“The Word of Salvation” part 3

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Salvation” part 3 The Sacrificial Word Throughout Scripture, God repeats that He does not delight in the sacrifice of burnt offerings (e.g. 1 Sam. 15:22; Pss. 40:6; 50:8; 51:16; Prov. 21:3; Hos. 6:6; Heb. 10:5-7).  Why?  Because He’d rather enjoy obedience.  When we trust and obey Him, there…

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“The Word of Salvation” part 2

Sunday Morning Sermon Series: “The Word of Salvation” part 2 “The Living Piercing Word” A large portion of today’s sermon will consist of quotations/sermons from others who have acknowledged the utter uniqueness of Jesus and the unparalleled impact He has had on history. So too with the Scriptures, which all point to the person and…

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“Righteous Redeemer” Luke 4:18

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Righteous Redeemer”  Luke 4:18 The Declaration of Independence is a document that acknowledges humans’ unalienable rights endowed by our “Creator” who is God of “Nature” and Nature’s “Laws” (legislative), “Supreme Judge” (judicial), and who governs “Providence” (executive). The Declaration of Independence is a profound yet simple document of words. But it…

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“The Word of Salvation” part 1

Sunday Morning Sermon Series: “The Word of Salvation” part 1 “The Condemning Word” part 1 To condemn people is not our prerogative. To condemn political correctness is. Such is not being political but being biblical. Politics is the use of deceptive rhetoric in order to grab, maintain, and gain power and nothing more. It is…

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“The Word of Incarnation” part 3

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Incarnation” part 3 “The Word of the Living Temple” We considered the Word of the Tabernacle and how the Church is a large part of the fulfillment of it.  Perhaps a little less foreign to you is the concept of Jesus himself being the Temple.  No doubt that…

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“The Word of Incarnation” part 2

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Incarnation” part 2 “The Word of the Tabernacle” There are some circles of Christian study groups, sermons, books, and teachings which go into great details of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.  Such are very helpful in pointing to multiple aspects of the person and work of Christ.  However,…

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“The Word of Incarnation” part 1

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Incarnation” part 1 The Word Preincarnate part 1 The Word of the LORD is a person; but before the incarnation of the Word, God’s people experienced the Word manifested in various ways (Heb. 1:1-2).  Samuel heard the audible Word. Abraham saw, sat with, spoke with, and ate with…

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“The Word of Revelation” part 4

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Revelation” part 4 Because every word that comes from the mouth of God is true, righteous, and beautiful, He need not make a vow. What is interesting is that when it comes to our salvation, He actually did “swear” so to speak (see Heb. 6:13-14). And the author…

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“The Word of Revelation” part 3

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Revelation” part 3 The Word of the Prophets.  The Word is full of motifs (tapestries of themes) which point to the Person of salvation. In hindsight, we see that the Feasts depicted major aspects of Jesus’ person and work. We see how He is the fulfillment of Sabbath…

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“The Word of Revelation” part 2

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Revelation” part 2 The Word of Law (or righteousness) is the same as the Word of love.  We live with our carnal desires (the flesh) and have been totally depraved; thus our thinking, motives, and even worship has been tainted by sin.  Jesus, however, was born of the…

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“The Word of Revelation” part 1

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Revelation” part 1 Everything except God must have context.  All creation is in the context of the eternal Word.  For example:  galaxies, our solar system, and earth are governed in and by the environment of the cosmos, while spiritual beings such as angels and humans are governed by…

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“The Word of Creation” part 2

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Creation” part 2 What we are about to explore is seldom emphasized or hardly preached in the Church. However, what we consider now is fundamental, theological, and necessarily biblical. To understand who we are is to better understand who God is – and we cannot do such without…

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The Word of Creation (Part 1)

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  The Word of Creation (Part 1) I have chosen to switch our series in John to Wednesdays in order to present this series about the Word on Sundays. Although I think hyperbole should be appropriately used, I don’t like it when pastors unduly hype up certain realities, topics, or virtues. Therefore,…

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“The Righteous Shepherd” John 10:1-21

