SERMONS FROM GOD'S WORD
In our second sermon in the series, we talk about the birth of the church, the uniqueness of the church, the exclusivity of the church, and why the church matters for us.
THE NEW NORMAL IS NOT NORMAL (HEBREWS 10:19-31)
In our 3 week sermon series, we want to answer a single question- "is the church essential?"
In our first message we introduce how devastating the Covid lockdowns have been for the church and how many of our leaders responses to it will have long term effects on the future of the church at large.
We talked about what not forsaking the assembly means in Hebrews 10 and why it's dangerous for us in these last days to not be part of a local church!
THE GOODNESS OF GOD
Warren talks about the goodness of God from Psalm 16 and how deep the Hebrew language goes in showing us more of the heart of God for us.
NO KING, NO RULES (JUDGES 19-21)
We finish our series on Judges (during a thunderstorm no less!) and sadly it does not end with much hope. Chapters 19-21 have rape, murder, civil war, and kidnapping. Not a pretty way to end this tragic book.
But so many lessons can be learned here about marriage, the role of a husband in loving and protecting his wife, about righteous anger, and why the Bible needs to be our guide in everything that we do.
Judges shows us what a culture is like when God is not in the picture. Our hope in this series was to see how similar our culture is and how desperate we all need a saviour!
MICAH'S IDOL (JUDGES 17-18)
This section of Judges is a powerful warning against the dangers of idol worship in our lives. Micah may have been sincere in what he did here, but he was sincerely wrong.
Our culture lies to us and says that some religion is better than none, that if we are sincere in what we believe we will be okay, and that truth is relative.
We talk about why these are lies and how we really are no better than the people we find in the book of Judges.
We no longer have to make and worship idols of the hands or of the heart because the Holy Spirit lives inside of the believer and we can now worship God in Spirit and in truth!
LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF SAMSON (JUDGES 13-16)
Special guest Neil Rempel brings us lessons from the tragic life of Samson and tells us how the church today is making the same mistakes as ancient Israel!
JEPHTHAH'S FOOLISH VOW (JUDGES 11-12)
Jephthah is infamous in the Bible for making a foolish vow that costs him his only daughter's life. Is that really what happens?
What does the Bible say about making vows? Jephthah shows us that we don't have to let our bad family background influence the rest of our lives and our past will be no excuse on judgment day when we stand before God.
The Bible is full of stories like this that are hard to take. Sometimes the only lessons we can learn are "what not to do". As always this passage showing us sinful mankind at it's worst is a great reminder of our need of grace!
THE MERCY OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER
Warren Bracken preaches from Psalm 136 about the mercy of God.
A BROTHER'S BETRAYAL (JUDGES 9)
Abimelek betrays his brothers and kills them to become king. His reign lasts 3 years but it doesn't end well for him.
Passages like this are hard to read sometimes because they are so violent and have little hope. But there is much we can learn in Judges 9 about leadership, standing in the gap, gossip, and other sins that we struggle with.
Our application week by week is the same- we need Jesus! That hasn't changed and so we continue to look unto Him to heal us from our brokenness, to give us hope for a future, and to help us make sense of this chaotic world we are in. **(sermon starts about 26 minutes in)**
THE RISE AND FALL OF GIDEON (JUDGES 6-8)
Gideon is well known for his victory in Judges 7, but that isn't the full story. Gideon was a man used by God but he was not perfect and in fact ended his life with some great failures.
There is much we can learn from this. We should not look down on the judges failure, as we are no different with our own sin and idols.
This book should give us hope, not because the events in this book are all positive but because Jesus Christ is the solution to the issues we find in this book of the Bible!
THE VICIOUS CYCLE (JUDGES 2)
The book of Judges is in many ways a tragic book of the Bible. We continually see a vicious cycle occurring: the people fall into sin, God judges them, the people repent, God saves them by giving them a judge (leader), the judges dies, and the people fall back into sin again.
Are we really all that different? What can we learn from this book? How is our nation the same as theirs? How does this book expose our sin and show us our need of Jesus?
