Jesus comes as the Messianic King proclaiming the nearness of the Kingdom of God. This immediately sets him in conflict with rival kingdoms, those who have set themselves up in opposition to God. In this sermon on Mark 1:21-40, we see how Jesus shows his power over one of those rival kingdoms - the demonic spiritual world.
Series: The Book of Mark: Jesus in Conflict
How can we get the results we’re looking for? Are results guaranteed if we follow the right formula, or are they basically random, the products of a world completely outside of our control?
Asked theologically, does the outcome depend on us or does it only depend on God’s sovereignty?
In this message we explore the biblical metaphor of gardening to shed light on these questions. We ask what this means for us personally, and what it means for us as a church.
Sermon date: 1/6/2019. Speaker: Steven Kopp. Primary text: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15.
We know so much of the Christmas story from carols and story books.
But, are those things really in the Bible? What parts of the story do we know for sure, and what parts of the story have been added on by traditions?
It often seems like our lives are out of control. We don’t understand why things happen to us.
It is helpful to remember that God is in control of all things, and he is working in all things for his purposes and the maturity of believers.
We can see this hand of God in Abraham’s life from the stories in Genesis 20-21.
Jeremiah was given the task of sharing some very bad news with Israel: armies were about to pour in from the north to bring about unparalleled destruction.
But he also brings a message of hope and restoration, of a great reversal that will happen… in God’s time.
In this exposition of Jeremiah 1:10-16 we look at how Jeremiah's message of destruction and hope, uprooting and replanting, demolition and reconstruction, work together, and how both point to Jesus.
God doesn't always ask us to do easy things. Sometimes he asks us to do things that threaten our comfort, security, or approval of others.
The call of Jeremiah is unique, but it also gives us a pattern of responding to the costly call of following God.
"Do I need to forgive someone right away?"
This post is Pastor Steve's attempt to answer the question above. It depends a little on what we mean by forgiveness. Do we mean releasing internal anger and hurt, or restoring a relationship, or both? What if it's not possible to restore the relationship? Does the nature of the relationship need to stay the same?
The phrase “Love Wins” has a lot of traction in our culture today. It
represents the idea that in the end, God’s love will overcome anything
and everything else in order to bring us good.
Is that what it means when the Bible says, “God is love”?
Have you ever doubted that you were saved?
What do we do with those kinds of doubts?
Can we really know for sure?
This sermon looks at what the book of 1 John has to say about these important questions.
Have you ever been excited for something to happen that didn’t quite live up to your expectations? At home? At church?
The people in Haggai’s day were excited to return to their land after 70 years in exile. But when they returned, their expectations were not met.
And because of it, they responded with disobedience.
How do we respond to disappointment, and what can Haggai teach us about this today?
This sermon explores the series of decisions and events that led up to the destruction of Jerusalem at the time of Jeremiah.
As the Assyrians raided the land once again and sent the people into exile they would have asked, "how did we get here?" The author of Kings wants us to know the answer to that question.
Reform: To make a change for the better.
Israel’s history is bleak: A divided kingdom, unrelenting pressure from violent neighbors, and a long series of corrupt kings.
But there were a few bright spots too: Kings that brought much needed
Could these kings save Israel?
What can we learn from their example?
This sermon summarizes the reigns of Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
Text: 1 John 1:1-4.
Series: 1 John: Assurance
Speaker: John Dubois
The coming of Jesus, into the world, is the greatest good news of all.
Jesus came clearly and tangibly. His followers really saw him and heard him in time and space. They touched him, and he was really there!
The basis for our faith is grounded in the certain reality of the coming of Jesus.
We therefore have great confidence in God through Jesus.
Pastor Steve's first sermon in his series on the book of Jeremiah. This sermon examines the Northern Kingdom's road to destruction and exile. It serves as a warning for us today and establishes the context for Jeremiah's prophetic word to Judah.