can still trust God to strengthen us, help us and uphold us.

Attitudes of a Healthy Church

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17 A healthy church will be solid in biblical doctrine, but also in biblical attitudes. Many New Testaments lists of virtues or graces are actually describing attitudes that should be prevalent in the church. A church without these attitudes will not have the peace or unity that God desires; it will not look like the Lord’s church. When describing the church, the portrait should include compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance and forgiveness among the members. For a…