This sermon examines the fourth of the Five Solas: Christ Alone (based on Acts 4:8-12). Here, we rejoice that "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
This sermon examines the third of the Five Solas: Scripture Alone (based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17). Knowing what Paul meant when he states that all Scripture is "God-breathed" gives us confidence that God's Word is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin). Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only." Herein lies the glory of the Reformation. They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements. And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This sermon examines the second of these "solas": By Faith Alone (based on Romans 1:17 and James 2:14-19).
Does history shapes who we are? I want to think so, but my inclination today is that when we want it to, it doesn’t, but (and here’s the kick in the pants) when we don’t want it to affect us, it does. Here’s the history I want to shape me. Not surprisingly, it’s from Paul Revere and the American Revolution. For those who don’t know, on “April 18 in 1775” (“hardly a man is now alive”), Paul Revere set off on his historic ride to my hometown. His goal was to warn the minutemen in Lexington and Concord that the regulars were coming to steal their military supplies and arrest Hancock and Adams (they were busy keeping a low profile in a tavern in Lexington – you know that Sam Adams!). If you know the poem (“Listen my children and you shall hear. . . .”), you get the feeling
By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the "Five Solas" (think of them as the Reformation's "five spiritual laws," but in Latin). Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word "sola" simply means "alone" or "only." Herein lies the glory of the Reformation. They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements. And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel. This introductory sermon in our series examines the first of these "solas": By Grace Alone (based on Ephesians 2:1-10).
Based on Colossians 3:12-14, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by forgiving one another as a conclusion to our series, The Other Approach.
Since God teaches that "perfect love drives out fear," it stands to reason that we are also called to serve others by helping to "remove or minimize" the fears they carry in their hearts. Based on 1 John 4:15-18, consider how we can build up stronger relationships by this aspect of The Other Approach.
God calls us to "serve one another"; therefore, this sermon takes a closer look at what it means to Meet the Needs of the Other based on Galatians 5:13-15 in order to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.
This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, "Meeting the Needs of the Other," by clicking here. *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words
Ephesians 4:29 gives us great guidelines for when to speak and when to listen, as well as a solid treatment of the often-misunderstood concept of what is meant by "wholesome talk" as opposed to "unwholesome talk." It's all part of learning to embrace The Other Approach. To hear the accompanying “Out on a Limn” and to learn more about this part of our worship, click here.
This portion of our worship service called “Out on a Limn*” is designed to give a “visual or practical application” of our main theme for a particular worship service. This “Limn” was part of our series, The Other Approach, and you can listen to the accompanying sermon, “Listening to the Other,” by clicking here. *limn–to depict or illustrate visually or in words
Based on Romans 13:8-10, this sermon begins to explore an other-centered approach to relationships in light of God's command to "love one another" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."
This sermon continues the study of how a selfish approach to relationships violates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and leads to difficult relationships that are not based on love.
I didn’t see the remake. I don’t know if I want to see the remake. In fact, some things shouldn’t be remade. But I loved the original. Growing up, The Magnificent Seven was my western of choice. Seven gunfighters are hired to defend a small Mexican village from an entire army of bandits. They know the odds are against them going in, but odds don’t matter. They have a job to do. Now, to achieve the proper effect, play the theme music loudly in your head and then reread those last three sentences. It kind of gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it? Keep the music playing and then listen intently as Steve McQueen says, “We deal in lead, friend.” Let it play some more and listen in as Cavera (the head of the bad guys) mocks all the new walls the villagers have made saying, “These won’t keep me out.” Only
When we look at our strained relationships, we ought to be able to identify where the train went off the tracks. And we can. It's our approach. We love the self-centered approach, but love demands that we use the "other" approach. This first sermon in the series contrasts our "selfish approach" to relationships with Paul's description of "the other approach" found in 1 Corinthians 13.
This sermon helps us understand the Psalms' prophecy of Jesus' birth more clearly.
You can't really understand Christmas without understanding the Old Testament. And that means you can't truly sing about Christmas without first singing the songs of the Old Testament, the Psalms. And at Christmas time, you've got to sing! This is the first of four sermons based on four different psalms that speak powerfully about the promise and hope of Christmas in a series we've entitled, The Psalms of Christmas. This sermon examines Psalm 2.
The year was 1980. The Olympics were weeks away, but everyone knew. The US hockey team wasn’t that good. Coach Herb Brooks had chosen to go an unorthodox route to build his team, and it wasn’t paying off. Instead of loading up on the best college players in the land, he chose, instead, to fill his roster with those who he thought would make the most cohesive team, even if that meant choosing lesser-skilled players. It sounded wise; but when that team played the Soviets in a pre-Olympic exhibition game, they were crushed 10-3. And that is when everyone knew: the Olympics had not even started yet, but the US team was done. But then something strange happened when the games began. Far from being eliminated in the first round, the US team showed amazing resilience and came out of the first round winning four games and tying one (and
As we move fully into the Advent season, this is a fitting conclusion to our series on the Minor Prophets as we explore their understanding of the coming Messiah, based on Micah 5:1-9.
Giving advice is all around us. Some good. Some bad. Some terrible. Consider: “The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. He also accepteth gifts from a grouch.” --Catherine Hall “You should give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving.” --unknown “Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.” --Elizabeth Bibesco “Do yer givin’ while you’re livin’, so you’ll be knowing’ where its goin’.” --unknown “There is no grace in a gift that sticks to the fingers.” --Seneca “You’ll never be as lazy as the guy who named the fireplace.” –unknown Okay, the last quote wasn’t about giving, but I found it encouraging. And when you talk about giving, you want to be encouraging. Today, I want to encourage you by answering the question, “What does giving do for us?” As it turns out, it does all sorts of things. First, giving,