May 23, 2010
That ye might believe (Jn 20:30-31)
This message is a reprise from our series in the Gospel of John. We take a look at John’s purpose statement for his Gospel in the belief that John has indeed proven his proposition. In looking at the gospel this way, we call men to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Denying Worldly Passions (Titus 2:12)
In this lesson we look at some of the background information defining the words in Titus 2.12. The gospel teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires while living in a certain way: soberly, righteously, and godly. In understanding these terms we take another step towards understanding the concept of worldliness.
Saved by Childbearing? (1 Tim 2:15)
In today’s message, we tackle the understanding of one of the most difficult verses in the Bible. At face value, it might seem to deny some key doctrines concerning salvation. As we examine the details of the passage, we find that it grants a complementary opportunity for Christian women to find great blessing and satisfying ministry influence if they will continue in the faith, submissive to God’s order and embracing God’s mission in the local church.
May 2, 2010 – Sermons
May 2, 2010
Our previous Wednesday’s Psalm (4.28.10):
Hallelujah! God Never Fails (Ps 105:1-45)
Two key concepts dominate this psalm: Remember! and God acts. Throughout the psalm, Israel is called to remember God’s great works in establishing the nation. None of Israel’s misdeeds are mentioned (they await Ps 106). The entire focus is on God working, directly and indirectly, to make a nation for himself. As NT Christian believers, we can be assured in our faith in the same God and are reminded to remember God’s works on our behalf as well.
The Sunday Messages:
Sin and Grace (Rm 5:12-21)
In this message we are surveying the whole of the passage we have been in, Rm 5.12-21. Today we are concentrating on the two major ideas or sets of terms in the passage. On the one hand, Paul uses five different terms for sin and on the other he uses four different terms for grace (or gift). The remarkable contrast between these terms heightens in our minds the magnitude of God’s great grace and condescension towards us in saving us from our sins.
In this lesson we finish discussing the cross references to the terms in Titus 2.12.
(Our recording cuts off a bit of the end of the lesson.)
Blessings and Cursings (Lev 26:1-46)
The next to last chapter of Leviticus seems like a conclusion – in it God gives to his people the promise of blessing if they obey the law and disciplinary cursing if they disobey. He also reaffirms his covenant with the patriarchs. We take warning and guidance from these words as NT believers, and we also rejoice to know that part of the promised blessings are already ours by means of the indwelling Holy Spirit based on the work of Christ on our behalf.