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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.
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Isaiah - “An Introduction to the Book of Isaiah”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Hear then, O House of David (Isa. 7:13a).  For many years, the prophet Isaiah called the nation of Judah back to LAW obedience and to trust in YHWH, the God of Promise.
August 10, 2022
Philemon “Then Something Happened – The Transforming Power of the Gospel”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths The gospel is so powerful it transforms us from what we were, to what we now are in Christ and with one another.
August 04, 2022
Rev. 22:6-21 “You Have the ‘Winning Ticket’ and You Don’t Have to Worry about the Balance”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths After a relatively short study of six months, we have arrived at the end or epilogue of Revelation. This book began with an appeal, an invitation to read, hear, and keep this book. The question is, “Have you, have we read this Book, have we heard this book, and have we kept this book?” Have we heeded His word and come to JESUS? Remember, this is a Revelation from Jesus and of Jesus. Have you heard and seen JESUS in this study? What a shame it would be if in all of this, you have missed JESUS.
July 26, 2022
Rev. 21:1-22:5 “Ever After”
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner God’s presence will permanently dwell with his people.
July 17, 2022
Rev. 20:1-15 “The Binding of Satan – The Final Judgment”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The reign of the righteous king ends with the consigning of all evil and its minions.
July 15, 2022
Rev. 19:1-21 “When Jesus Comes – The Return of the Righteous King”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Exalted Christ Returns in Righteousness and Thoroughly Straightens all that is Crooked [vv. 11-16].
July 04, 2022
Rev. 16:17-19:10 “The Tale of Two Contrasting Cities - The Fall of Babylon”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Each “trinity” is building a city. Each a monument to their power and intent, but only one shall prevail. At the Coming of Jesus, all evil shall be destroyed and thrown into the Lake of Fire.
June 27, 2022
Rev. 15-16 “God’s Wrath is Finished: Armageddon”
Speaker: Mike Davis In Revelation we see believers facing an ever-increasing tribulation of persecution, seduction and deception. Correspondingly we see escalating judgments upon the World by God. At some point, Satan will deceive the nations into conducting an all-out global assault upon Christ’s Church in a last, desperate attempt to wipe out God’s Kingdom. But Christ will return to bring a final and decisive judgment upon those who have persecuted his Church and blasphemed his name.
June 19, 2022
Rev. 12:1-14:5 “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths We need not fear or be anxious for Jesus won!
June 14, 2022
Rev. 12:1-17 “The Means War! – The Great Red Dragon”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths The enemy of God is fully exposed and his demise is rendered certain by the person and power of God.
June 06, 2022
Various References “One Plan, One Savior, One People”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Book of Revelation concludes the single Story of Scripture running from Genesis through Revelation with Jesus as the Center. This Story has always been a singular plan, with a singular Savior, and a singular people. Today I desire for us to consider this thought along three distinct lines: The Bible’s One Story; The Bible’s One Savior; The Bible’s One People.
May 30, 2022
Rev. 10:1-11:14 “God’s Mission Through Unlikely Means”
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner This section within Revelation is just one of several interludes. The intent is an opportunity for the reader or hearer to “hit pause” on the intensity of the unfolding events and simply be reminded that God really is reigning over all creation, even when our vantage point is telling us something else. While God is reclaiming what rightfully belongs to him, His mission is to secure a people for His own possession who know and enjoy Him. This mission is on display throughout the biblical narrative, but intensifies from the ascension of Jesus until His glorious return. The means of this mission is an unlikely message through unlikely messengers.
May 22, 2022
Rev. 8:1-11:19 “The Final Exodus – Round Three [the third cycle of sevens]”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Second Coming of Jesus answers the prayers of His people and merge His will on earth as it is in heaven.
May 16, 2022
Rev. 7:1-17; 14:1-5 “Who Can Stand? The 144,000”
Speaker: Elder Mike Davis In the previous chapter, God’s wrath is being poured out on the earth and the question is asked, “Who can stand?” Or in other words, if God’s wrath is being poured out, how will Christians survive? Chapter 7 answers that question using vivid pictures and reminding believers of promises made throughout redemptive history.