Join us this summer as we go through portions of the book of Judges together!
GUEST SPEAKER (WARREN BRACKEN)
Warren talks about the love God has for us. He covers Song of Solomon chapter 4, John 3, why you need to be born again, and why this matters for us today.
SOLI DEL GLORIA (THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE)
Why did God give us His perfect written Word? Why does He save us by grace alone, by faith alone, and by Christ alone?
The answer is for the glory of God alone. The sola's are what brings God the most glory, which is why He did it this way. God's honor and glory should always be at the forefront of our minds before we speak or act. God's glory kills our pride and should bring transformation to our homes and church.
God's glory should be the driving force behind everything we do.
SOLA FIDE (FAITH ALONE)
We are saved from death and hell by placing our faith in Jesus Christ and His finished sacrifice alone.
We address the confusion about what justification actually is and why works have no place in salvation. Rather, the Bible clearly teaches that good works are a result of salvation.
How we act is an evidence of the kind of faith we have.
SOLA GRATIA (GRACE ALONE)
We are saved by the unmerited favor of God alone. We cannot add our personal merit to salvation and grace is something God pours out freely, not through the church or anyone else.
Grace should impact us because if I really did nothing to merit salvation and God continues to pour out grace to us regardless of if we are doing or being all the right things; then we should be a very different people than we are!
SOLUS CHRISTUS (CHRIST ALONE)
In the midst of a culture that doesn't really know who Jesus is or what He has done, our next sola of Christ alone could not be more important.
The debate during the reformation was not over the person of Christ, but the work of Christ. Is Christ the only mediator between us and God? And was the sacrifice of Jesus enough to forgive us of all our sins and enough to secure our eternal salvation?
We address these questions Biblically and then we talk through some of the common objections to these points.
Why does Christ alone matter? Because nothing else could be more important. If we can really be saved by simple faith in Christ's finished sacrifice, we can now rest and all glory goes to God!
SOLA SCRIPTURA (SCRIPTURE ALONE)
Sola comes from a latin word that means "alone." There are 5 foundational truths that were rediscovered during the protestant reformation and they changed the world forever.
Our first sola is "sola scriptura" which means "scripture alone". The Bible alone is our final authority in all things.
Church tradition, popes, denominations, churches, and anything else does not have any authority over the Word of God.
This matters because this is the foundation of everything we believe about who Jesus is, how a person is saved, what our authority is, and so forth. Do we really believe the Bible is God's Word and that it has authority over our lives?
NINEVEH'S DOOM IS DESERVED (NAHUM 2-3)
For God to say "I am against you" might be some of the most terrifying words to ever be spoken in Scripture. In Nahum 2, we're told with prophetic precision what would happen to Nineveh. In chapter 3, we're told more about why Nineveh deserved to be judged.
Not all of the Bible is easy to read. But Nahum stands as a clear warning against nations that have forgotten God and for us that there are no second chances after death.
We must get right with God now, before it's too late.
THE DECLARATION OF NINEVEH'S DOOM (NAHUM 1)
Nahum is a book that stands in stark contrast to it's counterpart, Jonah. Instead of seeing God's grace and forgiveness in action, we see God's anger and wrath against Nineveh.
Sin is primarily something that offends God and is a violation of His character. We should consider Who we are representing the next time temptation comes our way.
The wrath of God should bother us if we do not know Him but it should encourage those of us who do, because it means that He will not put up with evil forever.
GOD'S HEART FOR THE NATIONS (JONAH 4)
The book of Jonah ends abruptly as the prophet wishes death on himself after seeing Nineveh spared from judgment. God shares with Jonah an important lesson about His heart of mercy for the nations and we talked at length about why this should matter to us as we consider how and why we should minister to people we hate, dislike, or don't care about. **Audio wasn't recorded, apologies for the video's sound quality**
THE UNJUST REPENTANCE OF NINEVEH (JONAH 3)
Jonah preaches the shortest sermon ever recorded in the Bible and we see the greatest revival ever as a result of it. The evil Ninevites are saved!
