The Plumb Line in the Church
June 20, 2021 • Grayson Gilbert
Amos is caught up in three visions of judgment against the Israelites. The first two visions are of a potential judgment to come, which due to the prayers of the righteous prophet, will not come to pass. In the third vision, Israel is measured against the plumb line, which is the Law of God, and revealed to be utterly crooked. As a result, she must face judgment, and the prophet falls silent before the face of God. Much like in the days of Amos, the church is being measured by the Word of God. The question remains: will she stand the test of scrutiny and measure up to the plumb line?
The Church’s Core Activities: Part 1
June 13, 2021 • Matthew Henry
In an age of innovation, entertainment and social retooling the Church is to stand aloof as to its core activities. Established on the person of Jesus Christ through faith in the gospel and by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Church is then called to be a light and witness to the world. However, the activities of the Church are clearly delineated in the Scripture. And one of the simplest and clearest examples of this is in Acts 2.
The Nature of True Ministry
June 6, 2021 • Matt Miller
In this transition passage of Luke's Gospel we learn four simple principles that guided the life and ministry of Jesus. It provides a helpful model for any who desire to bear fruit for the cause of the Kingdom. We learn that God's ways for the Kingdom are utterly backwards to conventional wisdom. Jesus launched a global and eternal movement that continues today, yet He did it through seemingly backward ways. This is the way of the Kingdom, and the Church would do well to learn from His method.
Raise Your Children to Believe
June 6, 2021 • Matthew Henry
There is a war on our children. And the battlefield is for their hearts and minds. And the enemy is Satan using many different entities to wage this war. But the methods are always the same if only we will have eyes to see and ears to hear. The Christian faith is to be passed on to our children and it is expected, and even commanded, that Christian parents do so.
Seeing the Supremacy of Christ
May 30, 2021 • John Loughlin
God Hates The Proud Heart
May 23, 2021 • Grayson Gilbert
Amos delivers another oracle of judgment against the Northern Kingdom of Israel, indicting them of their prideful hearts, which God hates. Focusing once again on God's sure judgment, the prophet delivers a message to a people who boast confidently in themselves, indulge in the lusts of the flesh and the lusts of the eyes, and arrogantly presume their self-sufficiency in all things. In the end, though Israel believes she stands tall, she embodies the proverbial wisdom that "pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before the fall."
When Sinners Transform
May 16, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus encounters a prostitute in a Pharisee's home. While Simon the Pharisee stands in judgment of Jesus, the woman serves Jesus from an overflow of gratitude. It is a wonderful account that Luke uses to illustrate the separation between the self-righteous and those who understand their sin. It is an emotive way to end this important section, but the take-away is clear-- the deeper you understand your forgiveness, the deeper your love for Christ. This is a helpful account for Christians who have grown cold in their walk. It is a call to go back and remember the significance of the debt you owed.
Does Baptism Save?
May 16, 2021
In this final sermon on the nature and purpose of baptism we consider the several passages used by various groups to argue that in some manner or another baptism brings a person into some sort of covenant or redeemed relationship with God. This can span from actual salvation to becoming part of the visible covenant community.
The Parable of the Brats
May 9, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus gives a parable to describe the difference between those who believe and those who reject Him in self-righteousness. It is a helpful illustration describing what is taking place in the heart of those who rejected Jesus in His generation. However, the parable is still applicable in our day. Those who reject Christ are like childish brats who refuse Jesus because He does not offer what they want on their own terms.
May 9, 2021 • Matthew Henry
In the debate regarding baptism too often there is not enough time spent considering the contexts of the many passages that make reference to it. But upon a closer examination it readily becomes apparent that there are more than one type of baptism in the New Testament. In this sermon we are able to see the various types of baptisms and how, if we confuse them, it creates ample opportunity for doctrinal strife and error.
How To Be Great
May 2, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus turns His attention toward the crowd and confronts them with the questions of Who He is. He wants to induce a response within them. There is a mixed crowd and therefore mixed reaction. The passage reveals there are only two types of people in the world-- those who will be great because they accept Jesus as the Christ, and those who will not because they reject Jesus as the Christ. Luke pens this record to confront us with the same question-- Who is Jesus? Our answer will determine our greatness in the age to come.