May 09, 2022
Rev. 6:1-17 “How Long Before You Will Judge and Avenge Our Blood? – The Lamb Opened the Seals”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths We are living in a time when God is aggressively putting things straight. He will one day thoroughly straighten all that is crooked.
May 05, 2022
Rev. 4-22; Misc. “Jesus, The Ruler of Kings on Earth”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Jesus, as the fulfillment of the Seed Promise, received all authority at His ascension to rule all nations in fulfillment of the original creation mandate and is thereby currently ruling in the Millennium and over our tribulation reclaiming what is rightfully His until “His will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
April 26, 2022
Psalm 2 “Blessed Are All Who Take Refuge in Him”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Resurrection of Jesus is a confirmation of what God promised in the Old Testament has fully come to pass in Jesus. Psalm 2 foreshadows fulfillment in Jesus.
April 21, 2022
Rev. 5:6, 7 "Behold, the Lamb of God"
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The symbolism of Jesus as a Lamb features prominently throughout the Book of Revelation. Remember, the Book of Revelation is not just from Jesus, but of Jesus.
April 21, 2022
Rev. 4:1-5:14 “Behold, a Throne”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Revelation assures the church in tribulation that God is in control by giving her a vision of the THRONE. As we read chapters 4 and 5, we must read them as a singular vision.
April 11, 2022
Rev. 3:22-4:1 “Ten Reasons Why I believe Revelation Teaches a Single Coming at the End of the Tribulation.”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Although the Church exists in Tribulation, God keeps her until His Second Coming.
April 04, 2022
Rev. 3:14-22 “Laodicea: The One Who Is Amen”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Those who are poor, blind, and naked are to come to Jesus so they will be rich, see, and unashamed.
March 26, 2022
Rev. 2:18-29 “Thyatira: The One Who Knows Heart and Mind”
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner Who Jesus is assures the believing of what they will become. This message to the church is “Fear not, hold fast to the gospel.” This timeless message reminds the church that the hard task for her is to believe – and keep believing. The church has always been assaulted and the gospel always threatened, but the sobering reality is that gospel-drift happens slowly and subtly from the inside.
March 13, 2022
Rev. 2:1-7 “Ephesus: The One Who Walks Among Us”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Who Jesus is assures the believing of what they will become. Each of the seven churches offers a piece contributing to the whole. Collectively, the reader sees the church for what it is.
March 08, 2022
Rev. 2-3 “Six Initial Observations Concerning the Seven Churches”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Let him who has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
March 01, 2022
Rev. 1:9-20 “A Vision of the Exalted Christ”
Speaker: Mike Davis Revelation is about the Risen and Exalted Christ defeating Satan and his allies. The message brings comfort to Christ’s Church as it experiences tribulation until Christ returns.  This passage contains the first vision, which is the foundation upon which all the subsequent visions are built.
February 20, 2022
Rev. 1:1-8 “Jesus, the Ruler of Kings on Earth”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Regardless of what you see and hear, Jesus is the Ruler of Kings on Earth.
February 17, 2022
Rev. 5:1-14 "The King Reclaims His Inheritance - An Introduction to Revelation"
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths The book of Revelation is first and foremost a letter written by the  Apostle John to the churches in Asia Minor during the 1st Century AD  (Rev. 2-3) at around 90AD.   It is written to encourage a suffering church and to remind them that  their story is a part of God's larger Story. In the Revelation, God comforts His people by reclaiming all things  rightfully His (Rev. 2-19) as Creator (Rev. 4) and Redeemer (Rev. 5).  As He pushes His agenda forward, He is reconstituting the Garden for the  joy of His people (Rev. 21, 22). Thus, as the rightful heir to the cosmos, Jesus, in His victory [Death,  Burial, Resurrection, Ascension], reclaims what is rightfully His  through signs and wonders.
