My 8/20/17AM sermon, Standing Firm in Freedom from Galatians 5:1-6, continues Crestview’s series through the book of Galatians. This series reminds us that there is no other gospel except the truth that we relate to God through Jesus Christ by faith. In this sermon, I unpacked Paul’s call for us to stand firm in freedom (which is abundantly supplied to us through Jesus Christ in the Gospel). We saw what freedom was not and what its destination was. So, I’m hoping you’re encouraged to stand firm in freedom and have a faith that works itself out in love.
My 8/13/17AM sermon, Two Sons from Galatians 4:21-31 (livestream archive here), is now online. This sermon dug back into Paul’s argument from Genesis 16-18. God promised that He’d give Abraham sons. Sarah attempted to “fix” this through her servant Hagar. This is like trying to “fix” our salvation by our own works. But, those who are really right with God achieve this because of Christ–and through faith in Him. I hope this sermon encourages you and helps you rest in Christ and expect resistance to these ideas.
My 8/6/17AM sermon, An Appeal to Resist, out of Galatians 4:12-20 is now online. This sermon really got at the Apostle Paul’s ministry heart: that Christ would be formed in others. And, some of the application I pressed related to that? Do you long for Christ to be formed in you? Are you working for Christ to be formed in others? I hope this sermon encourages you and helps you make progress in your journey to follow Christ.
My 7/30/17AM sermon, No Turning Back from Galatians 4:8-11. At this part of the book, Paul is expressing his concern for the Galatian believers, warning them to not go back to their own law-keeping as a way to be right with God. So, this sermon was my attempt to get at Paul’s heart. We need clarifying words like this, because we easily want to build our own righteousness. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 7/23/17AM sermon, Redeemed and Adopted from Galatians 4:1-7, is now online.
In this sermon, I agree with J.I. Packer:
“Our first point about adoption is that it is the highest privilege that the gospel offers” (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 206).
J. I. Packer rightly considers adoption the highest privilege of the gospel—higher even than justification—because of the richness of the relationship with God that it begins.
In adoption, God takes us into his family and fellowship—he establishes us as his children and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the relationship. To be right with God the Judge [justification] is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father [adoption] is a greater. (207)
We underestimate the privilege that is ours when we’ve been adopted by the Father. I hope this sermon helps you marvel at this and find encouragement.
We enjoyed an amazing Sunday at Crestview.
During the Sunday School hour, Luke and Julie gave us an update on what they’ve been up to in India. Email me if you’d like a copy of this audio.
During the AM worship service, we enjoyed the Lord’s Supper and got to hear Vivek Jones preach Galatians 3:10-14, Assured in Belonging. The big idea was that no amount of performance or law-keeping can undo the curse that failing to keep the entire law means for us. But, Christ bore the curse and now, by faith in Him, we get blessed with the Holy Spirit. I hope you enjoy the audio and are helped by it.
My 6/11/17AM sermon, Gospel Change from Galatians 2:17-21, is now online. One of the most famliar verses in Galatians is Galatains 2:20. Being able to see the power this verse holds in context proved a very valuable thing for me. But, the main point of this section is that the Gospel is able to transform us. We fight sin differently, we know life, and we are united to Christ. I hope this sermon encourages you.
This weekend, I was privileged to benefit from Ben Cornish visiting Crestview as he served at our body. During Sunday School, Ben updated us on the work he does with Teaching Truth International, equipping international pastors with the basics of the faith. Then, during the AM service, Ben preached Galatians 2:15-16 on The Gospel and Legalism. The sermon really was encouraging, helpful, and stirring. There were great depths of application explored and I’m still figuring out where legalism may exist in my heart and life.
I hope you had a great weekend, as well. Connect with Ben’s sermon if you’d like to continue in our Galatians series.
On 5/28/17 at Crestview, my Sunday School lesson got in to some good application about how the rhythms of Ephesians 6:1-4 can be applied in to lives. This lesson helped press our need to raise children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
During the AM service, I was privileged to lead a Q & A with Ben Cornish. Here’s the questions I asked:
My 5/21/17AM sermon, Gospel Conduct from Galatians 2:11-14, is now online. This sermon unpacked the scrum between Paul and Peter. Specifically, what was in view was conduct in keeping with the Gospel. I hope this sermon encourages you and helps you move forward.
And, in Sunday School, we thought about what it looks like to cultivate individual habits of the heart by setting our minds on things above, putting on the new self, and allowing God’s Word to richly dwell in us (from Colossians 3:1-17).