Sermon: God’s Gospel

God’s Gospel Ephesians 2:8-10 February 24, 2019 If I were to ask you to complete this sentence, how would you finish it?  The most well-known verse in the Bible is… My guess is the first thing you’d say is, “John 3:16.”  Then you might suggest, Genesis 1:1.  Or Psalm 23.  Or Romans 3:23 (“all have […]

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Remembering Christ

Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it will likely breed forgetfulness. If you have been around for 20,000 sunrises, it takes an extraordinary sunrise to capture your attention. If you have seven children, the arrival of the last child and his acquisition of language and mobility probably won’t produce wonder in you. After 62 […]

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The Lamb is…

There are many pictures in the New Testament to describe the person and work of Jesus Christ.  One of the lesser used, but more commonly known is Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. We frequently think of Christ as the Lamb of God because of His sacrificial work in atoning for our sin — […]

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Sermon: Behold the Lamb of God

“Behold the Lamb of God…” John 1:29 November 27, 2016 In one sense, the death of Christ is a simple truth understood even by the youngest child. I am a sinner and Jesus died for sinners so that we can get to Heaven and get God. In another sense, there are deep complexities to the […]

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The wonderful love of Christ

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from The Lord’s Supper. It was wonderful love that Christ should suffer death. “Lord,” says Bernard, “thou hast loved me more than thyself, for thou didst lay down thy life for me.” The Emperor Trajan […]

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Sermon: Behold the Man!

“Behold the Man!” John 19:1-5 October 2, 2016 Familiarity, it is said, breeds contempt. It may not always breed contempt, but very often, it does produce apathy. We are familiar with someone or something so we no longer find the amazement and joy that we did when we were first introduced to that item or […]

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Sermon: What Christ Has Done

“What Christ Has Done” Colossians 2:11-15 May 1, 2016 Author and publisher Leonard Woolf (husband of Virginia Woolf) lamented near the end of his life, “I see clearly that I have achieved practically nothing. In the world today and the history of the human anthill during the past five to seven years would have been […]

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A remarkable help to believers

This Sunday we will partake of the ordinance of communion.  As the word “communion” suggests, it is a time of fellowship.  But the fellowship anticipated by the word is not communion with one another, but communion with Christ.  It is an intimate reflection on and remembrance of the death and resurrection of Christ. And as […]

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Another thought about redemption

Still a few more leftovers from Sunday’s sermon on redemption:  while it is always good to speak of the truth of God’s work for us on the cross, how might we stimulate our hearts to gratitude and joy in that work, and transformation by that work?  Here are three suggestions for what you might do […]

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Christ’s work of redemption

In his book, Scandalous, D. A. Carson has a helpful discussion of the concept of redemption and its use in the ancient world — In our world a word like redemption belongs to God-talk. In other words you normally do not talk fluently about redemption in everyday life. Redemption is something religious people talk about. […]

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