But Jonah is not happy with their response. He is angry at what he sees as a grave injustice. How can God forgive this city for what they had done while remaining holy and just? This is no small question as it relates to the character of God.
It's only as we find out what Jesus has done that this and every other question in the Bible makes any sense.
Jesus is the hero of the story, not us!
RUNNING AWAY FROM THE WILL OF GOD (JONAH CHAPTER 1-2)
Jonah is far more than a book about a man being swallowed by a fish. Jonah is a book all about God's heart of mercy for wicked nations of people, even Israel's enemies.
Jonah runs from God's call to preach to Nineveh, but it's in his journey that he discovers that God is far bigger than he ever imagined. God uses even Jonah's disobedience to accomplish His will for the people He wants to reach.
Jonah is a book all about God and points us to our need of Jesus Christ in many ways!
PREPARE TO PERSEVERE
We need to be prepared for the hard days ahead. The Bible says that in the last days many will fall away from the faith. How can we guard against this happening in our own lives?
We must remain doctrinally pure, morally upright, engaged with the church, involved in the great commission, and passionate for God until the end.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS (MARK 16)
Jesus has been illegally put to death. All hope seems to be lost, but Jesus proves who He is by rising again from the dead!
We talk about different debunked theories regarding the death of Jesus, the manuscript issues at the end of Mark 16, why the great commission here is different than Matthew's, and why the resurrection matters to us today.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR A NATION THAT HAS FORGOTTEN GOD (DANIEL 9)
As we pray for our country during this difficult time we need to make sure our prayers are linked with confession and repentance of sin. Daniel 9 gives us an amazing example of a righteous man interceeding before God for a wicked nation, which is an amazing picture of what Jesus does for us.
If things go back to normal, how should we change and grow? And if we don't want to, why should God relent of the disaster He has allowed to come upon us?
A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Our world has many questions about God and all the suffering they are seeing in our world, and we as Christians are called to have a well reasoned Biblical response to their many questions.
God created a perfect world with no sin, suffering, disease or death. But we chose to sin and because of that not only did we die, as God warned; but death spread to the entire cosmos, bringing it to it's knees.
All of creation groans in anticipation of Christ's return where all things will be made new. That is our only hope.
We are called to share the hope we have in Christ during this time, but maybe this pandemic has revealed how attached we are to this world and the things of this world, which we are told in the Bible "is not our home."
THE DEATH OF JESUS (MARK 15)
Jesus is betrayed into the hands of sinful humanity and Mark 15 tells us what happened. Crucifixion was one of the worst deaths imaginable and yet we see Jesus walking through this suffering with boldness because He is God. Mankind so loves their sin that they killed God, but God loved mankind so much that He GAVE. This is our hope!
THE ARREST OF JESUS (MARK 14:43-72)
Bad things are happening to Jesus. He is arrested and put on trial illegally, and he is beaten and treated like a common criminal for the apparent crime of blasphemy. Through this entire situation we see Jesus is completely in control. He allows this to happen to Him out of love for us but there is never a point where He is not completely sovereign over these events.
With all of the crazy things happening in the world, the exact same thing is true today. Bad things are happening, God is still in control, and He is even able to use a terrible disease to accomplish His will in the world, to make us more like Jesus through it, and to use us to show the world the hope that only He brings!
WHAT WAS IN THE CUP? (MARK 14:27-42)
Jesus asks His Father in the garden of Gethsemane to please let this cup pass from Him. What was in the cup? Who gave Jesus this cup? Why did this figurative cup that Jesus had to drink to bring salvation to the world bring such sorrow and terror to the heart of Jesus?
It's in this answer that we find the heart of the Gospel. Everything I deserved to have happen to me because of my sin happens to Jesus instead. He is punished and dies in my place with my sin placed upon Him so that I can be forgiven and set free.
