I was able to be back in the pulpit at Crestview on Sunday, June 20 and my sermon, Appeal To Unity (1 Corinthians 1:10-17), is now online. There are so many types of unity we have in the world we live in. By and large, though, we can easily miss the power behind what sustains the unity of God’s people: the power of the cross of Jesus Christ. This sermon sought to unpack this issue in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. I hope it encourages you.
My 6/6/21 sermon at Crestview, Greeting Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:1-3), launched a new series for our church and dug us into the some of the realities of this important letter Paul wrote the church at Corinth. And, what was remarkable at the outset of this letter is that Paul greets them as sanctified saints (1 Corinthians 1:2) in spite of all the issues he will address in this book. I don’t know about you, but that sure encourages someone like me who doesn’t always get it right. I hope the sermon encourages you and provokes a diving into the book of 1 Corinthians.
My 5/10/21 sermon at Crestview, YOUR (Luke 15:8-10), is now online. This is part of the ongoing series of Love Your Neighbor As Yourself, helping people to understand God’s heart for people who don’t have a relationship with Him. And, what’s prompting the parables of Luke 15 are religious people who are grumbling that Jesus is spending too much time with people unlike them. So, I hope this series is helping you and encouraging you to have a heart like Him.
My 5/2/21 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, LOVE (Luke 15:1-7), is now online. The sermon launched a series for our church in the month of May encouraging us to love your neighbor as yourself. The hope is that our people would loving others in both word and deed. And, Luke 15 helps us see that religious people don’t do this well and need help from Jesus Himself to get there. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My sermon at Crestview on 4/25/21, Our Struck-Shepherd King (Zechariah 13-14), is now online. This sermon wrapped up a short series in the book of Zechariah (which began on Palm Sunday, continued through Good Friday and Easter, concluding yesterday). This particular sermon dug into the Shepherd King being struck for God’s people, which was fulfilled in Jesus according to Mark 14. We also dug into some of the already-not yet fulfillment at play in the final chapter of Zechariah. I hope this sermon and this series is an encouragement to you.
My 4/18/21 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, Unfaithful Shepherds, was an unpacking of the hard truth in Zechariah 10:1-11:3. The gist is this, the people have gone after unfaithful shepherds at the expense of their King. So, God helps people see their need, promises a King, and assures that the unfaithful shepherds will be met with His judgment. I hope the sermon encourages you and helps you to seek Christ above all.
I’m in the middle of a short series on the OT book of Zechariah. Yesterday, I dug into Zechariah 12:10, which tells us of the miraculous way God will come through to save His people. It involved Him getting pierced. We fast forwarded to the New Testament fulfillment of this and saw that Jesus, God in the flesh, was the one pierced, fulfilling this, and, as Revelation 1:7, will be eternally recognizable as the one pierced. This also led to an implication for our having hearts characterized by repentance before God. I hope the sermon, and this series, are encouraging you.
Check out my 4/11/21 sermon at Crestview Bible Church: Looking on the One We Pierced (Zechariah 12:10)
What a great weekend at Crestview. For Good Friday, we served a modest meal and enjoyed communion as part of that meal. My Good Friday devotional was from Zechariah 11:12-13 on Thirty Pieces of Silver. The idea was that Jesus’s betrayal was predicted by the prophet years before and gives us clues what to expect when the Messiah came.
On Easter, my sermon was Hope In Our King from Zechariah 6:12-13. This passage highlighted who the Branch that would branch out would be and what He would do. I made some connections to Jesus.
I hope these talks encouraged the people of Crestview. If you’ve never studied Zechariah, I wrote a devotional that dug into the book of Zechariah and helped our people meditate on Holy Week. It’s available for free online.
Hope you’re energized after the amazing weekend we’ve celebrated. Have a good week.
My 3/28/21 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, Our King, Riding On A Donkey (Zechariah 9:9-17), is now online. This sermon got us into Palm Sunday, with the prophecy predicting some of the events of Palm Sunday. But, in a deeper way, it drove us to deeper application and living on mission. It kicked off a short series we’re pursuing on the book of Zechariah. And, it launched Holy Week. We wrote a Holy Week Devotional to engage deeper in the book of Zechariah this week. So, there is much to say wrapping up Sunday. I hope you engage in some of these things and find encouragement.
My 3/21/21 sermon wrapped up Crestview’s series on the book of Acts. Entitled Salvation Sent, this sermon dug into Acts 28. The big idea is that Jesus is building His church through a people living on mission. And, this sermon sought to encourage and exhort us to action in light of these truths. I hope it encourages you.