Sun, Feb 23, 2020
With the abundance of grace that has been lavished on us, how should we respond?
Paul outlines two key expectations that come with God's grace.
God's grace isn't a hall pass to sin, it leads us to a transformed life where we are freed from sin's enslavement.
Sun, Feb 02, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 30 secs
We are all on the same level playing field before God.
None of us are exempt from the failures of sin and the reality of death.
Thankfully, all of us are invited by God to find salvation in Christ.
Our unfaithfulness does not cancel out his faithfulness to his redemption promise.
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 19 secs
Romans 1:18ff describes the negative side of our spiritual level playing field before God.
In other words, all people make the same fatal mistake - we've traded worship of God for the worship of creation.
Whether it's literal graven images or idols of our hearts, mankind has embraced sinful worship of false gods.
We are all equally guilty and have strayed in a completely comprehensive way.
The good news about Jesus stands out in relief to the darkness of the bad news. And we can't understand one without the other.
*Sermon starts around the 10:40 mark.
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Duration: 39 mins 14 secs
We wrap up our 1 Kings series by studying the second main message Elijah's life prophetically proclaimed. Namely, he and his prophet-peers pointed to the reality that God righteously reigned and was in control of all things.
Sun, Nov 10, 2019
Duration: 29 mins 31 secs
My many measures, the reigns of Omri and Ahaz were excellent times for the kingdom of Israel.
Despite the political stability and economic prosperity, the nation lacked religious piety.
Because sin and evil worsened and progressed, all of their other advancements became meaningless.
Prosperity is a tragedy when it comes at the expense of piety.
Sun, Nov 03, 2019
Duration: 39 mins 44 secs
Israel and Judah's apostasy and rebellion continue to worsen. Their history that's recorded in 1 Kings 14-16 is littered with evil kings though occasionally a good one rises up.
Overall though, even the good leaders don't totally reform their nations. Half-measures of repentance fail to cure their full-measures of rebellion. And the same is true for us.
Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Duration: 33 mins 29 secs
Jeroboam was placed in charge of the northern tribes of Israel directly by God.
Despite this great opportunity, he squandered it because of his own fears and insecurities. He was dedicated to doing his own thing and that led him and the nation astray.
His life exemplifies how disaster always comes to those who are dedicated to depravity.
Sun, Oct 06, 2019
Duration: 48 mins 28 secs
Solomon's reign began with a roar but ends in a whimper. And yet God will not abandon his people.
Dr. Rock LaGioia leads us to discover how God's unconditional promises can't be thwarted by the sins of his people.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Sarah's life story is full of ups and downs. Ultimately, her life teaches us about the walk of faith. Like all of us, she was a mistake-prone child of God who kept trusting God and received her promise.
(It appears that we don't currently have the audio available, so we'll be posting Pastor's sermon notes in a Word document instead)
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
Duration: 38 mins 52 secs
Extra-biblical writings, early church fathers, and even present day commentators all tend to paint Eve in a bad light. She was either too gullible, or she seduced Adam into sinning, or both.
But actually digging into Genesis 3 helps us discover a more accurate story. The fall involved believing lies and deception but also involved direct rebellion against God. And their mistake at the beginning is one we make over and over again - to say nothing of the fact that we'd do the same had it been us in Eden.
So let's take a closer look at Eve, Adam, and what Genesis 3 means for us.