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Righteous Shepherd”  John 10:1-21 Palm Sunday not only looks back to when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as they cried out ‘hosanna.”  It also recounts the prophecies of God that He himself would come to save them and be their Shepherd King.  As Hosea wrote, The King/Shepherd would come…

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“Metaphorical Miracle” John 9

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Metaphorical Miracle”  John 9 The greatest miracle I know is that I was blind and now I see! “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (Jn. 3:36; see…

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“Sons of Satan” John 8:37-59

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Sons of Satan”  John 8:37-59 Are you a slave or an heir?  Is your father God or the devil?  Do you abide in Christ or dismiss His claim of being the Almighty God?  In His argument with the Jews, Jesus had to correct their assumptions of their spiritual status and His…

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“From Slavery To Son-ship” John 8:21-36

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “From Slavery To Son-ship”  John 8:21-36 Continued Confrontation:  Jesus is Judge of heaven and earth.  Nevertheless, those who confronted Him assumed to be in judgment of (or even over) Him.  He simply shared the cold hard truth with them and that truth He gave to the religious ones of His day…

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“Spiritual Armor” Ephesians 6:10-20

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  “Spiritual Armor”  Ephesians 6:10-20  (Multiple parts) An excerpt from Pastor Chris Hall’s notes:  Having put on the breastplate of God’s truth, righteousness, and faithfulness doesn’t mean we no longer associate with the sinner. We are still, in fact, sinners who must befriend sinners. I know of self-righteous Christians who say that…

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“The Light of the World” John 8:12-20

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Light of the World”  John 8:12-20 One cannot live without making judgments but we must strive not to be judgmental (condemnatory).  We are people of the light though we must walk in a dark world; thus we must use discernment and judge righteously.  We need to be ‘street smart’ Christians…

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“Guilty Accusers” John 7:53-8:11

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Guilty Accusers”  John 7:53-8:11 This jewel of a passage has mystery and debate about where and whether or not it should be in our Bibles. However, scholars for centuries have agreed and acknowledged that its place in the canon is appropriate. It may seem a bit or a lot disjointed but…

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“Public Apocalypse” John 7:37-52

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Public Apocalypse”  John 7:37-52 It is difficult to be patient while waiting for truth to be revealed.  However, I’m learning patience as I continually remind myself that God is in control and will reveal all things in due time.  Jesus had initially refused to go the great feast when urged by…

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“Christ’s Final Return”

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  “Christ’s Final Return” (Two parts.) An excerpt from Pastor Chris Hall’s notes: Jesus’ first advent entailed His incarnation, perfection (including temptation), reconciliation (including separation), resurrection, ascension, and session (including impartation, administration, and intersession). Jesus’ Second Advent involves His glorification and exaltation; our resurrection, extrication, exultation, glorification, compensation, and communion; the wicked’s…

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“Harsh Words?” John 6:60-71

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Harsh Words?”  John 6:60-71  Jesus’ words were ‘hard’ and seemingly offensive and divisive. Well, they may have been difficult to take but not so difficult to get. They may also be divisive because truth has a way of dividing right and wrong, good and evil. However, His words were not offensive;…

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“Heavenly Hosts’ Herald” Luke 2:8-14

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Heavenly Hosts’ Herald”  Luke 2:8-14 We have considered Mary’s and Zechariah’s Christmas songs which emphasize Jesus’ character and mission. Here we consider the angels’ song which emphasizes the manner and method in which Jesus visited us. Of course these songs overlap with regard to Jesus’ person, mission, method, attitude, etc. and…

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“Prophesy of Praise” Luke 1:68-79

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Prophesy of Praise”  Luke 1:68-79 When we considered Mary’s song of praise, we saw what God is like. He is a mindful, mighty, merciful, and methodic being. As we consider Zechariah’s poem of praise, we see what God has done for us. He has planned, promised, prepared, and performed, a powerful,…