Key Perspectives on Baptism
May 2, 2021 • Matthew Henry
In the world of the Church there are various views for baptism. In this sermon we explore the key reasons and positions in preparation to considering the many passages used to explain and teach baptism.
Let Justice Roll Down
April 25, 2021 • Grayson Gilbert
The prophet Amos delivers yet another oracle of judgment against the Northern Kingdom, turning the facet of God's judgment to reveal three signs of misplaced faith. In each instance, Amos strips back the defenses of a people caught in the throes of deception. Though the Northern Kingdom's judgment is secure and will not be pulled back, yet a glimmer of hope remains for individual repentance. If they are to escape the wrath to come, they must become a people known by their continual abundance of justice and righteousness.
Why We Doubt
April 18, 2021 • Matt Miller
Luke reintroduces us to John the Baptist who is now in prison. John hears the report of Jesus, but wonders if Jesus is the Messiah. This is a shockingly different attitude from the confident John we see in chapter 3. It is a section in which we see a genuine believer begin to doubt, but also what he does to remedy that doubt. There are important lessons for the Christian, but it's also another passage clearly revealing the truthfulness of Jesus' identity-- that He is God's true Messiah of salvation!
Introduction to Believer's Baptism
April 18, 2021 • Matthew Henry
What is baptism? And how does it function and for what purpose? In Acts 2 the first Christians were told to be baptized in the name of Jesus and for the forgiveness of sin. So what is meant by those statements by the Apostle Peter? Is baptism the way to be forgiven? Are we to ignore the command of Jesus Himself when He said to baptize people in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? Is baptism even something that important or is it optional for believers? Is it something worth dividing over? These are the sort of issues this short series is designed to answer.
How To Be Forgiven of Your Sins
April 11, 2021 • Matthew Henry
The sermon is done. The people are pricked. And now the call to repent and believe is given. In this sermon we simply look at what are the normal steps to find full forgiveness of our sin.
Seek Me That You May Live
March 28, 2021 • Grayson Gilbert
The prophet Amos takes up a funeral song to announce the death of Israel. Her lifeless corpse lay unnoticed in the land and there is no one to raise her up again. The nation may be doomed; God may be mourning over her death, but the Lord still grants the possibility for a remnant to be spared if they will turn to Him in genuine repentance and faith. Despite how bleak and hopeless things are for the Northern Kingdom of Israel, God bids them, "Seek Me and live."
When Life Meets Death
March 28, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus travels to an obscure town to raise a widows only son from the dead. It is a story in which Jesus reveals that He is God by displaying His power over death. In this passage we see His providence, His power, and purpose for why He does what He does. We also see the humanity of Jesus, as His compassion moves Him to care for this women. The call of the passage is trust in the power of Jesus' saving Word. For in Jesus Christ, God has visited the dead sinner!
Confronted with Jesus Christ
March 21, 2021 • Matthew Henry
Peter’s opening sermon on the Day of Pentecost is a powerful declaration of two vital truths. First, that we are now living in the last days. And second, that Jesus was, and is, the Christ. That He died and rose again. And that He is returning to judge all His enemies. With those two points Peter confronts the Jews and us.
The Profile of a Disciple
March 14, 2021 • Matt Miller
Coming down from the Mountain after teaching that great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus now encounters a Roman Centurion. This man functions in the Gospel as the embodiment of all that Jesus just taught. In this centurion, we see that profile of a true disciple, and the very kind of person that Jesus will use to save sinners. He becomes a tremendous example to the church. His defining characteristic is one of incredible faith; an ongoing quality that must control the life of any true discipleship. For faith is the only reality that amazes Jesus and pleases the Father.
Confronted with The Last Days
March 14, 2021 • Matthew Henry
Peter stands and delivers a powerful and densely packed sermon to this crowd of Jews after the Holy Spirit filled and moved in the early Church. It is a sermon that explains what is happening, what happened to Jesus Christ, why it happened and their own responsibility and guilt in it. It is a call to repentance but it is not a man-centered message. It is designed to teach and explain while holding nothing back. The effect and the results are left to God and it is a mighty act God does in response.