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Stretching and Sharing in Gospel Joy

Three Reasons for Christian Cultural Flexibility in Making Disciples To win more  “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22 ESV) “Save some.” Paul realized that in spite of our best efforts many will not believe and will reject Jesus. But humanly speaking, by…

Why the Gospel Fuels Generosity

I want to let the Apostle Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, summon all of us to the generous life as the godliest and most meaningful life we can experience. “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe…

Steward Everything!

Our parable today is situated between two beloved and famous moments. The first is the story of Zacchaeus in Jericho. The wee little man who climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus. I have told that story many times at bedtime. Maybe kids can relate to being wee little people. His eventual repentance from a…

Sola Church

The Church is the Pillar (Proclaimer) of Truth “If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15) Foundations hold things fast; pillars hold things high. Pillars put things on display.…

Christ Alone

Jesus fulfills the Old Testament priesthood by representing us to God in his death as our representative and his ongoing ministry of intercession for us. “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews7:25 ESV) Who is…

Sola: Grace

What Does Sola Grace Mean? We are saved entirely by God “And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23–24 ESV) Justification by faith is the hallmark of the Reformation. Notice here we are justified by his grace. What is the difference? Faith is the…

Sola Scriptura: A Scripture-Alone Life

          Scripture Over Us (We Submit to Scripture) This is the issue of authority; the foundational issue of the Reformation. The word “submit” here is good, but I think it must be much more than merely submission. “Thus says the Lord:    “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool;…

Sola: Scripture Alone

What Sola Scriptura Does Mean – Scripture is Sufficient The sufficiency of Scripture says that God’s Word is complete, lacking nothing we actually need, and fully capable of providing truth to believe and live the life to which God has called us. It doesn’t contain all there is to know, but it does contain all…

Sola Gospel

Which is a greater threat to the church—subtraction from the gospel or additions to it? What do I mean? Subtraction would be to take away something. There certainly have been serious subtractions in history. Denying Jesus’ true deity or humanity. Take away from the Incarnation and you don’t have the true gospel. Other subtractions include…

It is All About Him

The saving work of Christ I am going to tell the redemptive story of Jesus from the Psalms. Might his Emmaus Road sermon have sounded something like this? While Jesus was born a human around 6 BC, that was not his beginning. In fact, he had no beginning for he was in eternity past the…