Those who enter the kingdom of God do so through repentance and faith. God welcomes them into His kingdom; giving them a new heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness (Matt 5:6). The Beatitudes, as we learned earlier, describe the character of a Christian; namely, what Christ is developing in them. In our next section… Continue reading Christian Witness (Matthew 5:10-16)
Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someone… Continue reading The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)
After Jesus was baptized by John and spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He traveled through Galilee teaching “in their synagogues...proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt 4:23). He was so popular that a large crowd followed Jesus and “seeing… Continue reading The Sermon on the Mount: Introduction (Matthew 5-7)
This year in VBS our children will learn that God’s “divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). Specifically, they will learn: Day 1: Jesus Cares About Me (Luke 15:1-7). Jesus seeks out those who… Continue reading VBS: Gear up! Get Ready! Game on!
On Father’s Day, we honor fathers by listening to a wise father’s teaching. A wise father’s instructions are “life to those who find them, and health to one’s whole body” (22). He says: Guard Your Heart (23) The wise father tells his children to guard their heart. Notice that we are not told to follow… Continue reading A Wise Father’s Teaching (Proverbs 4)
Our focus in this sermon is The Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is one of two ordinances (the other being baptism) instituted by Christ for the Church. An ordinance is a decree or demand. The ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are demands from Christ for His Church to obey. The Gospels mention Jesus… Continue reading The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
Ladies, what do you think of when you hear about the “Proverbs 31 Woman”? Do you think of a spiritual Wonder Woman? Do you see an unattainable standard that leaves you depressed? How should we understand Proverbs 31? Proverbs 31:10-31 is a poem King Lemuel composed to remind him of his mother’s advice for seeking… Continue reading A Proverbs 31 Blessing (Mother’s Day)
Jesus commissioned His church to make disciples. In this sermon series we learn how.
Last week we learned that Jesus’ miracles were not just random acts of kindness. Jesus’ miracles were signs meant to authenticate His claim to be the Christ, the Son of God. The signs were verifiable proof that Jesus was sent from God (John 3:2). Last week we looked at 4 of Jesus’ signs and today… Continue reading Jesus’ Signs in the Gospel of John: Part 2
Good signs deliver the intended message with clarity. For example, a good ‘Stop’ sign is properly placed and clearly visible. Good signs in a restaurant let you know where to locate the restroom (and which one is which!). One of my favorite signs is the lunch special sign at Las Brisas. Signs are also important… Continue reading Jesus’ Signs in the Gospel of John: Part 1