Thanks to Whom Thanks is Due
November 29, 2020 • John Loughlin
How Then Shall We Live in Evil Days?
November 22, 2020 • Grayson Gilbert
In this next section of the book of Habakkuk, the prophet raises yet another complaint against the Lord. The prophet does not see how God's use of Babylon can be consistent with His own character and promises. Rather than relent of His plans to judge Judah through this wicked nation, the Lord simply reaffirms His decree to the indignant prophet. Indeed, Judah shall see evil days ahead for her rebellion. Thus, the question for the people of God becomes: How then shall we live in evil days? The answer: The just shall live by his faithfulness.
The Eternal Kingdom
November 15, 2020 • Matthew Henry
As wonderful as the millennial kingdom will be it is still a fallen world under sin. Satan was removed but the hearts of mankind were still in rebellion. They had their glorious King present. They had the curse removed from the land. They had truth and justice rolling forth from Jerusalem. But they still loved their sin. So these must be dealt with completely and finally and the final promises of a new heaven and earth shall come to pass. That is the focus of this sermon, the hope and glory of the eternal kingdom.
November 15, 2020 • Matt Miller
Here we see Jesus begin His famous Sermon on the Mount. He begins His introduction with a series of paradoxical statements, famously known as the beatitudes. While many have thought this is a sermon on ethics, it is a sermon on salvation. It is a declaration of who is in His kingdom and who is not. In these four statements (or beatitudes) Jesus gives us an opportunity to self-reflect. They are four marks of a converted soul. Are we of Him and among the blessed, or are we not of Him and among the cursed? This is the question He wants His audience to wrestle with, and it is His question to us. These are the indicators of a redeemed heart, and therefore, who is blessed.
The Millennial Kingdom
November 8, 2020 • Matthew Henry
We look at the glorious features of the millennial kingdom in this message. We know now the signs of Jesus’ coming so now we can consider what the kingdom itself will look like and what will occur during this wonderful time of Christ’s earthly reign.
Preaching, Power, and Popularity
November 8, 2020 • Matt Miller
Luke gives us a summary statement of Jesus' immense popularity. Many are coming to Him for various reasons; hoping to hear Him, be healed, and be amazed. It's a passage that reflects on the people's perspective toward Jesus up to this point in His ministry. Yet, Luke masterfully places this before Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. Jesus will end that sermon by saying true disciples are not one's who merely here and consume, but obey. It is a powerful reminder that we must examine ourselves to see if our life truly bears the marks of a faithful disciple.
The Signs of the Kingdom of God
November 1, 2020 • Matthew Henry
Having seen a critical shift in how Jesus presented the Kingdom of God in Matthew 13, it becomes evident that it is not going to happen in this first advent of Jesus. But the gospels do not leave us without a witness; rather, Jesus instructs His disciples, not the masses, as to what the signs would be. In this message, we focus on a few chapters where these events and signs are explicitly taught to see what we might learn as we look forward to the coming reign of Jesus Christ on earth.
The Master's Men
November 1, 2020 • Matt Miller
Jesus now gathers His twelve disciples for ministry. Among the crowd of followers, Jesus chooses twelve, very common, very ordinary men. They are imperfect and weak, yet the Lord will use them to accomplish mighty things. God is not looking for super saints to accomplish His purposes. He uses the weakness of common, ordinary men to fulfill the extraordinary. And the weaker we are, the more useful we'll be. And it all began with these twelve men who will become the foundation of His Church.
The Mystery of God & Evil
October 25, 2020 • Grayson Gilbert
Every person has asked the question at some point in their lives: why does a good God allow evil? The book of Habakkuk gives us an answer to this question, but in a rather curious way. In this answer, we find four mysteries revealed about the actions of God in an evil world: 1.) The Mystery of God's Indifference: God's Timing is Not Our Timing. 2.) The Mystery of God's Answers: God's Answers are Not Our Answers. 3.) The Mystery of God's Instruments: God's Ways are Not Our Ways. 4.) The Mystery of God's Judgments: God's Judgments are Final.
The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God
October 18, 2020 • Matthew Henry
In a key transition point in the gospel of Matthew we see a consequence of the rejection of Jesus as the Messiah-King. From this point forward He began to speak in parables and in doing so He hid the hope of the Kingdom of God from most of the listeners. He called these parables the “mysteries of the kingdom.” This sermon examines what they say and what they reveal about the Kingdom of God.
October 18, 2020 • Matt Miller
Jesus endures a string of three assaults by the Pharisees. Yet, here, He intentionally heightens the tension. He wants to make a very strong contrast between His way of salvation, and the way of self-righteous religion. What Jesus reveals is that a person is either with Him or against Him. There is no neutrality. For the lowly sinner, He offers grace. But for the self-righteous, He offers judgment. Which are you?
The Kingdom of God Explained by Jesus
October 11, 2020 • Matthew Henry
A lot of people have thoughts about what is the Kingdom of God but seldom is there a clear sense of what the bible actually says. In the Gospels we have Jesus making many statements about it and by looking at these passages we can see the various ways that the King Himself describes and explains His Kingdom. The goal of this sermon is to open the eyes of the listener to various characteristics related to the Kingdom as shown in the gospels.
Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath
October 11, 2020 • Matt Miller
Jesus is assaulted by false accusations on a point of Law, specifically, regarding Sabbath observance. Jesus, once again, uses the confrontation to expose the false religion of the Pharisees, but also reveal Who He is. Jesus masterfully traps the Pharisees, who are seeking to trap Him. It's a wonderful account that gives the sinner much hope in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come through religious Law-keeping, but by embracing the One Who is Lord of the Sabbath. For He is our rest.
The Kingdom of God Announced
October 4, 2020 • Matthew Henry
The Gospels open up with clear declarations of the advent of the King which the Old Testament anticipated. The King had come! But then thirty years of silence as the Baby grew and matured until it was time for His unveiling and public ministry to begin. And immediately the message rang forth, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The gospels play a critical role is connecting the promise of the Old Testament about a King and the Kingdom of God with the first advent of Jesus our Lord. In turn, Acts and the epistles then play an equally important role in explaining the importance and necessity of two advents. In this message we will see how the Kingdom of God is announce and explained by none other than the King Himself.
The Incompatibility of the Gospel
October 4, 2020 • Matt Miller
This is a poignant passage revealing the uniqueness of the Gospel. It shows how Jesus' message is utterly new, and therefore, incompatible with any form of religion, or self-righteous effort. It is a passage revealing the purity of the Gospel, and that anything false corrupts its efficacy to save sinners. It is a timely message in light of a pluralistic, syncretistic culture, which says that there are many paths to salvation. Jesus says there is only one path, and it is His path alone.