Sermon: Jesus, Immanuel

[The following sermon is from a series on the Apostles’ Creed. It might be helpful to read the creed and the exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism (Q26), which were recited corporately prior to the sermon] We confess our faith every week because Christianity is being steadily colonized by a false religion. This confession is an…

Sermon: God the Father

[This sermon is part of a series on the Apostles’ Creed. It might be helpful to read the creed as well as the exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism, as they were confessed prior to the sermon] Who likes putting puzzles together? Imagine for a moment that you have a huge puzzle – 20,000 pieces –…

Sermon: Letting Love Show

If you were with us last week, we have been listening together to God’s Word about generosity. We listened to David as he spoke before the assembly of Israel, passing on the mantle of authority to his son, Solomon. David and the people gave to the building of the temple, not out of guilt or…

Sermon: The Generous God

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to 1 Chronicles 29, beginning in verse 1. 1 Chronicles 29. First Chronicles is in the Old Testament – 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, then Ezra and Nehemiah. 1 Chronicles 29, beginning in verse 1. While you are finding it, let me set the stage…

Sermon: The Temptation of Worship

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 4, beginning in verse 8. This morning we will hear the third and final temptation of Jesus. But before we…

Sermon: The Temptation of Proof

Last week, we began our slow walk through the three temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4. The first temptation Jesus faced hit him where he was weakest. Jesus was hungry after forty days and forty nights of fasting and the devil wanted him to turn stones to bread. It was at a weak point, with…

Sermon: The Temptation of Hunger

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Matthew, chapter 4. Matthew 4, beginning in verse 1. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus faced three temptations. These temptations are, at the same time, unique and universal. They are unique…

Sermon: Worthy Is The Lamb

Throughout the summer we have been tuning our hearts, as we’ve studied Revelation 1-5. You may remember that at the beginning of our series, Pastor Stephen told a story about tuning and re-tuning his guitar, before discovering it wasn’t him that was out of tune, but my piano. The piano was so loud, that he…

Sermon: A Vision of Heaven

What will heaven be like? Its the kind of question we hear from curious four and six year olds, who are first contemplating that there might be something more and bigger than this life. What will heaven be like? It is the question of aging saints who confidently face death. What will heaven be like?…

Sermon: Laodicea

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Revelation. Revelation 3, beginning in verse 14. Revelation is the last book in the Bible. Revelation 3, beginning in verse 14. We have been listening to God’s word in the book of Revelation in order to tune our hearts to the reality…