Sermon: Do you believe this?

We have reached the end of our time exploring the core teaching of the Christian faith through the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Our hope has been that you have learned more deeply what Christians believe and why we believe it. We end this morning in the gospel of John, chapter 11, beginning in verse... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Communion of the Saints

It is good to be back. Thank you to those of you who prayed for us on our trips. Both Wittenberg and Canada were beautiful. But it is good to be back with our people. We pick up again in the middle of our series on the Apostles’ Creed. We have been exploring together this... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Holy Catholic Church

Words can become weapons. Words that should unite us, that should defined our shared life are used to draw lines, divide, and separate. In 1882, members of  the congregation of Pillar Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, entered the church with axe handles and chains, locking the doors and barring the consistory from entering the church.... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Holy Spirit

[This sermon was part of a series on the Apostles' Creed. It may be helpful to read the creed and its exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism, which were recited corporately prior to the sermon.] In our journey through the core teachings of the Christian faith, we have arrived at God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Ascension

If you are joining us for the first time this morning, or the first time in a while, this fall we are exploring the core teachings of the Christian faith. We are using an ancient formula called the Apostles’ Creed as our guide. The last few weeks, we have listened to God’s word on the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Descent to Hell

[This sermon was preached as part of a series on the Apostles' Creed. It may be helpful to read the creed and the exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism Q44, which were read responsively before the sermon.] For those of you who are with us for the first time, or the first time in a while,... Continue Reading →

Sermon: In Life and In Death

[This sermon is part of a series on the Apostles' Creed. It may be helpful to read the creed and the exposition of it in the Heidelberg Catechism Q31-32, which were read responsively before the sermon.] You are walking down the street when a stranger comes up to you and asks one question: “I see... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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 -... Continue Reading →

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