My 6/2/13AM sermon, Bold Trust, overviewing Revelation 6-16 is now online. In this sermon, I sought to show some application for what these chapters might mean for the 1st century reader, and, as a result, for our lives as well. Specifically, these chapters encourage a bold trust in God, who will accomplish His plan. Along with this bold trust, we can expect resistance as well as a calling to be bold witnesses for Him. I hope it encourages you as well.
My 5/26/13AM sermon, Slain Lamb Standing, from Revelation 5:1-14 is now online. In this sermon, I seek to show how Jesus Christ is uniquely worthy of worship and praise. While we may rightly remember those loved ones who are no longer with us and those who have sacrificed to give us our freedom, let’s not neglect worshipping the only One who is eternally worthy of praise this holiday weekend. I hope this sermon helps you get there.
My sermon from 5/19/13 entitled The Creator’s Throne from Revelation 4:1-11 is now online. This sermon continues our church’s work through the book of Revelation and really helps us get a glimpse into this God we serve. Specifically, in this text, we see that He’s Holy, He’s Worthy of Praise and He’s the Creator of all things. He’s pictured in this chapter as sitting on a throne.
I hope you’re drawn in to worship and awe Him through this picture of Him in His Word.
My 5/12/13AM sermon is online. Entitled Worship God, this sermon was an overview of Revelation 4-5 showcasing some reasons why the One seated on the throne and the Lamb are worthy of worship. This is our eternal pole, our north star. Here’s how Spurgeon put it (a quote I used in my introduction from The Immutability of God):
“…plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea—be lost in His immensity. And you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul, so calm the swelling billows of grief and sorrow—so speak peace to the winds of trial—as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.”
Hope you had a great Mother’s Day worshipping God as you honor families.
My sermon from 5/5/13AM entitled Called To Dependence from Revelation 3:14-22 is now online. This sermon finished chapter 3 and the letters to the seven churches of Revelation. It is Christ speaking to His people compelling them with the picture of who He is that they might depend on Him for true, spiritual life. I hope it was helpful to those who heard. And, I hope you had a great Lord’s Day.
This coming Sunday, I plan to finish preaching through the seven churches of Revelation, specifically, dealing with Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. Here’s some tweets I’ve written related to this passage:
When Jesus speaks, He speaks an an authoritative, reliable and relevant person. (Revelation 3:14)
Jesus knows your life and wants you to believe. (Revelation 3:15)
Casual Christianity (relating to God as it’s comfortable) isn’t appealing to Jesus. (Revelation 3:16)
Living life without an active dependence on God grossly underestimates your spiritual reality. (Revelation 3:17)
Jesus’ counsel is that we come to Him as desperately needy people. (Revelation 3:18)
Jesus demonstrates His love by correcting those He loves, so we should nurture a heart for Him. (Revelation 3:19)
Hey! Jesus longs for fellowship with His people, so give Him a warm welcome. (Revelation 3:20)
When we persevere in Jesus, in the end we are given a hero’s welcome by Him. (Revelation 3:21)
Open your ears and hear what Jesus has to say. (Revelation 3:22)
I hope you come ready for all the Risen Christ wants to communicate with you…
My 4/28/13AM sermon, Called To Keep God’s Word, from Revelation 3:7-13 is online. Jesus, the Risen Christ, addresses the church at Philadelphia. He shows what gives Him the authority the make a request and then lovingly encourages a group of faithful believers to keep His Word. This short passage ends with future promises that help encourage the keeping of God’s Word.
While there are varying opinions on the thrust of Revelation 3:10, it’s easy to see the theme of keeping God’s Word is the overarching theme of this passage. I’m hopeful that as we worked through this, people were encouraged in their lives to persevere in challenging times by keeping God’s Word.
My 4/21/13 sermon, Called To Wake Up, from Revelation 3:1-7, highlighted the call of the Risen Christ upon His people to forsake the death they were dangerously close to and strengthen themselves in the Gospel. This will keep them from complacency and insure that their future is secure.
We all need wake up calls. It’s easy to go through life thinking we’re better than others, but when absolute perfection shows up, everything changes. Jesus, in this case, shows up and calls us to change. I hope you hear what He’s saying to you today.
My 4/14/13AM sermon, Called To Conviction from Revelation 2:18-29 continues my series through the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This book begins with Christ addressing His people and calling them to deeper expressions of faithfulness and perseverance. This Sunday’s sermon had to do with a call to acts of conviction. They were tolerating sin and its promotion in their midst and Jesus calls them to repent. I tried to keep the focus of the sermon not on ways culture disappoints us, but how we need to engage our own hearts before the Risen Christ. I hope it was encouraging. Take a listen and enjoy.
My sermon on 4/7/13AM out of Revelation 2:12-17 entitled Called To Doctrinal Purity is now online. While many (especially in Bible church settings like the one I pastor) pride themselves on what they believe, the call out of this passage from the Risen Christ for His people has to do with what you believe transferring to how you act. Specifically, they were leaving the truth to indulge in idolatry and immorality. Jesus calls them to the better provision and intimacy He offers, though. Churches of all ages are allured by the siren call of the world. Jesus is better and can silence those allurements for much better pleasures.
This was the thrust of the morning message. I hope it served the people of Crestview well and serves you well, should you give it a listen.