My 8/28/22 sermon, The Great Commandment (Deuteronomy 6:1-25), is online. What an excellent text! Jesus showcased how formative it is — He called it the Greatest Commandment on which hang all the Law and the Prophets — when He answered the Pharisees’ lawyer in Matthew 22. We used this text to springboard into how this commandment impacts our lives, expressly directing us to the paths of blessing, discipleship, and worship. I hope this sermon encourages you.
Weekend Recap – God’s Beauty and How We Listen
My 8/21/22 sermon at Crestview Bible Church came from Deuteronomy 4-5. The sermon was entitled A Beautiful God and His Words. So often, many think God’s words are in the Scriptures because He has nothing better to do than make His people miserable. But, what Moses is doing in these chapters is helping us see that God’s words emerge from a God of a substantially different quality than anything this world offers. So, I hope this sermon not only produces doxology but leads you to deeper listening to what this God has to say.
Weekend Recap – Deuteronomy?
On August 14, 2022, I preached a sermon entitled Approaching the Crossroads from Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:29. This began a new series for Crestview from the book of Deuteronomy. There are a few reasons that I’ve chosen this book.
- Deuteronomy is part of the first five books of the Bible (called the Torah or the Pentateuch). This genre of Scripture is one part of Scripture that I haven’t preached from on Sunday mornings.
- Jesus and the apostles often quote Deuteronomy in the New Testament. Undoubtedly, there are pointers to the good news of what Jesus has done to rescue sinners, and I love preaching and reveling in this news.
- Deuteronomy helps us have some knowledge from God’s heart about what a relationship with Him looks like. This would be helpful for any of us seeking to walk in these ways.
So, I’m excited to begin a new series. I hope this sermon blesses you.
Life Update and Weekend Review (July 2022)
I previously posted earlier this year about having my left knee replaced. Those who have been close to me in recent years have known the struggle. I had both knees scoped in the glory days of high school and college sports, and I was assured this would lead to arthritis in my 40s. Well, here we are. On top of that, in my pre-op work, x-rays revealed that both knees were bone-on-bone and would need to be replaced.
So, as if the excitement of February and March’s replacement wasn’t enough, I scheduled my right knee to get replaced the week before Memorial Day. Two weeks removed from that surgery, I was going to check the mail and step off the curb. Instead, I fell, tore open the wound, and felt a lot of pain. X-rays and MRI’s a week later would show that I tore my patella tendon and my quad tendon. So, I had ANOTHER surgery and was locked into a 0-degree movement for a few weeks to let all this damage heal well. I’m still in a brace that limits me to 20 degrees. So, this is my short explanation/attempt to explain why I haven’t been consistently posting here.
This past Sunday, 7/17, I was able to return to preaching. My sermon, The Groundwork of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 16:1-12), is online. This coming Sunday, Lord willing, I get to finish the book of 1 Corinthians.
I’d continue to desire prayers. It’s been a long road this summer. I’d love my brain to return to working mode and my body to heal. I trust God knows what is best, but I appreciate the support and love shown by so many who have helped me get through this. Blessings.
Weekend Recap – Body Speak
My 5/22/22 sermon at Crestview, Body Speak (1 Corinthians 14:20-40), is online. This sermon wrapped up a series of sermons on chapters related to spiritual gifts. The upshot is that God hasn’t left His people wondering what it looks like to speak or serve in the body. He’s given clarity. God calls us to higher modes, whether speaking in ways that don’t intentionally confuse unbelievers or speaking to build up or reflect a humble maturity in our words and actions.
I mentioned how Christianese is a language we speak in the church that often makes concepts confusing for those who wouldn’t call themselves Christians. Intervarsity had a great post, and I also used a satirical post to point out how Christians do this (often unintentionally). At any rate, I hope the sermon encouraged you.
Weekend Preview – Speaking Purposefully
My 5/15/22 sermon at Crestview, Speaking Purposefully (1 Corinthians 14:1-19), is now online. The sermon began by discussing the problem (your mouth is like a math book, every time you open it, there’s a problem). Of course, this humorous way to begin got us into the deep need we have for heart change in the way we speak.
The section of Scripture I was in dealt with tongues and prophecy. I was helped (and shared) these definitions from Andy Naselli:
“‘Speaking in tongues’ in 14:1–40 refers to an individual’s praising God in a language that neither the speaker nor the hearers understand unless God supernaturally enables someone to interpret. ‘Prophecy’ in 14:1–40 refers to an individual’s sharing with others an encouraging insight that they sense God has spontaneously revealed.”From the ESV Expository Commentary on 1 Corinthians
I also was helped by Paul Tripp in the opening illustration on how our words come from the heart and this quote that I closed with:
I hope the sermon points you to Jesus and helps you live out of His power in what you say.
Weekend Recap – Love Never Ends
My 5/8/22 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, Love Never Ends (1 Corinthians 13:8-13), is online. In this sermon, Paul continued his encouraging words meant to remind the Corinthians that they were people who were to live and serve out of love. What stuck out to me was that love outlasts each of these things, whether it’s maturity, our practice of gifts, or even a desire for more. And, in light of this call, we are to love. I hope the sermon encouraged you.
Weekend Recap – The Superior Way
My sermon from 5/1/22 at Crestview was entitled The Superior Way from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. This passage gets into the lifehack of using our gifts with others in the church. The superior way we serve others is by love. The stakes are raised so high that we are nothing if we don’t have love. I hope the sermon proves encouraging for you. After all, in calling us to this amazing way of living, we also see our need for God Himself exposed. And, anytime we’re driven to a more profound need of Jesus, we’re near good news.
Easter Recap – Jesus Is Alive Forevermore
My Easter sermon (4/17/22) was from Revelation 1:17-18. I love these simple words from Jesus for John (and others like him) that seem to ground us in the days we live in. The sermon was entitled Alive Forevermore and was a short meditation on Jesus being alive and the hope that gives us. I hope it encourages you.
Weekend Recap – Palm Sunday 2022
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.
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