Waukesha Bible Church is a family of families that believes in teaching the Biblical narrative of Jesus throughout the history of the Bible. Here you can connect with our family while on the go and away from the local body.
Speaker: Mike Davis
The Psalmist vividly describes feelings of despair and dejection as his circumstances prohibit him from worshiping at the tabernacle. However, even in the depths of despair, the psalmist preaches to his soul what he knows to be true about his Savior and his God.
Speaker: Chuck Marshall, Waukesha City Church
In Psalm 13 the Psalmist cries out to the Lord in despair and appeals to Him for help. Ultimately, he trusts in the steadfast love of God and sings praises to his Lord.
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner
Journeying through the psalms is an adventure of epic proportion. This collection of Hebrew poetry is a mountain range inviting us to explore its terrain. At the trailhead, psalms 1 and 2 provide coordinates for us to explore each trail and summit each peak without missing the majesty of the whole. In Psalm 1 we learn that Torah meditation orients our lives to genuine happiness in this life and confident hope in the life to come.
The global spread of the glory of God is seen in the global spread of the church of God. The natural consequence of God’s Vision being fulfilled is the organic arrival of the local church. The Vision being fulfilled is the existence of the local gathering. The two are inseparable.
It is only as we see ACTS 2 as the continued unfolding of God’s Story told in THE GOSPELS is this moment properly understood. Acts 2 is the Garden being restored. ACTS 2 is God’s VISION for the future planting itself firmly in the present.
The resurrection of Jesus verifies the veracity of the Bible’s Story-line. It is that confirmed Story that continues to this day. And you and I are a part of that singular Story with Jesus at the center.
The Mission of the Church is the defining and directing activity of the church gathered. In the command to make disciples, the church is engaged in the campaign for world conquest. And the very nations He rules over, His Church is to make disciples of.
Our theme for this series is taken from Psalm 22:28, “For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.” The experience and promises to David find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. The proclamation of God’s deliverance to the afflicted is the fuel propelling the mission of the local church to proclaim the rule of God and His redemptive work to all the nations of the world. The very ones who Afflicted the King shall one day Worship the King.
Trials are a fact of life. We all experience them. Yet joy can be found in the midst of trials when we see things from God's perspective. There is purpose behind the suffering. We see from this passage that God is generous, impartial, good, unchanging, and he can be trusted even when we don't understand His purposes. We can "count it all joy."
A tested faith is working a patient steadfastness that can result in a resting trust. This sermon is an introduction to the Book of James, setting the historical context, theological context, and structural context for the studies to follow.
In the fulfilling of Ancient Promises, God uses courageous means to complete impossible promises through honest people. In all of this, we shall see how God may do as He desires and when He does, He is always right.
In the fulfilling of Ancient Promises, God uses predictable means to complete impossible promises through ordered plans. In all of this, the Shepherds were nobodies telling everybody about somebody and His name is JESUS. Before you can “go and tell,” you must first “come and see.”
In the fulfilling of Ancient Promises, God uses unusual means to fulfill impossible promises through unlikely, but ordinary people. In all of this, we shall see how God may do as He desires and when He does, He is always right.
Christians are to order their schedules around God’s completed work. How they live is markedly different than how the world lives. Where we invest our time, resources, and energy are to remind us of God’s story.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Church in Wittenberg. The events that followed were known as “The Reformation”. It became a rediscovery of the Gospel and a jolting reorientation towards it. Reformation is not merely a one-time historical event. The Gospel has been under assault since the beginning. We must always remember “The Promise” and reject “The Lie”
This passage describes how the building of the tabernacle was financed. Giving came from a willing heart based on means and ability. Today, giving to and serving in the Local Church is one of the strongest means of remembering Story.
The current of idolatry drifts us to the shores of apostasy. You cannot stop the drift, but you can stay the course (Heb. 6:19). The only rescue from our idolatry is a mediator who brings atonement (v. 30) whereby propitiating or answering the just sentence of God and placates the wrath of God against us (vv. 10, 12).
The heart of YHWH is on display as he confirms his covenant with the nation of Israel. The Law reveals who he is, what he’s like, and how his people can live as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation in the land of promised blessing. The inauguration of this Theocracy is not only celebratory, but a shadow pointing to substance.
God is making good on his promise to provide a deliverer who will rescue His people, destroy His enemies, and restore them to a place of rest. God supplying the manna in the wilderness is a foreshadowing of this deliverer later identified as Jesus in John 6.
Through Signs and Wonders another layer of information within the Story of God is provided for us. We will see how YHWY will 1) rescue [deliver] His people by 2) destroying His enemies [BLOOD], and 3) restore them to the place of rest [LAND] in His presence for their joy.
God promises to provide a KING [MEDIATOR | SEED] who will 1) rescue [deliver] His people by 2) destroying His enemies [BLOOD], and 3) restore them to the place of rest [LAND]. Exodus is a shadow of what is to come in the person and work of JESUS.
