“Social Justice and The Gospel”

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Social Justice and The Gospel” multiple parts There is a great division within the visible Church today and as the division grows more distinct, one better know where he or she stands on the issues. It is our duty to make certain our stance is firmly founded on a correct interpretation…

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“The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 6

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 6 “Marks of Ministers” We all bear marks of sin in our lives.  Some marks are psychological, some are physical, and many are spiritual.  Like scars, these marks can serve as reminders of damage.  Unlike some scars, the damage of sin is irreparable.  It’s a…

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“The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 5

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 5 “Faith’s Foci” As believers, we must see things through heaven’s eyes.  If we see things as “under the sun,” we will easily be distracted, discouraged, and in disdain.  But if we look at life as “under the Son,” we remember the age to come,…

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“The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 4

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 4 “The Body of Faith” I was taught that a sermon ought to have one main point, and thus it should have a targeted intro, body, and conclusion/invitation.  Such an approach would be to make the message distinct, clear, attainable, and perhaps even concise.  I’m…

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“The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 3

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Normal Supernatural Life” 2 Cor 3 The normal Christian life is a glorified life but not one the world desires. Vision, righteousness, cleansing, life, and glory are what the Spirit of Christ produces in our lives. But the evil one has his counterfeits. His glory is that which includes the…

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“Authentic or Counterfeit Gospel?”

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Authentic or Counterfeit Gospel?” The War The Ideals The Costs There is a spiritual epidemic today.  It is a deficiency of the employment of discernment in the Church.  To be fair, some in the visible church are not using discernment because they don’t truly know the Word (Mat. 7:21-23).  And those…

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“Wolves in Wool”

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “Wolves in Wool” Scripture has much to say about false teachers/prophets. In fact, Jesus saved His most scathing condemnation for the authoritative establishment Pharisees of His day. Why? Not because they were teaching heresy or disdaining Scripture, but because they were hypocritically teaching it and failing to see how Jesus is…

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Question and Answer Time

Special Sunday Morning Question and Answer time. 29 August 2021 Jesus is the answer! You may ask, “What’s the question?” As the Antitype to the ancient type and the Substance to the ancient shadows, He is the answer to the ancient prophesies, ceremonies, and promises. He is the answer to our problem of sin. He…

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“In His Image” parts 1 and 2

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “In His Image” parts 1 and 2 What does gender have to do with God, Scripture, the Church, or the Gospel? Everything! God created two genders, male and female, so as to bear His image because He is a relational triune being who is love. Both genders are equally valued and…

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Wednesday Night Bible Study: “John 12:20-36”

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  “John 12:20-36” (Multiple parts) Hour at Hand Hour Signaled (20-22) Hour of Jesus’ Glory (23) Hour of Death (24-27, 32-33) Hour of Dread (27) Hour of Father’s Glory (28-30) Hour of Judgment (31) Hour of Victory (31) Hour of Attraction (32-34) Hour of Darkness (35-36) Click here for Bible study notes…

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“The Word of Salvation” part 5

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Salvation” part 5 The Final Word I once heard it said that Jesus is the only true individual. No one has, is, or will ever be all that Jesus is or could do all that Jesus has done. It is true that we are being conformed to His…

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“The Word of Salvation” part 4

Sunday Morning Sermon Series:  “The Word of Salvation” part 4 The Glorified Word What is the promise of the beatific vision? What does it mean that we will see God? What is theosis or deification? Who believes in it? Will we partake of divinity? Mormons teach that as God is now, man will be; and…

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“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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