What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is a… Continue reading What Makes a Church Great?
Jesus commissioned His church to make disciples. In this sermon series we learn how.
Knowing where you are is vital to getting where you need to be. Most malls and large shopping centers have maps that indicate the location of shops and various amenities. One helpful tool on these maps is the “You Are Here” sticker. The purpose of this sticker, obviously, is to reveal your current location so… Continue reading Discipleship Self-Examination (Matt 4:19)
What happens when a church forgets her purpose? She becomes distracted and unconcerned as the devil steals, kills, and destroys. Do not be deceived, our enemy is on the prowl and ready to pounce; sowing seeds of discord in the world and leaving a trail of destruction. Jesus came to “destroy the works of the… Continue reading Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World
According to the Bible, a Christian should have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, great sorrow and unceasing anguish. No, those last two items are not a typo, but are vital characteristics of a Christian. How can this be? How can you have joy and sorrow and how can you have peace… Continue reading Great Sorrow & Unceasing Anguish (Rom 9)
In our text today, it is either Tuesday or Wednesday of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In a few days Jesus will be arrested, beaten, crucified, buried, and will be resurrected from the dead. Knowing this, Jesus has been preparing His disciples for what is to come. In verses 29-38, Jesus strongly challenged… Continue reading Don’t Be Dulled (Luke 21:29-38)
Over the past few weeks we have been studying Luke 21:5-38 in a series entitled “Shadow to Substance”. The phrase “Shadow to Substance” is important in the reading of our text because in verses 20-28 Jesus has a two-fold mission of preparation for His disciples. Therefore, in this sermon, we shall make two passes through… Continue reading Shadow to Substance: Preparation (Luke 21:20-28)
As we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke we now come to a section of Scripture (Luke 21:5-38) where Jesus teaches about the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. and of the coming end of the world. In verses 7-19, Jesus is preparing His disciples for their upcoming persecution before the Temple… Continue reading Shadow to Substance: Persecution (Luke 21:7-19)
Sermon: Shadow to Substance: The Temple Series: Gospel of Luke * Scripture: Luke 21:5-6 * Date: February 22, 2015 As we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke we now come to a section of Scripture (Luke 21:5-38) where Jesus teaches about the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. and of the coming end of the… Continue reading Shadow to Substance: The Temple (Luke 21:5-6)
Let us turn our attention in this sermon to Luke 20:45-21:4 and learn about “The Graft and the Gift”. In 20:45-47, Jesus condemned the scribes (and other hypocritical Jewish religious leaders) for their dishonest gain through their abuse of power. In 21-1-4, Jesus commended a poor widow for her selfless gift to God of all… Continue reading The Graft and the Gift (Luke 20:45-21:4)