Sermons from January 2018

Sermons from January 2018

Reign of Grace: Reading Romans Responsibly: Part 1: An Introduction

Introduction “If you get Romans, then God gets you.” Yet, this quote implies there is some difficult in “getting” what Romans is all about. Certain passages we may know (Rom. 1:16; 3:23; Rom. 6:3-4); yet do we know the totality of this epistle? Do we know what its about? In thinking of our theme “Know the Message, Accept the Mission” we can’t fully know the message—not fully and intimately—without knowing the message of Romans. Martin Luther says within Romans we…

Bad Apple: Part 3: Sin’s Devices

Introduction  “So that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Cor. 2:11). I think Paul is thinking a little too highly of me—I’ve been outwitted by Satan. But gives hope: we don’t have to be duped; we can be knowledgeable of his schemes. One of sin’s schemes is to convince us that we can’t help but sin—that there is no barrier between holiness and sin. Yet, scripture says there is always…

Bad Apple: Part 2: Sin’s Design

Bad Apple: Sin’s Design  Introduction Influenza. Marburg. Rabies. Ebola. Just hearing their names strikes fear into our hearts as we think about one of man’s oldest enemies: the virus. Scientist estimate there are 10^31 viruses in the world. That’s 10 with 31 zeros behind it—if you were able to take all of the viruses and line them end to end, they would extend 200 lightyears into space. Interesting facts about the virus: Not considered living, but not quite dead. Reproduce…

Bad Apple: Part 1: Sin’s Definition

Bad Apple: Sin Defined  Introduction  Youtube video went viral depicting 68-year-old bus monitor named Karen being bullied by several teenagers who, for ten straight minutes, hurled insults at this widowed grandmother. Four students from New York curse, threaten, and deride this elderly lady calling her old, poor, fat, and a troll. One teen told her that the didn’t have any family because they killed themselves so as not to be near her. In October of this past year, we witnessed…