My 4/10/22 sermon at Crestview, Palm Sunday’s Invitations (John 12:12-19 and Revelation 1:4-6), is online. The sermon sought to draw us out from ourselves and into the reality that Jesus entered Jerusalem as King. What this means for our lives speaks of an invitation to reflect on Him and to come under His rule and reign. I hope you are encouraged as we step into Holy Week together.
My 4/3/22 sermon at Crestview was The Spirit’s Gifts from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. In this sermon, I began working through that extensive section of 1 Corinthians 12-14, where Paul gets into the gifts and how the church in Corinth practices them. Then, of course, we try to make some connections to what we can know about these gifts in our own lives.
This sermon, in particular, was organized around some questions that led to our understanding. So, I’m hoping this proves helpful for you. Have a great week.
My 3/20/21 sermon at Crestview, All Things Are From God (1 Corinthians 11:2-16), is online. This passage was a fun one to dig into and try to explain. Part of the reason is that not everyone agrees on the context, historical background, or implications for the church. This lack of clarity is one reason for my provocative blog title: headship, head coverings, and honor, oh my. So, we have to do something with what this passage means, and this was my best attempt to unpack this for the people of Crestview. I’m hoping what emerges for us is that we’re more characterized by honor and respect for one another in the coming days. Enjoy.
Also, if you choose to watch the video, we had trouble capturing that this week. So it joins me in the middle of my introduction.
I was back in the pulpit preaching at Crestview and got back into our series on 1 Corinthians. My sermon, Seeking Your Neighbor’s Good (1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1), is online. While most Christians think that loving their neighbor is a great idea, many struggle to do this well. And, as Paul gets to the end of a larger section in this book, he draws our hearts up and out to apply this well. I hope the sermon encourages you.
On Tuesday, February 15, I went into surgery to get a total knee replacement, and it was successful. But, of course, I have the scar to prove it. But, seriously, I had dealt with knee pain for many years because I had cartilage removed from my knee when I was a teenager, and after my time in sports in high school and college, the surgeon told me that in my 40s, I would have some knee issues. Well, I’m in my 40s, and the time has come.
I’ve been keeping up on my exercises and rehab procedures. While there are times I’ve probably overdone it, progress is being pursued as I continue to exercise and rehabilitate this knee. The animation above shows what the procedure I got looks like. And I’m posting this today because I plan to return to regular activity this week.
Many of you have prayed for this, and you can continue to pray that my knee would heal well and that rehab would have the desired effect. I want my body to be helpful to show love to my children and neighbors. I feel like in recent years, in particular, I’ve been unable to live the kind of life I’d like to. So, you can pray for a restoration of those goals.
My 2/6/22 sermon at Crestview, For the Sake of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 9:14-23), is online. If I put the sermon in a sentence, it would be that we die to ourselves and serve all because the good news of Jesus has captured us. But, of course, you know the context here is about Paul laying aside his rights to payment or support from the Corinthians so that his preaching and witness are distinct from the orators of the day there. And in this passage, he lays out what drives him to do what he does. So I hope the sermon encourages you.
My 1/30/22 sermon at Crestview, Freedom? (1 Corinthians 9:1-14), is now online. On the heels of 1 Corinthians 8 with all of its instructions that our freedom or rights should be governed by love and that knowledge won’t deliver on what it promises–it puffs up, but love builds up–chapter 9 comes to question everything. As you read 1 Corinthians 9, you’re immediately struck by how many questions are asked. I summarized this with three questions that inform our freedom. And, I hope my sermon encourages you to lay aside your rights for the sake of the Gospel.
My 1/23/22 sermon at Crestview, Love Preferred (1 Corinthians 8:7-13), wrapped up the first half of the book of 1 Corinthians. And this sermon, in particular, gave some more thought to what I taught last week on the failure of knowledge to deliver. Knowledge puffs up, and love builds up. So, when the Corinthians are flexing their freedoms to encourage the eating of meat sacrificed to idols, they are bypassing love and smashing the weaker Christian. The warning for us is that it damages our souls too: we are sinning not only against someone for whom Christ died but are also sinning against Christ Himself. The stakes are high. Love is the most excellent way. I hope this helps you walk in it.
In my sermon at Crestview on 1/16/22, Knowledge Production Line (1 Corinthians 8:1-6) got us back into our study of 1 Corinthians. In my introduction especially, I was digging into this prevalent notion in our world that knowledge is power. But, when we’ve come to know Christ, we see that knowledge coupled with love is where the true power is (see 1 Corinthians 13 for further explanation). At any rate, I hope this sermon encourages you.
Each year at Crestview, we begin with a Week of Prayer and then end with a sermon emphasizing the importance of God’s Word for our lives. This year, I preached the sermon on getting Into God’s Word in 2022. I’ve been reading and studying Deuteronomy a lot, so this proved to be an excellent time to use an essential part of the ending of that book.
Deuteronomy 32 is a song of Moses that came after his closing remarks to the people. Immediately after this song, as Ray Ortlund says…
This song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-47) gave us so much to think about related to God’s greatness, our great sinfulness, God’s justice, and His compassion. I used these realities to apply them toward our intake of God’s Word. And, I hope this word encourages you.