Author Archives: Stephen

Killing Hostility

“Killing Hostility” Ephesians 2:11-23

Click on Link to hear audio: 6-10-18

Is anyone mad at you?

Ephesians Review:

• We have a new identity in Christ because we have been chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. (1:1-10)

• We need a spiritual awakening if the truth of what we affirm is to be experienced in real and powerful ways. (1:11-23)

• God’s method for making people holy is chastening grace. (2:1-10)

I. The blood of Christ kills hostility.

A. The Covenants are Jewish promises now extended to Gentiles.

B. The Commandments are rules that no longer apply.

C. God broke down all walls at the cross.

II. Two become one. (1 + 1 = 1)

A. The Church is a miracle of God’s grace.

B. We resolve conflict between individuals when both reconcile to God.

C. Peacemaking is God’s work and ours.

But God!

“But God!” Ephesians 2:1-10

Click on Link to hear Audio: 6-3-18

Grace is a profound sense of gratitude.

I. Religious people and other kinds of sinners need grace.

A. The Jews were the most moral people in the ancient world.

B. Disobedient people have no protection from the world, the flesh, and the devil.

C. Paul includes himself!

II. Grace (the kindness of God for sinners like us) creates gratitude.

A. “Salvation is freely given by God to undeserving sinners.” ISBE 2:547

B. Grace and justice are rooted in the character of God.

III. Grace anticipates holiness.

A. The Law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.

B. Grace is not a license to sin.

C. Grace doesn’t try harder, it tries better.

Berekah for Hagoyim, Part 2

2018-05-20-10-38-30-41Ephesians 1:1-13

We have a new identity in Christ that takes precedence over every human relationship

Why did they burn the magic books?

I. Because they were chosen by the Father…

II. Because they were redeemed by the Son…

A. Redemption in the Old Testament:

B. Redemption in the Greco Roman world:

C. Redemption for us today:

III. Because they were sealed by the Holy Spirit.

The choosing of the Father, redemption of the Son, and sealing of the Holy Spirit are not merely ____________ to be affirmed but ______________ to be practiced.

Berekah for Hagoyim

Ephesians 1:1-13

Click on link to hear audio: 5-13-18

When Paul came to Ephesus the city was possessed by magic.

We know what was in the books the believers burned.

The solution to human depravity is God’s choosing.

Fun facts about God’s choosing:

God’s choosing is enough to bring us joy for all of life.

Advice for living in a promiscuous society

“Advice for godly people living in a promiscuous culture” Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:25-29

I. There is a deceptive, aggressive danger against which we must guard our hearts. (3-6)

A. We are now seeing the consequences of social media becoming mainstream.

B. We live in a promiscuous society that thinks sexy is cute.

II. Therefore we must set boundaries for ourselves to avoid this danger. (7-12)

A. We are tempted because we are human but to act on our lusts will be costly.

B. The battle is won or lost in the mind.

III. Choose wholesome alternatives designed by God for our satisfaction. (13-19)

A. Single people must enjoy platonic friendships.

B. Married people must learn to cherish their own cistern.

IV. Walk in the light of God’s presence. (20-23)

A. Morality/ethics is theocentric, not anthropocentric.

B. Fearing God and loving God are two sides of the same coin.

Who Built the Ark?

Exodus 31: 1-11; 35:30-36:2
What is “leadership”

Click on Link to hear audio:4-29-18

Great Leader = Great Servant

Their names have been remembered.

God is rightly acknowledged as the source of their skill.

Bezalel and Oholiab were willing to use their skills to serve God.

Bezalel and Oholiab oversaw the work of others.

Resting in God’s will for your life.

We welcome Rev. Scott Roen from the Forest Lakes District today. Thanks for coming Scott.

1 Samuel 18-19

Click on Link to hear audio: 4-22-18

The Story:

Jonathan gestures his submission to David’s future

The beginning of the downfall of Saul

The pinnacle of these two chapters

Saul The Shark::David the Fugitive

Psalm 59 David’s song to God during this time:

His presence is our strength

His presence is our fortress

His presence is affirmation of his love

The life of a follower of Jesus Christ:

If the LORD is with us, God’s will for our lives will not be derailed, no matter who is against us or how long we may be delayed.

Evangelism

Click on link to hear audio: 4-8-18

Why do we hesitate to share our faith?

We are _____________________

We don’t feel ________________

We don’t want to be _____________________

We are _____________

I. You can use what you ____________________

II. You can invite someone to ____________________

III. You can share your ________________________

Salome, Witness of Resurrection

Mark 16:1-8

Click on link to hear audio: 4-1-18

Salome was at the cross and the empty tomb.

Salome interceded for her sons. (Matthew 20:20-28)

• Why did she come to Jesus?

• Did Jesus approve of her coming?

• What did she get from Jesus?

Salome was the mother of adult children.

• Wait on God.

• Use wisdom already gained.

• Find our identity in Jesus.