My 4/23/17AM sermon, Why Galatians? from Galatians 1:1-5, is now online. This sermon helped introduce the book of Galatians to our body and showcase why it’s worthy of our study. Considering who Paul was, what our need is, and how God’s glory is the end of the matter helped clarify why we should study. I hope this sermon encourages you.
This coming Sunday, Lord willing, we’ll get rolling in to the book of Galatians with a sermon on Galatians 1:1-5. I really hope to help everyone see why we need to study this book and what we can hope to see through our study of it. It’s a great week to plug in and join us. Our Corporate Worship begins at 10:15AM on Sundays. In the meantime, you could read through this book before Sunday and ask yourself, why is this letter important. Hope to see you then.
My 4/16/17 (Easter) sermon out of Galatians 1:1 entitled Jesus, Raised From The Dead, is now online. This sermon helped kick off our Galatians series as well as give a good summary of what we gathered to celebrate on Easter. Specifically, this sermon helped show how the Gospel message points to Easter glories. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you glorify God with your life.
Scotty Smith is such a blessing with his grace-infused prayers. Here’s one on Post-Resurrection Awesomeness that is fitting for this Monday after Easter…
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27 (ESV)
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32 (ESV)
Lord Jesus, of all your post-resurrection appearances (1 Cor. 15:3-7), my favorite is the visit you give to these forlorn friends on the road to Emmaus. I have much in common with them (Luke 24:13-35), for I too can be “foolish and slow of heart.” Thank you for your tenacious tenderness, limitless patience, and steadfast love.
Keep doing for me what you did for our Emmaus Road brothers. Help me to see you everywhere in the Scriptures, for you are the main point and primary hero in the entire Bible. You’re our Substitute to trust long before you’re our example to follow. You lived in our place and you died in our place, and rose victorious for our justification. Hallelujah!
May Moses’s words—especially the Law, constantly drive me to you. For you’ve fulfilled the demands of the law for us, and are now fulfilling the beauty of the law in us. We could sooner sneeze the sun into existence than we could earn our salvation by our works. Keep me free from every form of performance-based spirituality, Lord.
And, Jesus, keep convincing me that you are the resounding “Yes!” to every promise God has made through the prophets—not just with respect to your cross, but also to your crown (2 Cor. 1:20). Having risen from the dead, you are now making all things new. You are sovereign over every molecule and moment, every person and place. Faith, not fear, is the order of this day, and every day.
Jesus, give me an incurable case of “redemptive heartburn,” like that which you ignited in the hearts of our Emmaus brothers. Keep showing me more of your glory and grace, that I might give you the adoration and allegiance of which you alone are worthy. So very Amen I pray, in your loving and transforming name.
This weekend, we’ll roll through Good Friday to emerge Easter Sunday morning, celebrating the amazing truth that Jesus rose from the dead. I found this poem from Richelle Goodrich that fuses Easter, Jesus and Spring:
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.”
Join us this coming Sunday at 10:15AM as we start working through the book of Galatians, thinking about Jesus and the hope we have in the resurrection.
I’ve been posting on my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds videos and graphics related to Holy Week. The content relates to the book The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor. I’m posting all these graphics and videos here:
On Sunday, April 9, I preached the final sermon in the 4 G’s series. This series sought to connect truth we know about God with how we live. God is Gracious is the sermon from 4/9. This sermon helped us see that because God is gracious, we don’t have to prove ourselves. We did a lot of work in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. I hope it encourages you to find freedom in the amazing God and what God has done for you through His Son.