Sermon: The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:16-26 March 16, 2014 It’s about the size of a bowling ball, covered with sharp, stiff, spiny points, and grows on trees throughout southeast Asia, most predominantly in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. The business end of a durian, which is the inside, is mucuslike in consistency, and the unique […]

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The fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 reveals to us the kinds of fruit that the Spirit produces in the life of the believer who is walking with and filled with Him (Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:18-21).  These are not only in contrast to the deeds of the flesh, but they also relate to virtually every aspect of life, as shown […]

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Sermon: Christ in Us

The Message of the Cross:  Christ in Us Galatians 2:20-21 October 27, 2013 (Communion Sunday) There are many ways to talk about the cross of Christ.  Over the years I’ve not only preached the crucifixion passages, but I’ve also preached many other sermons relating to the effects and accomplishments of the cross.  We’ve seen how […]

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Bragging rights

It’s been called “the Me Monster” — the insatiable desire to exalt oneself and boast in one’s accomplishments.  A toddler will say, “Watch me, Mommy.”  A mom might say, “I just got my child’s report card today…”  A businessman will say, “I just closed the deal I’ve been working on for six months…”  A pastor […]

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Are you growing in fruitfulness?

Are you growing in spiritual fruitfulness? There are many questions that can be asked to evaluate one’s spiritual life. (Don Whitney’s book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health is a particularly helpful resource). But I ask this question because I think it encompasses many other questions that we might ask about the spiritual life, […]

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The work of ministry

Many years ago, when I was a first-year seminary student, a retired pastor in our church cornered me in a hallway one day, and knowing I was preparing for vocational ministry, asked me, “why do you do what you do?” I was perplexed.  He pressed in closer, both physically and metaphorically.  “Why do you do […]

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The gospel in miniature

Earlier this year, I preached a sermon entitled, “What is the Gospel?”  In that message, I attempted to provide the essence of the gospel, explaining it with six words (grace, man, God, Christ, faith, hope), then one sentence (“Our sin is imputed to Christ and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us so that we can […]

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Boasting in the cross

We are people of the cross. The cross is the source of our spiritual life.  It is the reason for our hope.  It is the foundation of our victorious living.  Paul says it this way: “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which […]

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Reading Galatians

Today we begin reading the book of Galatians. This is the first of Paul’s letters, and it is key to understanding the relationship between gospel and law, grace and legalism. The purpose of the letter is clearly stated in the introductory section of the book (1:1-10): Judaizers had infiltrated the Galatian church and had attempted […]

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Self-examination and boasting

Self-examination will lead to boasting. At least that’s what Paul says.  And he says such self-examination and boasting is good and beneficial: But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. Two truths dominate this verse: the […]

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