John 3:16 offers the great assurance of our salvation. While we were still sinners, God loved us and sent His Son, so that we would never perish and have eternal life. That assurance is irrevocable! Join us this week as we explore the assurance of God's love in our salvation!
Though humanity remains in a state of utter inability to save themselves, Christ offers the cure. He is the Lord who condescended to our level. He is the one who bore our curse. And, He is the one who provides us the cure. Check out this weeks sermon on John 3:13-15.
After going to war with the false religion of Jerusalem, Jesus turns His sights upon the deadly epidemic of false faith among God's people. First, He diagnoses it in the crowds, then He demonstrates it in Nicodemus, and ultimately He will die to set His people free from it. Join us this week as we explore what false faith really is and how only Christ can provide the cure!
Every 4th of July Americans celebrate the birthday of our nation. But as Christians, we must never forget that we belong to a better Kingdom. A Kingdom that was inaugurated 2000 years ago, is still growing, where true peace and healing can be found, and will last forever into eternity. Join us today as we briefly examine these things in light of Philippians 3:20.
After a quiet small town wedding in Cana where Jesus unveils the Kingdom of God, He then goes to Jerusalem and makes war on false religion. In anger, He flips the tables in the courtyard, make a whip of cords, and then chases the idolators right out of the temple mount. Join us this week as we examine what made Jesus so angry and what this passage means for us today.
What is the kingdom of God? When did it begin? And how are we to have hope as citizens of that Kingdom? Join us today as we examine how Christ unveiled the Kingdom at a wedding party in Cana and inaugurated it on a hill called Calvary!
The only comfort that we can ever have comes from belonging to God. We are not our own. We need the Lord to build our house, our life, our cities and our nation. And when we stop trying to clamor for control and rest in Christ, then we will have true rest. Join us as we examine Psalm 127 and unpack these truth's together.
How does a Christian respond to evil? Do we take up arms, fight fire with fire, evil with evil? Or is there another way? A Biblical way? And if that way exists, what is it? How do we do it? Join us as we look at Psalm 37, which speaks so fully into this!
There will be seasons in your life where God allows you to walk through a spiritual desert. In those times, there will be many voices who are speaking to you. But only one voice is the voice of truth. Join us as we consider how to navigate the spiritual desert with wisdom and joy!
What does it mean to have "The Blessed Life"? Who defines it? How does someone get it? Or better yet, once you have it how do you keep it and enjoy it forever? Join us for our very first message in the book of Psalms where we examine the life of blessing!
What does it mean to be the Church? Well, that question cannot even be answered if you do not understand the Holy Spirit. Literally everything the Church is, does, participates in, and celebrates is infused with His power. In today's message, we will examine seven truths about the Holy Spirit and how He empowers us to BE the church! Join us!
For us to be the Church, we must love one another with a special kind of love that is authored by God the Father, modeled to us by Jesus Christ, and given to us by His Spirit. And that love will cause us to serve one another in love and be devoted to one another in love. In fact, love is the key ingredient for what it means to BE the Church. Join us this week as we explore it together!
When Jesus entered the room it changed everything. Thomas the doubter, became Thomas the believer. With five simple but powerful words, "My Lord and my God", Thomas was no longer the skeptic who was consumed with doubts, he was the bold witness who uttered the clearest and most powerful witness ever spoken of Jesus Christ.
Join us this Easter as we look at the powerful effect Christ had on Thomas and we pray that His Gospel would have that same effect on you!
Today, we examine the gruesome events that happened on the darkest day in human history. But, even on our darkest day, the hopeful light of Easter still shines! Join us this Good Friday as we grapple with what Jesus Christ has done!
During this pandemic, it is more important than ever for us to know what it means to BE The Church. In our first episode of BE The Church, we talk about unity. How does God want the Church to be in unity? What will that require us to think? How will that require us to live? And what might that propel us to do? All of that and more in today's sermon!
While the world is in full-on panic mode with the Coronavirus, Christians can rest in the hope of Christ. In today's sermon, Christians will be taught how to defeat the sin of worry with three Biblical and Gospel centered actions, and one Biblical promise. Tune in to explore Matthew 6:25-33 along with us!
In the midst of all the trials, pains, and frustrations, we will not lost heart! We will not lose heart because God is doing something in our pain, God is working through these light and momentary afflictions. He is producing an eternal weight of glory within us and because of that we will not lose heart!
While we are unable to gather together as a church this evening, the Word of God has much to say about how we walk through trying times like these. Join us for this special edition of The Shepherd's Church podcast as we discover what the Bible has to say to all of us this day!
John 1 ends in a dramatic encounter with Nathaniel. Jesus challenges his identity, shares the hope of the Gospel, and foreshadows the totality of salvation. Join us this week as we continue in our series on the Gospel of John
As we conclude our look on what a follower of Christ is, we see the final three elements. 5) Followers of Christ bring others to Christ. 6) Followers of Jesus know who Christ is. 7) Followers of Christ have a new identity in Christ.