BETRAYAL AT THE LAST SUPPER (MARK 14:1-26)
As we head into Easter we plan to finish the Gospel of Mark over the next 7 weeks. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, but why? And if God used his betrayal to set things in motion to bring salvation to the entire world- how can Judas be held accountable for his sin? We finished up by talking about the truth that God can have empathy for us who have been stabbed in the back because He was betrayed, too!
FINAL WARNINGS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS (JUDE 1:20-25)
We finished up the book of Jude with some lengthy review, some commands, wisdom on how to minister to others who might be dangerous to be around, and ended with a benediction and final thoughts on the book of Jude. We talked about the importance of having shepards watch out for our soul and opening up to others in the church and allowing ourselves to be cared for.
THE CONDEMNATION OF FALSE TEACHERS (JUDE 1:11-19)
We need to carefully define what a heresy is because Jude makes it clear that those who believe or teach it are heading for hell. Jude gives some Old Testament examples that help us to see what false teachers are like and gives some powerful imagery showing us not only how destructive they are, but how useless they are. We finished by talking about the slippery slope of compromise and how there is serious error being taught today that though it isn't technically heresy, it may just end up shipwrecking the faith of many.
THE MARKS OF A FALSE TEACHER (JUDE 1:5-10)
What are false teachers like and why should we care? Jude is a forgotten gem in the New Testament, and considering the harshness of this passage we can see why so many avoid what the little brother of Jesus has to say here.
But it's important. Critically so. We need to be on guard against false teachers because they are real and they are in the church. This passage gives some Old Testament examples of what the modern day false teacher is like and we would be wise to heed these words.
WE MUST CONTEND FOR THE FAITH (JUDE 1:1-4)
The Gospel is under attack from inside of the church and we must contend for it. In fulfillment of Peter's predictions (in 2Peter), false teachers have entered the church during the time of Jude. They were teaching a twisted form of grace and denying by their wicked lifestyles that Jesus was Lord. Jude calls us to stand for the faith that has been so sacrificially passed down to us and to care about the truth of God's Word!
BREAKING DOWN STRONGHOLDS IN THE BELIEVER'S LIFE
In our final sermon in our free indeed series, we talk about breaking down strongholds that are common in the believer's life. Forgiveness, serving God and others, and witnessing are all talked about.
God help us to continue on in His truths and to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We hope the truths presented in this series have produced worship in you that will hopefully lead to greater obedience to Him.
THE BELIEVER HAS BEEN SET FREE FROM THE POWER OF SATAN (EPHESIANS 6)
It seems from the Bible that God often speaks in "stereo". On one hand, we're told we're free from sin but at the same time we're told that we should put sin to death. We're told the kingdom is now but not yet. In the same way, the Bible says that the power of satan is broken in the believers life and yet at the same time he is active in the world and his minions lie and cause chaos constantly.
There's so much we don't know about these spiritual beings called demons, but we don't have to. We should submit ourselves to God, work on our relationship with Him, and when those attacks come we can run to God who is our Strong Tower and stand firm in the armor of God He has given us.
WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM THE POWER OF SIN IN OUR LIVES (ROMANS 6)
Jesus died for us to save us from death and hell. This is an amazing truth we praise God for. But so much more happened on that cross. I also died with Him. Whatever this deep spiritual means, Romans 6 tells us the intended result. We are now free from the power of sin in our lives. We need to know and believe this. We need to live in light of this. When sin comes knocking we can now say no and stand our ground because the power of sin is now broken in our life. Do we really want to be set free from sin in our lives?
THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE (JOHN 8:31-36)
Why do our new years resolutions fail, year after year? Why do we struggle to stop the things we know we shouldn't be doing and to start doing the right things that deep down, we want to do? Introducing our new series, we get into what Jesus means when He says that the truth can set us free. We lay the foundation that says we need to get into the Bible, find out what God says about who we are and what He has done for us, we need to believe it, and then we need to yield ourselves to God with full expectancy, knowing the results will come. You are free from sin, satan, and self. And you need to live like this is true, because it IS true. Stay tuned for the rest of the series, should be very important to hear!
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