February 07, 2022
Daniel 9:1-27 “Therefore, Consider the Word and Understand the Vision”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths I titled this study, “Therefore, Consider the Word and Understand the Vision.” No one less than Gabriel gave these words and his intent was toward clarity. How in the world we could read this passage so poorly is beyond me? The problem lies in our lack of insight and unwillingness to accept what we do not know or cannot understand.  God is faithful to keep His promise and only He can fix what is broken.
February 01, 2022
“Heaven and Hell as the Righteous Judgment of God”
Whatever heaven might be, hell is its opposite. To understand the one is to understand the other.
January 30, 2022
“Lordship vs. Non-Lordship [Savior and/or Lord]”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Question is, “Can Jesus be Your Savior without becoming your Lord?”
January 18, 2022
1 Cor. 11:17-34 “Do This in Remembrance of Me”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The Lord’s Table reminds us that God dealt fully with the sins of His people and we can now approach Him without fear.
January 11, 2022
“Who’s Leading Whom? – Because God is Sovereign, We Can Trust
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The sovereignty of God assures us His will and not ours is guiding all of life both past, present, and future.
January 05, 2022
Isaiah 12 “Let the One Who is Thirsty Come”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Jesus is the only one who can quench your thirsty soul and lift your weary load. He invites you to come to Him today.
December 30, 2021
Isaiah 11 “Is that Day, this Day?”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths In that day, God will destroy His enemies, install His King, restore His people, and reconstitute His land.
December 30, 2021
Isaiah 8:11-9:7 "Dawn is Coming"
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner The day dawns when the King comes. Imagine being part of a nation on the verge of invasion. Where do you go for any hope of security? What preparations do you make? A tension exists between your theology and the emotional anxiety of the present danger. The prophet is telling you to trust YHWH and fear Him alone, while your feelings are impacted by the local media relaying a more imminent threat. Will our God come through? When? How? Can we really trust God to show up and deliver? Will God come through before it’s too late? Is there hope of rescue? The Day dawns when the King comes.
December 19, 2021
Isaiah 7-8: "The Sign"
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths God, through a SIGN, assures His people that He is faithful to destroy His enemies and deliver His people.
December 13, 2021
Isaiah: The Fifth Gospel | An Introduction
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths In the Book of Isaiah, the reader sees the hope of God in the midst of a collapsed world. Ultimately, God brings hope to the Nations through the given Son. During this ADVENT season we will study four statements in the Prophet Isaiah that find fulfillment in Jesus.
December 05, 2021
Eph. 1:3-14 “Soli Deo Gloria – To the Glory of God Alone”
Speaker: Mike Davis Soli Deo Gloria is the capstone of the Five Solas and indeed the summation of all things.
November 30, 2021
Romans 1:16-18; 3:21-31 Solus Christus - Christ Alone
Speaker: Matthew Vandre Is Jesus enough or do we need more? Solus Christus, Christ Alone…it is a profound statement in bold opposition to a humanistic worldview, and thanks to the efforts of early reformers like Martin Luther, this idea is common amongst believers today.
November 23, 2021
Romans 3:19-31 “Sola Fide – Through Faith Alone”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Our right standing before the Father is solely and only based on grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
November 14, 2021
Eph. 2:1-10 "Sola Gratia – Grace Alone"
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner As our justification is by faith and not works, so it is by grace and not merit. There was nothing desirable in us that forced the Father’s hand or tipped the scales in our favor. When we were at our worst, He chose us. When we wanted nothing to do with Him, He loved us. When we were completely helpless, He rescued us for Himself (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 5:6-11). This was His choice to adopt us on the basis of His goodness, not ours. As a result of His purpose, plan, and choice, we are truly “blessed in the Beloved” (Eph.1:6). Our desire in this study is to consider the magnitude and significance of GRACE ALONE.
November 07, 2021
Sola Scriptura - “There is a ‘Line’
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths The five solas do not define for us all knowable truth, but they do set a line that must be known, studied, protected, and preached. We must know, study, protect, and preach SOLA SCRIPTURA for the sake of our justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
November 06, 2021
2 Thess. 3:1-18 “Tin Foil Caps and the Coming of Jesus”
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner Do not grow weary in every good work and word as you wait for the coming of Jesus.
