Sermons from May 2021

“God is Not Safe” – 1 Samuel 5-6

Have you ever had something stolen from you? It’s a pretty nasty feeling. We’ve had a car stolen. I’ve had my wallet stolen more than once. It’s not a good feeling to know something is gone and you’re probably not getting it back. Last week, Israel lost the most valuable thing they had – the ark of the covenant. And humanly speaking, it should have been the end of a religion. How could an ancient god recover from something like…

Sola Gratia

The Five Pillars of the Reformation5.9.2021 – Week 3 – Sola Gratia Sola Gratia – “Grace Alone” “We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by…

“Shameful Loss” – 1 Samuel 4

A few times during his ministry, Jesus quoted from the prophet Isaiah. “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” The world today has an abundance of knowledge. We have more information than we could ever need. But knowledge is not the same thing as understanding. Look with me at 1 Samuel 4, beginning in verse 1: 1 Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and…

Solus Christus

The Five Pillars of the Reformation5.2.2021 – Week 2 – Solus Christus Solus Christus – “In Christ Alone” “We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father. We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.”– The Cambridge Declaration, Alliance of…
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