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“Eternal Food” John 6:26-51

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Eternal Food”  John 6:26-51 The Jews had an erroneous focus on a worldly king, national redemption, political Messiah, and earthly prosperity. They had the Prophets and Writings of God, the Temple and priesthood, but they looked to national liberation and prosperity foretold in their scriptures. What was also foretold in those…

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“Crossing the Sea” John 6:15-25

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Crossing the Sea”  John 6:15-25 Jesus will let us be alone. He will even allow us to be alarmed. But the same storms which bring chaos, doubt, conflict, and pain in our lives are the same storms over which He is Lord. He will approach His own to either calm the…

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“Servant King” John 6:1-15

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Servant King”  John 6:1-15 “The key, beyond our believing in God’s ability and will to use us, lies in the wholeheartedness of our surrender to him. William Booth’s secret is an open one. Asked to explain the phenomenal impact of his life, he replied, ‘For the last eighty years God has…

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“Who’s on Trial?” John 5:16-47

“Who’s on Trial?”  John 5:16-47 Although Jesus knew their hearts were hardened toward Him; He offered them, His disciples, and now us evidence for who He is. He was not on trial but they were. The mother of all questions came from Jesus: “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus offered us evidence not…

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“A Mat Without A Man” John 5:1-17

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “A Mat Without A Man” John 5:1-17 Though revolving around a miracle, this passage is about the refusal to trust Jesus’ clear authority over nature, health, sin, and (later) even death (vv. 28-29). John’s Gospel account divides those who encountered Jesus by those who believed and are saved, and those who…

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“A Servant Leader” Acts 6:1-7

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “A Servant Leader” Acts 6:1-7 A deacon in the Southern Baptist Church is an office of service. The term is used of “serving tables” (deacon tables) and is stated in Acts 6, and the Greek term for table is used for more than food. It also is used of money tables.…

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“Words, Witness, and Works” John 4:27-54

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Words, Witness, and Works”  John 4:27-54 Jesus didn’t stay long where He got too much attention and He visited people and places where He’d not typically be accepted. Seems counter-intuitive to us. But to God, such is necessary. Paradoxically, those from whom He came needed more evidence to believe in Him,…

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“Wellspring of Worship” John 4:1-26

Sunday Morning Sermon Series: “Wellspring of Worship” John 4:1-26 When I attempt to create witnessing opportunities, I find that people are not looking For God or His righteousness (Ro. 3:10-11).  That is why I have to point to sin (theirs and mine) and the necessity for repentance, sacrifice, substitution, righteousness, and mercy.  Jesus is the…

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“Joy for Jesus” John 3:22-36

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Joy for Jesus” John 3:22-36 There is much upon which Christian folk disagree. There is always opportunity for opposition but we ought to seek points of agreement firstly. The main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things! Although a controversial figure, John the baptizer (crazy…

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“Salvation in the Son” John 3:12-21

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Salvation in the Son” John 3:12-21 Jesus told Nicodemus what was necessary to enter the “Kingdom of God” (being born from above – Jn. 3:5) and went on to explain how to attain “everlasting life” (vv. 13-16). After mentioning the mystery of the Spirit, who gives us new life and thus…

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“Scandalous Scene at the Temple” John 2:13-25

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Scandalous Scene at the Temple” John 2:13-25 Imagine a young public servant barging into the Capital Building while congress was in session, taking and breaking the gavel while accusing congress that they have made a mockery of the US Constitution by exploiting the tax paying citizens. And after they demanded his…

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“Secret Sign at a Wedding” John 2:1-12

Sunday morning series:  “Secret Sign at a Wedding” John 2:1-12 It’s occasionally acknowledged that Scripture begins and ends with a wedding. This itself tells us a lot. Wedding feasts are expensive! They are arduous to plan, prepare, and manage. But they can be the most beautiful and pleasant events to which our memories cling for…

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“The King/Prince” John 1:47-51

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The King/Prince” John 1:47-51 It is not so amazing that the eternal God created the cosmos, but it is incomprehensible that God became flesh.  It is not so amazing that after He was incarnated that He justified believers, but it is wonderfully amazing that He confounded the wise and achieved His…

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