October 24, 2021
2 Thess. 2:1-17 "When He Comes"
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths The certainty of His Coming comforts and establishes believers in every good work and word.
October 18, 2021
1 Tim. 4:1-16; 2 Pet. 3:18 “Practice These Things”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths As Christians, our goal is to hear from God exactly what He wants to communicate. Properly reading His Word enables us to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. In this study, Pastor Pat explains his understanding of the next coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the development of his understanding through the years as he “practiced these things.”
October 12, 2021
2 Thess. 1:5-10 “The Return of the Righteous King”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Paul encourages the people by reminding them of God’s justice in working out His will.
October 09, 2021
1 Thess. 5:12-28 “A Healthy Church in a Hostile Culture”
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner Because God is faithful to completely sanctify you – keep living as a healthy church in a hostile context.
September 28, 2021
1 Thess. 4:13-5:11 “What about the Dead? A Pastoral Response to an Anxious Audience”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Whether one is dead or alive when Jesus returns, His coming brings blessing and provides hope to those who believe . . . so be encouraged.
September 23, 2021
1 Thess. 4:1-12 “Some Things Never Change”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths The counterpart to PORNEIA is PHILADELPHIA. Living morally and laboring quietly is a commitment to loving biblically.
September 13, 2021
1 Thess. 1:2-10 “The Unstoppable Path of God’s Elective Purpose”
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J Griffiths Paul’s gratitude is powerful because God’s elective purpose is unstoppable.
September 06, 2021
Acts 17 and 1 & 2 Thessalonians Introduction
Speaker: Pastor Patrick J. Griffiths Holding Fast in Affliction, Jesus is Coming
August 31, 2021
Psalm 150 “Praise YHWH, the God of Promise”
In many ways, this Psalm assures us that what we know of God in our heads and believe on in our hearts always shows itself in what we do with our hands.
August 23, 2021
Psalm 133 “Drawing Near to God”
Jesus is the answer to the Psalmist’s prayer. We draw closer to God in the person and work of Jesus and we do this as a community in the spirit of unity.
August 20, 2021
Psalm 127 "A Song of Perspective"
Apart from God, our efforts are useless.
August 10, 2021
Psalm 96 "Let the World Sing"
We are designed for worship.  This Psalm directs us to the only one worthy of worship - YHWH.  He alone deserves our worship.  All of creation will one day worship Him alone.
August 05, 2021
Psalm 95 "Today is the Day"
The people of God find rest in his presence.
August 05, 2021
Psalm 8 "The Majestic"
The indescribable glory of God is on display through creation.
July 18, 2021
Psalms 42-43 “Hope for the Distressed Soul”
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.
July 12, 2021
Psalm 13 "How Long O Lord?"
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.
July 05, 2021
Psalm 2 "The Merciful Messiah"
Speaker: Pastor Giles Litzner Messiah anticipation leads to anarchy or allegiance.
June 27, 2021
Psalm 1 "The Happy Hiker"
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.
June 21, 2021
Psalm 67 “Let the Nations be Glad and Sing for Joy”
The very nations He rules over, we are to make disciples of, and they shall one day be glad and sing for joy.
June 15, 2021
Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 13:47; 28:30, 31 “To the End of the Age” – The Unfinished Task
Until the end of the age, the Nations He rules over; we are to make disciples of.
June 08, 2021
Acts 14:19-28 “And When They Had Appointed Elders for Them in Every Church”
It is the responsibility of local churches through the existing Elders to find men who are suitable to become elders. The path to becoming an Elder should be intentional and sustainable.
May 31, 2021
Acts 13:1-5 “Bringing Salvation to the End of the Earth”
The Spread of the Glory of God as seen in the Church in Antioch.
May 25, 2021
Acts 2:41-47 “And Then What Happened?”
