Sermons from March 2019
This lesson explores the surprising contagiousness of Jesus’ holiness in the account of his healing of the leper in Matthew 8 and use it to add another layer explaining our need to follow Jesus
Paul told the Corinthian Christians that God expects His people to “be united in the same mind and the same judgement” (1 Corinthians 1:10). That expectation, however, encounters difficulties when we consider the challenging nature of some of the material God put into His Bible, the book that He intends to play a key role in our unity (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:6). We will, therefore, take time in this lesson to explore one difficult passage – God’s command to the Israelites to “devote [the Canaanites] to complete destruction” in Deuteronomy 7:1-5 – and its place within the biblical narrative
The Old Testament book of Job records Job’s struggle to understand the suffering he believed God sent against him. Part of the his struggle revolved around his desire to argue his case before God, a desire he believed could not be fulfilled because he had no one to arbitrate between himself and God (Job 9:32-33). Job’s lament for an arbiter prepares us to appreciate the New Testament’s explanation for why we need Jesus – he mediates a relationship between God and us (1 Timothy 2:5).
Leviticus details the laws God gave to Israel as part of His covenant relationship with them. The book’s record of those laws seems strange, arbitrary, and sometimes even cruel to modern readers, which raises the question in many peoples’ minds – why did God give those laws and what am I supposed to do with them today? This lesson considers a series of passages that outline a basic overview of God’s purposes in the law, purposes that help us understand its place in God’s Bible and in our lives today.
People commonly identify Jesus as ‘loving’ or ‘serving’ or ‘merciful’, but rarely do they identify him as ‘smart’. Paul’s comment that Jesus possess “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3) stands against our common perceptions. This lesson will consider our need to follow Jesus because he knows best and will note some of the features that define his ‘smart’ way of living.”
Psalms 23, John 10, Ezekiel 34
Deuteronomy 18:15-18 — Deuteronomy opens with a reminder of both Moses’ failure as Israel’s God-appointed leader and the punishment he would receive. Moses’ failure combines with his important place both in both Israel and in the Bible’s larger story to raise questions about Israel and humanity’s ongoing relationship with God. Those questions lead to God’s promise to raise up a prophet like Moses, a promise that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. This lesson will explore that promise and ways…
Acts 1:1-11–Bibles label the book of Acts as “the Acts of the Apostles”, giving readers the impression that it offers a historical record of the apostles’ activities in the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection. While true, that impression fails to grasp the fuller picture Luke carefully composed in his book. Acts gives to its readers far more than merely a historical account of the early church’s activities; it uses that historical account to narrate the reality of Jesus’ kingdom…