Can children participate and take Communion? This is a very serious question that came to us this week in our newsletter and I believe that it requires a very serious response. Normally I would include responses to such questions in the body of the email, but for this question, I have decided to post the answer here so that we could explore it in depth together
John 1:35-42 is our first glimpse at Jesus and our first look at His followers. But there is something else going on in the text. John shows us 8 marks of what following Jesus will look like. In part 1, we will cover the first three.
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John sees Jesus and declares: "Behold the Lamb of God". But what does he mean by lamb? And how might this passage speak to followers of Christ today? John us as we examine John 1:29-34 together.
John 1:17-18 is the end of John's amazing introduction to his Gospel. It is surprising in many ways and is a refreshing reminder to New Testament believers about the relationship between the law of God and the grace of Christ. Join us as we examine the Word of God together!
There are scarcely 2 more important doctrines, in all of Christianity, than the supremacy of Christ and His sufficiency in the life of the believer. In John 1:15-16, we examine both as we consider the testimony of John the Baptist. May you be blessed through the preaching of God's Word!
In our second look at John 1:14, we went back into the pages of the Old Testament to understand what it means that God has come to dwell with humans. We looked at how God has made His glory safe for the elect. And finally, we looked at how John 1:14 offers some of the best and most practical truths for all those who are in Christ! Check out this weeks sermon to learn more.
John 1:14 is at the same time one of the most beautiful Christmas passages in Scripture and also one of the most profound. In it, John definitively answers three of the most basic and fundamental questions human beings can ask. And he does so with just 8 simple words: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us". Join us as we examine these beautiful words and what they teach us!
And... Merry Christmas!!
This week, in John 1:3-5, we learn three amazing doctrines that teach us who Christ is. 1) Christ is the creator of creation. 2) Christ is the sustainer of creation. 3) Christ is the redeemer of that creation. Join us as we explore in depth who Jesus is from this passage!
John introduces us to His Gospel by introducing us to Jesus, the God-man, the one who was and is and will always be; and the one in whom we are called to savor! Join us as we begin our journey through John, by looking at John 1:1!
The book of Jude concludes with the beauty and grandeur of God. The final Word in this book is God in His glory and final words must only be praise. In this final message on the book of Jude we see 6 realities about God that will fuel our praise! Be blessed as you listen!
Jude transitions to the final section of the book in verses 20-23. Jude issues 6 ethical commands that Christians are to do for their savior. Not to earn God's love, but because of it! Join us as we near the end of this beautiful book and revel in the good old Gospel truths!
After making the case against the false teachers, now Jude turns to encourage his people with four powerful truths. This week, Jude encourages his people to remember: 1) stand on God's Word alone, 2) by the Spirit of God alone, 3) until Christ calls us home!
Jude takes on the role of prosecuting attorney in verses 8-16. He presents the undeniable evidence against the false teachers in his congregation and levels 3 powerful indictments that will lead to their destruction. But, for the Christian, who have an advocate in Jesus Christ, there is hope!
Jude unpacks the doctrine of destruction. He began in verse 5 by showing that unbelief in Christ leads to destruction. This week, Jude teaches us that unbelief in Christ leads to a certain and permanent judgment. Join us this week as we explore the doctrine of hell and how it is avoidable for all who are in Christ.
After teaching his church about wolves that were infiltrating the church, Jude turns to his congregation to offer them hope. He reminds them that both salvation and condemnation belong to Christ, and in both of these things God gets the glory! Join us this week as we explore Jude's theology of salvation and also damnation.
Jude says that wolves will come into the church of God and that they will do so in four stages. 1) They will sneak into the church unnoticed. 2) They will demonstrate how they have been marked out for destruction. 3) They will devolve into ungodliness and will use Scripture to justify their behavior, and 4) Ultimately they will denounce Christ, either through their behavior or doctrine.
The way human beings grow in the grace of God is not by active effort and energy, or by moralism or religiosity. The way human beings grow is when God, who calls them, loves them, and keeps them, works mercy, peace, and love inside of them. Join us as we learn how to grow together by examining Jude verse 2.
The most sure and steady hope for any Christian is that they are called by God, beloved by God, and kept for Jesus Christ. When we know that, we can face anything. Join us as we explore what these three beautiful truths mean and why they give us such great hope!
Jude does not begin with the problems the church is facing, even while those are very important. Jude begins with who we are as believers. He begins with the simple but fundamental point that we are slaves of Christ. Why? Because knowing that truth equips us to deal with the problems we face. We are powerless. We are slaves. We cannot face anything in our own strength. But as we will see, being a slave of Christ means that we get His authority, His honor, and His courage because we belong to Him. And in His strength, we can do everything He has called us to do.