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.
May 17, 2021
Acts 2:1-41; Acts 1:8; Luke 24:46, 47; Gen. 1:28 “Putting It All Together”
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.
May 11, 2021
Luke 24:44-49 “You Are Witnesses of These Things”
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.
May 03, 2021
Matthew 28:16-20 “Go Therefore and Make Disciples of All the Nations”
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.
April 29, 2021
Psalm 22 “He Rules Over the Nations”
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.
April 20, 2021
James 5:13-20 "Let Him Pray"
James’ final word is for the church to continue trusting God by staying gathered [implicit], relying on each other, and praying for one another [explicit].
April 14, 2021
John 14:1-6 “Welcome Home to Hope”
In anticipation of the great work about to unfold, Jesus speaks words of hope, healing, wholeness, and assurance to His small and frightened flock.
April 06, 2021
John 12:12-26 “A Day of Significance – the Hour Has Come”
Depending on who you are, this day can mean many things. What does this day mean to you?
March 29, 2021
James 5:7-12 “The Judge is Standing at the Door”
In the face of injustice, hold fast to Christ, stay the course, don’t quit, because the judge is standing at the door!
March 26, 2021
James 4:13-5:6 “Warnings Against the Arrogant and the Rich”
In light of eternity, humble yourself before a sovereign God.
March 14, 2021
James 4:1-12 “Turning From Adulterous Affections”
The world offers an ungodly alternative to our godly affections and to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
March 09, 2021
James 3:13-18 “Living Well in an Unwell World”
Christians are radically different than the world in which they live.
March 05, 2021
James 3:1-12 “The Tongue Cannot Be Tamed Until the Heart is Transformed”
The tongue cannot be tamed until the heart is transformed. Until the heart is changed, the tongue will never be controlled.
February 22, 2021
James 2:14-26 “Faith Without Works is Useless”
Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.
February 16, 2021
James 2:1-13 "The Impartial Gospel"
The Gospel is impartial and manifests itself in love to others.
February 07, 2021
James 1:19-27 "Receive the Implanted Word"
The structure of this passage is all Word-based. We are to listen to the Word, respond to the Word, and live out the Word.
January 24, 2021
James 1:2-18 "Finding the Joy in Trials"
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."
January 22, 2021
James 1:1 "Our Crowns Sit Crooked in a Conflicted World"
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.
January 12, 2021
Psalm 16 “Praying for Presence”
King David’s priestly prayer for life finds prophetic fulfillment in the presence of Jesus.
January 03, 2021
Luke 23:50-56 “Joseph of Arimathea, a Good and Righteous Man”
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.
December 27, 2020
John 1:1-18 "Jesus, the Light of the World"
In the incarnation, Jesus became the light that expels all darkness.   He became the Light of the World.
December 27, 2020
Matthew 2:1-12 “The Magi, the Surprising and Unexpected Reach of God”
God uses surprising means to complete impossible promises through unexpected people.
December 22, 2020
Luke 2:8-20 “The Shepherds, They Made Known the Saying”
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.”
December 14, 2020
Matt. 1:18-25 “The Impossible Possibility of God – Joseph, a Decent Man”
In the fulfilling of Ancient Promises, God uses scandalous means to complete impossible promises through unlikely, but ordinary people.
December 08, 2020
Luke 1:26-38, 46-55 “The Impossible Possibility of God – Mary, the Servant of the Lord”
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.
December 01, 2020
Eph. 2:1-10 “Beginning at Ground Zero - From Death to Life”
Human depravity is never a match for Divine generosity. For by grace you have been saved.
November 24, 2020
Exodus 25:8, 9 “Sacred Space”
God has created a space that enables His people to encounter Him.
November 16, 2020
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the SABBATH, to Keep it Holy”
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.
November 10, 2020
Exodus 40:34-38 “The Glory of YHWH and the Mediation of Jesus”
God’s glory is so blinding and so impenetrable that without mediation, our sin would forever block us from ever entering into His presence and blind us from ever seeing His appearance.
