Author Archives: Stephen

Sin and God’s Good News

Genesis 3 & 4

Click here to hear audio:  09-23-18

Are people good or are they bad?

I. Our Choices are Sacramental.

A. A&E were changed forever when they tasted rebellion.

B. When we eat the body and blood of Christ we taste reconciliation.

II. God sets boundaries and allows consequences.

A. The curse was a blessing.

B. The first promise of a Savior.

III. Sin is now crouching.

A. The story doesn’t tell us why God did not accept Cain’s gift.

B. We can master sin by making better offerings.

People are made in God’s __________ but they are in a state of ____________
against our Maker.

What does it mean to be human?

Genesis 1:26 – 2:25

Click on link to hear audio:  09-16-2018

There are two different creations stories in Genesis.

The essence of what it means to be human
is that we are made in God’s image.

I. People have creative ability to manage what God has made.

A. Some things we enjoy making:

B. Things we make can easily become idols.

II. People know right from wrong.

A. Adam & Eve had a singular choice.

B. Choices we make can be sacramental.

III. People exist in relationship.

A. We were made to know God.

B. We need a suitable helper.

The devaluation of human life in our society today is directly related to the secular humanistic view of humanity that refuses to see man as God’s greatest creation.

God’s Good World

Genesis 1:1-13

click on link to hear audio:  9-2-2018

The universe came into existence at the command of a wise, powerful and good Creator at a specific time identified as “the beginning”.

Every civilization has a creation story, a theory of origins, a story about how the universe began that reflects the values of their culture.

Evolution is the modern secular humanism creation story.

Instead of asking whether the Bible is scientific Christians might ask whether Evolution is Biblical.

Secular Evolution and Biblical Creation have irreconcilable differences:

• Man is a special creation in God’s image, distinct from animals.
• The original creation was good.
• “Kinds” were created distinct from one another.
• The universe was created out of nothing.

If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not create the universe then the rest of the Bible is without theological foundation. The other Biblical writers understood this.

Psalm 19: Creation reveals God’s glory.

John 1: The Gospel story begins with creation.

Colossians 1: Jesus is preeminent over creation and the church.

Hebrews 11: By faith we understand.

Grace Goes into Battle

Click on link to hear audio:  9-2-2018

Ephesians 6:10-20

I. Take up the whole armor of God.

A. We wrestle not against flesh and blood.

B. The spiritual world is more real than the physical.

II. Stand Firm.

A. Belt of Truth

B. Breastplate of Righteousness

C. Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

D. Shield of Faith

E. Helmet of Salvation

F. Sword of the Spirit

III. Always pray.

Who are we working for?

“Who are we working for?” Ephesians 6:5-9

Click on link for sermon audio:  08-26-18

I. Obey your masters with respect and fear.

A. Doing our job well is an effective witness for Christ.

B. Integrity at work matters ultimately to glorify Him by doing good works.

II. In Christ employers will seek the welfare of their employees.

A. The employer should seek his servants welfare in the “same way.

B. Intimidations by the way of threats is a poor leadership style.

III. In Christ slave sand masters look to God, not men for reward.

A. God rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6)

B. God’s rewards are eternal (Matthew 25:14-30)

C. We will suffer loss if we don’t build carefully (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)

Practicing Grace at Home

“Practicing Grace at Home” Ephesians 5:21-33

Click on link to hear audio:  8-19-18

I. Grace teaches us about marriage

A. The church’s submission to Christ is the pattern for wives submitting to their husbands

B. Christ’s love for the church is the pattern for husbands loving their wives.

II. Marriage teaches us about grace.

Husbands : Wives :: Christ : Church

III. Practicing grace in marriage is counter-cultural.

A. Chastening grace corrects the error of chauvinism.

Power makes the Man

B. Chastening grace corrects the error of feminism.

Men and Women are the Same

Does grace work in the real world?

Be careful how you walk

Ephesians 5:15-21

Click on link to hear audio:  08-12-18

I. Live Wisely (15-17)

A. Wisdom is an important literary genre throughout the Bible.

B. Maturing believers should understand God’s will.

II. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit (18-21)

A. Filling is a measured awareness of the Holy Spirit.

B. Four on ramps to filling by the Holy Spirit.

1. Speaking to one another in psalms.

2. Singing to the Lord.

3. Giving thanks always for all things.

4. Submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.

All that Shines is Light

Ephesians 5:3-14

click on link to hear audio:  08-05-2018

Two wrong conclusions:

• I’m pretty good because of what I do.

• I’m pretty bad because of how I fail.

Five Attitude Checks:

• Coarse talking betrays an ungrateful heart.

• Immorality is closely associated with idolatry.

• If we disobey God we will encounter his wrath.

• We must learn to please God.

• Shame can be good.

Our new identity in Christ is light.

A. Matthew 5:14

B. 1 John 1:5-7

C. 1 Peter 2:9

D. Ephesians 5:8

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

For all that shines is light

Trust your Friend; know your enemy

Gospel Project presentation:  07-29-18-TheGospelProject

Click on link to hear audio:  07-29-18-Sermon

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

The Culture of the Church (review)

I. Do not give the Devil an opportunity (place)

A. Put away falsehood

B. Control our tempers

C. Do honest work

II. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit

A. Avoid sins of the tongue.

B. Our words should build up, not put down.

C. Follow Christ’s example of forgiveness.