Sermon: Father, Forgive Them

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the gospel of Luke. Luke 23:34. If you don’t have a bible with you this morning, please feel free to grab one from the pew in front of you and leave it open as we read and study God’s word together. Luke is in the…

First Glance: Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (Luke 23:34) Jesus does not ask that his enemies get what they deserve (“Father, smite them, for they knew exactly what they were doing!”). Instead, he prays for their forgiveness. He prays…

Sermon: The Red Thread of Salvation

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, February 21, 2016 as part of a series of  Community Lenten Evening Services between rural RCA and PCA churches in our area.] From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is the story of God bringing about salvation. Jesus would rightly claim that the whole of the Law and the…

Sermon: Forsakenness

We have entered the season of Lent. It’s true that Lent is not in the Bible. There is no command to observe the forty days before Easter as a season of repentance and preparation focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, there is no command to celebrate Easter in the Bible either.…

First Glance: Mark 15:33-34

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Mark 15:33-34) There are many different ways to approach a biblical text in order to…

Sermon: Perseverance

Say these words after me: All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. That’s 2 Timothy 3:16: All-Scripture is God-breathed. The words we hear in the Bible, every one of them, are God’s Word. Even as Paul or Peter or Matthew or Jeremiah or Moses put ink to…