November 02, 2020
Remember the Promise, Reject the Lie
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”
October 25, 2020
Exodus 35:4-29 “The Financing for the Tabernacle”
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.
October 19, 2020
Exodus 34:6-7 “The Glory of YHWH”
YHWH’s glory is found in the depth of His character. The glory of YHWH is completely found in the person of Jesus.
October 11, 2020
Exodus 33:1-34:10 “Jesus, Our Great Mediator”
In the absence of a mediator, our sin would destroy us. Sin demands mediation.
October 05, 2020
Exodus 32:1-14 “They Have Made for Themselves gods of Gold”
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).
September 27, 2020
Exodus 25:1-9 “Let Them Make Me a Sanctuary”
God desires and designed us to dwell with Him for our joy. God wants to be with you for your joy.
September 21, 2020
Exodus 20:22-24:28 "The Heart of God"
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.
September 13, 2020
Exodus 20:1-21 "The Ten Words"
God’s redemptive action changes us and causes us to love Him and to love one another.
September 07, 2020
Exodus 19:1-8 “If you will . . ., [then] you shall be . . .”
What Israel failed to do in keeping the Law, Jesus did. Today, His people enjoy all the benefits of the Law because of His perfect obedience to the Law.
August 31, 2020
Exodus 16:1-26 "Bread in the Wilderness"
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.
August 23, 2020
Exodus 14:1-31 "When God is Honored"
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.
August 16, 2020
Exodus 11:1-13:16 "One Plague More"
The Passover Lamb – God offers salvation through the sacrifice of a substitute.
August 10, 2020
Exodus 7-12 "Signs and Wonders"
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.
August 03, 2020
Exodus 5-7 “I AM YHWH, the One Who Keeps His Covenant”
YHWH is a covenant-keeping God who cares for His people and is committed to His vision and mission.
July 27, 2020
Exodus 2-4 "Rise of the Phoenix"
YHWH is a covenant keeping God who cares for his people and is committed to his vision and mission.
July 20, 2020
Exodus 1:1-22 "God Remembered His Covenant"
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.
July 12, 2020
“An Introduction to the Pentateuch”
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.
July 05, 2020
Gal. 6:6-10 “The Beautiful Benefit of the JESUS SEED”
The JESUS SEED is always producing GOSPEL FRUIT.
June 28, 2020
"The Church Under Siege"
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.
June 21, 2020
How to Listen to a Sermon
We must work to listen to God through His Word.
June 12, 2020
Galatians 6:11-18 “What is Your BRAND? [The Great Divide]”
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.
June 05, 2020
Acts 2:14-41 “Power. Presence. Pentecost”
“This Jesus” is our Messiah and we rejected him. But, we have a chance to repent and receive the forgiveness of sins and the gift of his presence (Holy Spirit).
May 31, 2020
Acts 2:1-13 “What Does This Mean?”
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.
May 22, 2020
Acts 2:1-47 “This Is . . . The Prophet Joel”
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.
May 15, 2020
Acts 1:12-26 "What Now?!"
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.
May 09, 2020
Luke 24:50-53 "He Parted from Them . . . And they were Praising God"
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.
May 02, 2020
Luke 24:36-49 “You Are Witnesses of These Things”
The resurrection of Jesus is the beginning of His reign over sin and  death. His resurrection inaugurates fulfillment and we are witnesses to  these things.
April 25, 2020
Luke 24:13-35 And Their Eyes Were Opened
The Story is true. Jesus is alive!  After Jesus talked with the disciples on  the road to Emmaus, it was in the breaking of bread that they recognized Him.
April 18, 2020
Matthew 28:1-15 Who are You Looking For?
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.
April 13, 2020
Luke 19:28-44 Fear not, behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!
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.
April 05, 2020
Exodus 14:1-31 Fear Not, Stand Firm, And See the Salvation of the LORD
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.
March 29, 2020
Fear Not, Stand Firm, and See the Salvation of the LORD
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).
March 23, 2020
Galatians 6:6-10 Sowing and Reaping
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.
