Sermon: God’s Great Gospel

God’s Great Gospel Romans 1-8 May 19, 2019 Today we close the book on Romans 8.  That means we are halfway through this great letter.  It means that we are transitioning to the fourth major section in the book — the sovereignty of God (chs. 9-11).  It means that we are leaving one of the […]

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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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The power of the cross, exemplified

We have noted that the cross is powerful.  We need to be convinced of its relevance, power, and wisdom.  That’s Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. But just how powerful is the cross? In 1838, Robert Murray M’Cheyne preached a sermon, “God Let None of His Words Fall to the Ground.”  To demonstrate the power […]

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Sermon: Prayer and the Gospel

“Prayer and the Gospel” Ephesians 6:18-20 January 7, 2018 One of my annual goals is to read at least one book each year on evangelism. So this week I read Rico Tice’s book, Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus When It’s Tough. In his introduction he writes: I find evangelism hard. The problem with […]

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The Reformation isn’t over

The fire of the Reformation was lit by the match of Luther’s 95 theses in 1517, even though the kindling of change had been established centuries before through the ministries of men like Augustine, Anselm, Wycliffe, and Hus. Some might think that following the separation of the Protestants from the Catholic Church that the Reformation […]

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How important is Sola Fide?

For 1-1/2 chapters at the beginning of Romans, Paul repeatedly emphasizes the doctrine of justification by grace alone (3:24) through faith alone (3:25, 28). Justification is not received through any kind of good works (4:1-8), though circumcision or physical heritage (4:9-12), or through obedience to the Law (4:13-16). It is by grace alone and through […]

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Is Hell tolerable?

Recently I saw an article about the nature of Heaven and Hell in which the author made this summary statement about the nature of Hell: …the torment in the lake of fire will be physical, mental, and spiritual torment, but…all of it will be tolerable. None of it will be unbearable. See Matt 11:22, 24. […]

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The gospel in three minutes

Yesterday I identified the gospel in six words. Here is the gospel that you can speak to someone in three minutes. God is gracious and merciful toward mankind. He has made us to live with Him and for Him and He provides the means by which we can do that. Man has rebelled against God. […]

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The gospel in six words

This year our church is actively working to create a culture of evangelism — regularly looking for opportunities to teach the gospel with the intent to persuade. One of the basic components of teaching the gospel is that you have to know what the gospel is.  There are many different biblical ways to articulate the […]

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What’s the message?

A message.  Every commercial has one.  So does every television show, movie, book, and website.  All sermons have them, and so does every conversation.  Some messages are obviously better and more clear than others, but every form of communication is given to convey a message. This is true of gospel conversations as well.  When we […]

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“I hated the righteousness of God”

I greatly longed to understand Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, and nothing stood in the way but that one expression, “the righteousness of God,” because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously in punishing the unrighteous.…Night and day I pondered until…I grasped the truth that the righteousness of […]

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Sermon: God’s Wrath Revealed

“God’s Wrath Revealed” Romans 1:18-19 August 30, 2015 It is clear that the world hates God. God’s morality is mocked. His truth is ignored. His commands are violated. Christ is scorned. What Jesus told his disciples in the first century is still true of both Him and us today — “If the world hates you, […]

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Sermon: The Wrath of God

“The Wrath of God” Romans 1:18 August 23, 2015 It was spring of my sophomore year in college (in Jacksonville, FL) and I had a bad case of spring fever.  A group of friends was headed to the beach on one particular day, and I had a dilemma — “beach or class?”  Sand and surf […]

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