Sermons by Jacob Rutledge (Page 8)

Sermons by Jacob Rutledge (Page 8)

Having a Holy Heart

Introduction  Holiness—spiritual reorientation; reoriented towards things of God.  As we work out our fear and trembling, God works within us (Phil. 2:12-13).  Partnership in holiness; can’t occur without intentional action on our part.  Part of this intentional efforts towards holiness is what scripture refers to as “renewing your mind” (Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 4:22).  That is, make your mind new/fresh.  Notice the connection, in both verses, to proper conduct (holiness).  Particularly within Eph. 4: put off old conduct so that you…

My Lord and My God

Introduction  Kiser Kurios—Caesar is Lord.  During the height of the 1st and 2nd century persecution of the church, Christians were dragged before Roman courts and called to make this confession under penalty of death—Kiser Kurios.  Caesar has total and complete preeminence and authority—essentially that he is God.  But they couldn’t. Because they realized to do so would be to betray their true Lord and Savior.  So, one of the most ardent, outspoken confessions of the early church became, “Jesus ho’…

Finding Forgiveness in Our Family

Introduction  Home. The word that means so much to so many. Nostalgia washes over some when they hear the word.  The place where love and acceptance are found; a place of good memories, holidays, and birthdays.  A place where you go when things get crazy; A place of fun and family.  Yet, it isn’t that way for everyone.  Home brings a different wave of emotions: brokenness, pain, betrayal, bitterness, guilt, fear and even hate.  Sadly, some of that is due…

The Holiness of Christ

Ghandi: “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so much unlike your Christ.”  Christians criticized, but Christ lauded.  Sometimes, deficient view of Jesus; other times, hypocritical actions of Christians.  Yet, if Jesus was simply a Mother Teresa type character, why was he crucified?  He was “hated without a cause” (John 15:25).  No justifiable reason as to why they hated Him—except that His presence and teaching hi-lighted their sin: “the light has come into the…

The Holiness of God

Introduction  There is no such thing as an unholy Christian.  Put differently: no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t have to pursue holiness.  Holiness is an expected pursuit; an inevitable result of being the people of God (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 2:9). Holiness means to live out the separation God has worked in us through Jesus; to live morally blameless lives.  Yet, can’t fully have a true definition of holiness without looking at the holiness of God as well…

No One Else: The Leper

Introduction  Could Jeffery Dahmer really be forgiven? People left the group not really knowing.  That question might have cropped up in the minds of people who saw a leper.  Widely believed that it was a punishment for sin; inflicted and healed only by the grace of God (2 Kings 5:7).  Miriam as an example (Num. 12:1-15).  The disease was so devastating, many times irreversible, and people saw them as untouchables and, in some ways, unforgivable.  But then one fights his…