March 23, 2020
Galatians 6:1-5 Bearing One Another's Burdens
Bearing one another’s burdens is a loving expression of our gospel freedom that brings restoration on the horizontal.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 5:16-26 Living in Freedom
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 5:1-15 Keep it Clean, Stay the Course, and Love Community
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 5:2-12 An Unadulterated Gospel
Not only is Jesus necessary, but He is enough! Our previous paragraph walks us into our present passage. Jesus frees us from enslavement. He saves us from sin and death and for joy and glory.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 4:21-5:1 There Are Only Two Outcomes
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 4:8-20 What Happened?
Despite all Paul has said, they still are turning back to their idolatrous ways.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 4:1-7 No Longer Slaves, but Sons and Heirs
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 3:15-29 The Promise Still Stands
In the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone we become the very children of God. As such we are the heirs according to promise.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 3:1-29 From Start to Finish and Everything in Between
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 2:15-21 When Jesus Isn't Enough
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 2:11-14 Dealing With Peter's Hypocrisy
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.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 2:1-10 Getting the Gospel Right
Of all that can be said, there is only one thing that must be said. The Gospel must be preserved.
March 18, 2020
Galatians 1:10-24 The Revealed Son
Paul’s conversion was the single greatest support for the divine origin of the message he preached.
March 17, 2020
Galatians 1:6-9 No Other Gospel
This verse/statement is the reason why Paul is writing the letter of Galatians to the church. This purpose sets up the main idea of the book which is based on the centrality of Jesus/the Gospel.
March 17, 2020
Galatians 1:1-5 Defining the Gospel
In this opening paragraph Paul does two things. First, he defends His apostleship and secondly, he defines the gospel.
March 17, 2020
Galatians Introduction
An assumed gospel becomes a distorted gospel that results in a different gospel. And such a gospel is no gospel at all.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: The Feast of Booths - God Dwells
In the Feast of Booths, God dwells among His people for their provision and protection. He is their LIFE.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: Old Testament Pictures of Christ
All of the PICTURES in the Old Testament, Rules, Priesthood, Sacrifices, Tabernacle, and Feast Days pointed to Jesus Christ.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: ONE Word
JESUS is the FULFILLMENT of the ONE Seed, ONE Covenant, and ONE Word.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: The Covenant
JESUS is the guarantee that God is faithful to His promise AND will complete His design/desire for you and me.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: ONE Seed
JESUS is the promised Seed that all of Scripture points to. He is substance of every shadow.
March 17, 2020
ONE Story: ONE Savior
The Bible tells a single Story and at the Center of this Story is JESUS.
March 17, 2020
Titus 3:9-15 Jesus Works
The JESUS SEED always produces GOSPEL FRUIT and this looks and feels like working hard at pulling people in, treating them as family, and receiving them as they are.
March 17, 2020
Titus 3:4-8 God, The First Philanthropist
God loves us, so He saved us, so that we would become heirs of heaven’s hope and careful to engage in good deeds.
March 17, 2020
Titus 3:1-3 Amazed by God: The Radical Gospel
The Christian’s Orderly Response to the Disorder of their Culture.
March 17, 2020
Titus 2:11-15 The Gospel Tsunami
The Gospel intrinsically transforms its recipients. The JESUS SEED causes His people to leave sin, live righteously, and look for His soon return.
March 17, 2020
Titus 2:1-10 Instructing Sound Doctrine
Teaching healthy doctrine leads to healthy churches. Healthy churches are ordered churches.
March 17, 2020
Titus 1:10-16 The Abomination
Elders are to silence the insubordinate.
March 17, 2020
Titus 1:5-9 Order in the Church
The JESUS SEED produces the GOSPEL FRUIT of Order.
March 17, 2020
Titus 1:1-4 The Radical Gospel
Just as we were in ADAM, so also we now are in CHRIST.
March 17, 2020
Titus Introduction: The Melodic Line of Jesus
The Jesus Seed always produces Gospel Fruit.
March 17, 2020