4.25.10 sermons

April 25, 2010

Last Wednesday’s psalm:

Bless the Lord, O my Soul (2) (Ps 104:1-35)

This psalm, a companion and meditation on Ps 103, speaks to us of our ordered world, set in place by our majestic and glorious God to sustain us and keep us alive so that we might praise him. What folly it is for a sinner to ignore God’s daily doings on his behalf! May we join with the psalmist in his commitment to sing to the Lord.

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Today’s messages:

Abundant Grace, Abundant Righteousness, Abundant LIFE (Rm 5:17)

As we see the unfolding contrasts between the act of Adam and the work of Christ, we come at last to the notion of ‘reigning in life’. The ones who have received the abundant grace of v. 15 and the abundant righteousness of v. 16 receive also the power of grace in life that means not only a future reign, but a present reign in this life through Jesus Christ – a reign over the presence and power of sin as we yield ourselves to the Spirit and grow in grace.

Towards an Understanding of Worldliness (3)

In this lesson we are data gathering in order to get an understanding of Titus 2.12 and the meaning of ‘worldly desires’ in that verse. We are considerning the synonyms and antonyms as they are used in the Scripture to help clarify our understanding about what makes a desire ‘worldly’.

Women, Keep Silent (1 Tim 2:11-14)

In this message, we address a subject that is controversial in our culture, but not controversial in the Bible. The issue is the place of women in the church. The Bible clearly teaches that women are not to teach or take any leadership position over men in the church. The reasons for this order are rooted in the Creation and in the Fall. The spiritually minded gladly receive this word from the Lord and follows it faithfully.

4.18.10 sermons

April 18, 2010

Last Wednesday’s Psalm:

Bless the Lord, O my Soul (1) (Ps 103:1-22)

This is the second and last of the psalms named "A Psalm of David" in Book 4 of the psalms. It reflects the thoughts of a mature David, admonishing his own soul in a time of discipline with his knowledge of the Lord’s past benefits and the Lord’s everlasting goodness. David’s thoughts become a hymn for our admonition as well.

Today’s Sermons:

Grace Magnified (Rm 5:16)

Today the contrast between Adam and Christ highlights the incredible magnitude of Christ’s gracious gift. The act of Adam plunged all men into sin – we all sinned in Adam. But we didn’t stop sinning with that one sin. Our lives are filled with sin. The gift of God in Jesus Christ answers every one of those human sins – working out of the many sins it pronounces the sentence: "Just before God". Hallelujah!

Towards an Understanding of Worldliness (2)

Today we make an attempt at defining the term ‘worldly’ and begin to look at a key passage for understanding worldliness, Titus 2.11-12.

Women’s Adorning (1 Tim 2:9-10)

Our message today looks at the topic of women’s dress, especially in the context of public worship. The way a woman dresses should flow from a godly inner testimony, but it does reflect itself in an appropriate, sober, modest style of dress.

4.11.10 sermons

April 11, 2010

The 4.7.10 psalm:

Hear My Prayer, O Lord (Ps 102:1-28)

Our psalm looks at a comparison between a man’s days and the Lord’s days. The Psalm has a Messianic flavour that is made definite by Heb 1.10-12. This puts a whole new construction on the psalm, but is in keeping with prophetic themes often seen in the psalms.

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The 4.11.10 messages:

The Abounding Plus (Rm 5:15)

Paul is working toward a comparison of the work of Adam and the work of Christ, but first he must point out ways in which the works contrast rather than compare. The first contrast is this: although Adam’s sin plunged humanity into futility and death, Christ’s work is not simply a reversal of Adam’s sin. Christ’s work is much much more, abundantly more, it is "The Abounding Plus"!

Towards an Understanding of Worldliness

We are working on definitions. Our last lessons brought us to a definition of godliness. Now we are attempting to define worldliness. The first step is to define the term ‘worldly’, since ‘worldliness’ itself is not a Bible term. If we understand ‘worldly’, we will gain some insight into what ‘worldliness’ is. This lesson works through various passages where we find the term ‘worldly’.

Holiness Applied Distinctly (1 Tim 2:8-10)

Today we see that public prayer is ordained by the apostle for the men. The woman’s role in public prayer is supportive. Both men and women are called to every day holiness as their place in the effectiveness of public prayers and worship.

4.4.10 sermons

April 4, 2010

The Type of Him who was to Come (Rm 5:14)

For our Easter message, we consider the way in which Adam is a type of Christ and how Adam’s type-setting image had to be impressed into Christ for Christ to become the type-setter by which we can be rescued from Adam’s impression on us.

The Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:1-55)

Our communion sermon looks at the OT law of the Year of Jubilee and compares it to the Lord Jesus proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord in his earthly ministry of releasing captives from sin.

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We had no study time today, having a baptismal service with singing and testimonies instead. Praise the Lord for the testimony of his grace in the life of the one being baptized.

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Our Wednesday 3.31.10 psalm

Good Intentions (Ps 101:1-8)

Our psalm represents David’s core values, values he ultimately failed to perfectly maintain. Human weakness in keeping even our own standards ought to impel us to the grace of God, for none of us can stand even by the law of self. And our psalm has a forward look to the perfect King, David’s son, Jesus Christ, who will one day establish a kingdom of perfect integrity.

3.28.10 sermons

April 4, 2010

Sin is in the World (Rm 5:13-14)

Today we look at the evidence Paul offers to prove that all men sinned in Adam and are subject to death as a result. This evidence points to all men in our world today who have not heard the message of the gospel. We should have compassion on men around us because they are all likewise doomed by Adam’s sin (and their own).

Defining Godliness (2)

We conclude our effort at defining godliness. Godliness is a manner of life that is dominated by reverence for God that is displayed in respect for other men that is visible to outside observers and is not confused with worldliness.

Ordained a Preacher (1 Tim 2:7)

Paul offers the testimony of his transformed life as the final reason why we should be praying for all men, especially for their salvation.

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Our Wednesday Psalm from 3.24.10

Make a Joyful Noise (Ps 100:1-5)

Our look at the 100th Psalm, the conclusion of the ‘God as King’ psalms (Ps 93, 95-100).