My 6/17/18AM sermon, Exilic Living from 1 Peter 2:11-12, is now online. The sermon really got at what it means to live in this world. And, for the believer, the call (in light of who we are in Christ) is to forsake sin, having a life characterized by honorable conduct, making a difference in this world. Our lives should be compelling to the watching world around us. Too often, they aren’t. So, I’m hoping God uses this sermon to encourage others to really live. (I also incorporated this quote from Shawshank Redemption at the beginning of my sermon)
My 6/10/18AM sermon, Spiritual House (1 Peter 2:4-10), is now online. This passage dug down deep into our lives to expose an identity in Christ, which should change everything about how we live. Specifically, this passage showed that we are a holy priesthood (vv. 4-5), unashamed, honorable believers (vv. 6-8), and God’s people (vv. 9-10). I hope it encourages you.
This coming Sunday, June 10th, Lord-willing, I’ll be preaching on 1 Peter 2:4-10. This passage talks about believers being living stones, believers, a chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, people for His possession, God’s people, and receiving mercy. This identity is to loom large in–define–our lives. Unfortunately, too often, other things carry the storyline of our existence. Here’s a series of posts from Paul Tripp that provide some insight into our identity amnesia. I hope you’ll dig into these and benefit.
My 6/3/18AM sermon, The Word Works Love out of 1 Peter 1:22-2:3, is now online. This sermon got at one of the big problems in our world: how do we make people loving? And, the simple answer is that we can’t. However, God is up the challege of changing our desires and longings. He has news that affects our lives, grows us, and the fruit of this is love. I hope this sermon encourages you to grow in love.
Like I mentioned in April, I’m trying to do a better job this year of keeping track of books I’ve completed reading. As usual, there are some books/things, I’m always working in like the Bible (praying through the Psalms of the Day and doing lots of reading in 1 Peter in different translations), Sonship, as well as Crestview’s Leadership Pipeline material. In May I also did the He Reads Truth book on Psalms for Prayer.
In May, I was also able to work through the following:
My 5/20/18AM sermon, God’s Worth Provokes Action from 1 Peter 1:13-21, is now online. This sermon flowed out of the beginning of 1 Peter, which showed all kinds of reasons God is worthy of praise. On the heels of that, Peter calls us to actions that are appropriate for the future, present, and in light of the past. I really do hope it’s helpful. Here’s a quote from the sermon:
My good friend Luke has been at Crestview since last August. He’s heading back to India soon. Yesterday (Mother’s Day) he took some time to exhort, encourage, and challenge our church on what he’s observed over the past few months. The sermon was called Charge to Love. It was very encouraginmg and was a charge. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 5/6/18AM sermon, Gospel Privilege from 1 Peter 1:10-12, is now online. If you have an understanding of the Gospel, then Peter is writing to encourage you. You have understanding that evaded the prophets and something into which angels long to look. The upshot is that no matter what you face, you can walk in hope in the message you rest in. I hope this sermon encourages you.
This coming Sunday, 5/6, we’ll continue to work our way through the book of 1 Peter. As we dig into 1 Peter 1:10-12, we’ll see the privilege that is ours because of the good news. Prophets and angels both longed to look and understand Gospel realities, but this is what is ours who have heard and understood this message. I hope you come expecting great things from God this weekend.
Happy May Day! What’s that? Allow this definition to help: “May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.” And, when we’re talking dances, a traditional maypole (see pic above) is in order. We grab streamers and carry them, celebration all that spring is. Cake? Well, I’m still holding out for that.
Spring is a great reason to celebrate. God has hard-wired creation to show forth his beauty as the seasons change. Spring speaks of new life. Growth. What we thought was dead stuff ends up coming out of the ground. Here in Kansas, May Day 2018 brings the humid smell of rain in the air. We are drought-stricken area. We could do with a good dousing of rain.
And, with that rain comes the threat of severe weather. Hail, strong winds, tornadoes. Even in the midst of a seemingly good celebration, creation is groaning, longing for redemption. So, as we celebrate May Day and approaching storms, it’s a great time to ask where you go for peace?
Jesus’ disciples were experienced fisherman who were once caught on a boat with Jesus in the middle of a storm. They were really scared. Jesus was asleep. They woke Him up, questioning His motives, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re perishing.” Jesus rebuked the storm: “Peace. Be still.” The storm stopped and Jesus asked, “Why were you afraid? Don’t you have any faith?” And, His disciples wondered to themselves, “Who is this, that even the wind and waves obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41)
This May Day, whether your heart is celebrating life to the full or wondering what storms may come your way, we can all run to Jesus. He is the Son of Man, the Son of God, worthy of our worship and praise. Allow May Day adoration of Him.