My 4/17/16 sermon, Cleansing The Temple from John 2:13-25, is now online. This particular passage shows an amazing picture of Jesus cleansing the temple. I try to make sense of this and at the same time help show why Jesus did what He did related to signs. To put it simply, He pointed to His life, death, and resurrection in what He was showing. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 4/3/16AM sermon, Water to Wine from John 2:1-12, is now online. Keeping in mind how this passage ends, manifesting the glory of Christ and His followers believing, it’s easy to see how this passage is meant to move us to trust in Jesus. We have such a difficult time doing this. We’re anxious about so many things in life, but Jesus, the Rock Solid foundation, provides One in whom we can trust. I hope this sermon helps you see and trust Him.
We enjoyed an amazing day at Crestview on Easter. The entire weekend from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, really drew attention to Jesus and hopefully encouraged people to praise Him for who He is and what He’s done. My Easter sermon, Don’t Disbelieve; Believe! from John 20:24-29, examined the doubting Thomas narrative and my outline had to do with the progression to celebrating Easter from disbelief, to Jesus’ nearness, to confession, and blessing. I hope it encourages you.
My 3/6/16AM sermon, The Word from John 1:1-18, is now online. This sermon meant we are now actually digging in to the Gospel of John verse by verse. This sermon, in particular, sought to answer the question, “How would you introduce Jesus?” Many of us might go all kinds of routes in helping others understand Jesus, but John takes us to the preeminence of Jesus, carries us through creation, to the work that Jesus would come to do and how He took on flesh. It’s much deeper than we would think someone would go. But, that’s what made this sermon so fun. I hope you’ll listen and find encouragement in it.
Our men continue to work through the 33 series on A Man and His Work. I was encouraged last night seeing how Nehemiah was afraid, but that didn’t keep him from dreaming. The work of prayer and planning, cultivating and creating, can prove monumental at times. This series is helping me think in better ways about my work. I hope others can join us. The next lesson happens on April 3.
My 1/31/16AM sermon, Believer’s Benefits (2) from 1 John 5:18-21, is now online. The sermon wrapped up my work in 1 John which began way back in June 2015. And, in particular, this sermon focused us in on the benefits that believers in Jesus enjoy. I hope it’s encouraging to you.
My 1/17/16AM sermon, Believer’s Benefits (1) from 1 John 5:13-17, is now online. This sermon was the first of a brief 2 part sermon set that highlight the difference that believing in Jesus Christ makes in the life of those who believe. This sermon was grouped together because both of my points had to do with confidence: confidence for eternal life and boldness in our prayers. So, I hope this sermon encourages you in relationship: the relationship you have with God your Father through Jesus Christ, His Son.
My 1/10/16AM sermon tried to unpack the clear Testimony To Life found in 1 John 5:6-12. What we see in this passage is a clear statement of who Jesus Christ is, implications for what that means and a demand to respond accordingly (specifically to believe). Lest you think this is only for those who don’t believe in Christianity, 1 John 5:13 rings out a call that these things were written to those who believe so that they may know that they have eternal life. I hope this sermon serves you well. There were also small group questions developed on this passage to help you engage it.
My 1/3/16AM sermon, Faith Overcomes from 1 John 5:1-5 is now online. One way God works assurance in His people is by showing the fruit of lives that are born of God, those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This sermon unpacked the fruit of love, obedience and a reality of faith that overcomes the world. I hope it encourages you.
My 12/27/15AM sermon, Love Perfected from 1 John 4:17-21, is now online. Just like we’d expect to be chilled walking outside on a day with a 5 degree wind chill or be satisfied after eating at a buffet, we can expect that when God moves into our lives with His love, things will be affected. His love perfected in us, means we can expect certain things to characterize our lives. These are what I tease out of this passage. Hope it helps you.
My 12/20/15AM sermon, Christmas in 1 John, looked at various texts in 1 John. Many times we can get stuck at Christmas studying the Bible just looking at the familiar stories of the Gospels (Matthew 1 and Luke 1-2). In recent years, I’ve tried to tease out this theme in the various books of the Bible we’re studying and this was the case yesterday. Christmas in 1 John could be summarized as the Father sent the Son, the Son came in the flesh, and through Him we get life. I hope it helps you.