God promises to provide a KING [SEED] who will 1) rescue [deliver] His people by 2) destroying His enemies [BLOOD], and 3) restore them to the place of rest [LAND] 4) so that they will be with Him [BLESSING] for their joy.
The Bible forms our worldview. The Vision of God and the Mission of God define for us our response to everything unfolding around us. The Bible calls the Church to bring what is uniquely ours into the unbelieving world. We are not to bring what is uniquely theirs into the church.
In our context, there are two life-identifying brands: circumcision or crucifixion. Either one or the other will classify you in your community. Remember earlier how Paul wanted them to understand that they were either in the Law or in Christ. Circumcision branded you as being in the Law whereas crucifixion branded you as being in Christ.
The Holy Spirit coming is the next step/stage of God fulfilling His promise to dwell among us for our joy and His glory. The Holy Spirit works to lead you to Jesus and then places you in Jesus whereby His life is your life in this life and in the life to come.
The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus with Pentecost are the beginning of His reign over sin and death and re-creating of the heavens and the earth. His Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost inaugurate fulfillment. He gives us what we need to do what He wants.
In light of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension the question may be asked, “Now what do we do?” The disciples decided to gather, pray and lead. Peter rose up as a leader among the group and decided that next decision was to replace the disciple who betrayed them all, Judas. The driving force behind this decision was the Scriptures themselves (1:16-20). Through his meditations on the Psalms, Peter saw the reigns of David and Jesus as one and took guidance from David’s wisdom.
The ascension of our Lord is His enthronement. It is when He takes the throne and is invested with the authority and power to rule over His kingdom and its citizens. He is an absolute monarch who works all He wills in and through His people for His glory and for their joy.
Resurrection Sunday is a time to celebrate God’s faithfulness to keep His promises. Jesus is alive and is Lord over heaven and earth. What He began in Genesis 1 and 2 and promised in Genesis 3, He is finishing with Jesus.
Palm Sunday: Jesus is King. Therefore "Fear Not." My hope is that no matter what happens on this earth, Jesus is still my Messiah and King. His kingdom is already inaugurated and will be fully realized as this earth will be remade. Rest in the Lordship of the Messiah.
As the Israelites were pinned between the Red Sea in front and the pursuing Egyptians behind, they were told to "fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD." Because God is present and faithful to His promises, His people need not fear their problems.
As we begin this time of social isolation as the Covid-19 virus spans the world, let us not forget the God who is in control, the One who gives us peace and stability in a time of anxiety and panic. God is knowable, and a known God stabilizes His people in world full of anxiety, panic, and hysteria. And thereby He enables us to serve an unsettled world. Therefore, "Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent" (Exod. 14:13,14).
Throughout the book of Galatians, Paul has been contrasting two Gospels: Salvation by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone vs the Judaizers False Gospel of the Flesh. Getting the Gospel wrong bears very real consequences – not only eternally but in the here and now.
Paul uses the overarching universal principle of “sowing and reaping” to demonstrate the point he’s been making throughout the entire letter.
Paul reminds us of an often overlooked and misunderstood reality of the gospel, the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit. In our present text, Galatians 5:16-26, Paul encourages us with the solution for combating our fleshly appetites that wage war within us without dismissing the struggle and tension. He argues for us to live from our position in Christ by faith rather than by law. Faith is an ongoing learning process that is so opposed to our natural human tendencies. Even as followers of Christ, we emphasize faith in justification but undermine faith in sanctification. Learning to live by faith in the Spirit is the freedom Paul is talking about in this text.
Our passage teaches us that there is a symbiotic relationship between keeping the gospel clean (vv. 2-6), staying that course (vv. 7-12), and loving the community (vv. 13-15). Each one is supported by the other and collapses in their absence. Paul begins the process of cleaning up the mess and addressing the problems by offering words of caution [don’t do this – don’t add to, don’t quit, and don’t bite] and of conduct [do this – keep it clean, stay the course, and love the community]. Paul calls them all back to the gospel.
You can make the choice but you cannot change the outcome. Jesus frees His people from all things that enslave. Now, His people are to stand fast and hold firm to Him. Anything else or anyone else leads to spiritual slavery and soul destroying bondage.
In chapter 3, Paul explains to the Galatians that righteousness is not a matter of following the Law, and it never was. Righteousness has always been about faith in God and His Promises. Paul now expands on his point with an Illustration of God’s “Big Picture” plan of Redemption… Adoption into His Kingdom.
Context matter [1:10-24; 2:1-10, 11-14; 3:1-6]
Paul is most definitely speaking to the Church, to Christians. The aspect of justification referenced is NOT just the front end, but the middle part as well.
No one can be justified by the works of the Law. Our justification is only by faith in the faithfulness of Christ Jesus. The entire LAW finds its fulfillment in Jesus. He does for us what we could never ever do for ourselves.
Paul’s Autobiographical Defense: The Divine Origin of Paul’s Gospel is proven by His confrontation with Peter. Hypocrisy manifested in partiality destroys the integrity of the gospel. When we forsake the unconditional acceptance of God and live under the conditional acceptance of law we are being hypocrites.